2018 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- August 3-9, 2018 (swimming portion)
- Glasgow, Scotland
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre
- Meet Central
- Psych Sheet
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Europe w/ English commentary)
- Full Results
Cusinato first lowered the record just over a month ago at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, breaking Alessia Filippi‘s 2009 mark of 2:11.25 in 2:10.92. She brought it down to 2:10.77 in the semis, and was the favorite for bronze heading into the final behind Katinka Hosszu and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor.
The final ended up being much closer than anticipated, and Cusinato actually led the field through 150 metres with the 2nd-fastest breaststroke split (37.42). Hosszu roared home to win her record 5th straight title, and Cusinato was the 2nd-fastest on the free as well to take 2nd in 2:10.25, just .08 off of the Hungarian. In just over a month she has brought the Italian Record down a full second.
Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova broke her National Record as well to take bronze in 2:10.83, leaving O’Connor out of the medals in 4th (2:10.85).
Earlier in the session, another Italian Record fell as Matteo Restivo snagged bronze in the men’s 200 back.
Restivo held the record from the 2017 Italian Championships in 1:56.55, but managed to get down to 1:56.29 in tonight’s final to win bronze behind Russian Evgeny Rylov (1:53.36) and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:56.07).