21 year old Viktor Bromer dominated the men’s events over the last five days of competition in Odense at the Danish National Swimming Championships. Bromer won the 200 and 400 IM, 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 backstroke along with setting the 200 butterfly Nordic and Danish records twice in one day, “It’s a slightly strange feeling to beat a Nordic record,” Bromer told the Danish press.
“It was not really a goal, and it was not really a time that I had set myself up to swim. I just swam my own race and focused on what my coach had told me to do.”
In the prelims of the event Bromer qualified for the finals in a time of 1:56.21, more than a second faster than the Danish record of 1:57.53 he set in June and close to a second faster than Swedish swimmer Simon Sjodin’s 2009 Nordic record of 1:57.01. In the final he made another incredible improvement winning the event in a time of 1:55.59, nearly eight seconds ahead of his next competitor.
His time places sixth in the world rankings:
“It’s cool to have turned a Nordic record and know that you are the best in Scandinavia ever to swim the discipline, and that’s a good sign towards the European Championships in Berlin.”
“My goal is to get into the finals of the 200m butterfly and swimming a personal best time. And then we will see what it goes to.”
Bromer’s time is the second fastest done by a European athlete in 2014 with only Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland having swum faster posting a time of 1:55.30 in June.
Danish National Team Head Coach Nick Juba was extremely happy with the result and is confident that Bromer will be prepared to swim even faster in Berlin, “It is great that Viktor is swimming so fast right now and I am sure that his coach Eyleifur Johannesson, with his great experience, will have him ready to swim even faster.”
Bromer also set new lifetime bests in the 100 butterfly (53.44), 400 IM (4:23.01) and 200 backstroke (2:06.02).
The majority of the top Danish women were absent from the competition with the exception of Mie Nielsen who picked up wins in the 50 (28.31) and 100 backstroke (1:00.28), the 200 IM (2:18.72) and the 200 freestyle (2:01.88).
Emily Beckmann kept Nielsen from picking up a fifth win taking the gold in the 50 butterfly recording a time of 26.80 followed by Nielsen who finished a time of 27.28. Beckmann also took the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:00.38.
Full results can be found here.