2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Swimming: Monday, May 17th – Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- Budapest, Hungary
- Prelims at 10:00 am local/Finals at 6:00 pm local
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Due to a timing error, the women’s 100 backstroke final at the 2021 European Championships had to be re-swum on Friday night, taking place approximately 45 minutes after the scheduled session had wrapped up.
In the original final, which happened relatively early in the session, Great Britain’s Kathleen Dawson dominated the field en route to a decisive victory, breaking the European Championship Record in a personal best time of 58.18.
However, due to the malfunction, it was announced that the event would be re-swum and that all of the times established in the initial heat would not count. That took away Dawson’s meet record, though she still held it with her 58.44 from the semi-finals.
The swimmer most obviously impacted by the starting error was Sweden’s Louise Hansson, who clearly missed the start and ended up swimming a time over two seconds slower than she had in the semi-finals (1:02.29 to 1:00.04).
Below, you can find the results of the initial final. Credit to Steve Buckley/@pullbuoy for providing us with full results of the race, which have since been deleted.
Initial Final Results
- Kathleen Dawson (GBR), 58.18
- Kira Toussaint (NED), 59.02
- Maria Kameneva (RUS), 59.13
- Margherita Panziera (ITA), 59.65
- Cassie Wild (GBR), 59.82
- Anastasia Fesikova (RUS) / Maaike De Waard (NED), 1:00.33
- Louise Hansson (SWE), 1:02.29
In the re-swim, Dawson got the job done again, this time in 58.49. Though she loses her official PB of 58.18 and that Championship Record, she still owns the record and keeps her European gold medal.
Dawson was notably much more conservative on the first 50 in the re-swim, flipping in 28.47 compared to a blazing 27.99 in the first final. She closed faster, 30.02 to 30.19, in the re-swim.
Italian Margherita Panziera was the biggest benefactor of the re-swim, dropping over six tenths from the first heat to move up from fourth to the silver medal in 59.01, .09 off her Italian Record.
A 200 back specialist, Panziera’s endurance likely played a factor in her swimming so strong in a back-to-back scenario.
On the other end of the spectrum was Toussaint, who goes from winning the silver to finishing outside the medals in fourth, adding three tenths from earlier in the session in 59.32. Russia’s Kameneva added just under a tenth and kept the bronze medal in 59.22.
Hansson went 2.25 seconds faster with a fair start, equalling her semi-final time in 1:00.04 to place sixth. Great Britain’s Cassie Wild maintained fifth place, dropping a bit of time in 59.68, while Russian veteran and 2018 champion Anastasia Fesikova swam the exact same time – 1:00.33 – and fell one spot to seventh.
Maaike de Waard, who had also reportedly not heard the start in the first race but was clearly not as hindered as Hansson, added three tenths and fell to eighth in 1:00.64.
This was also Dawson’s second medal in the event after winning bronze in 2016.
Re-Swim Final Results (Difference From First Final In Brackets)
- Kathleen Dawson (GBR), 58.49 (+0.31)
- Margherita Panziera (ITA), 59.01 (-0.64)
- Maria Kameneva (RUS), 59.22 (+0.09)
- Kira Toussaint (NED), 59.32 (+0.30)
- Cassie Wild (GBR), 59.68 (-0.14)
- Louise Hansson (SWE), 1:00.04 (-2.25)
- Anastasia Fesikova (RUS), 1:00.33 (0.00)
- Maaike De Waard (NED), 1:00.64 (+0.31)
While a re-swim of this magnitude hasn’t happened in recent memory, there have been some individual time trials offered to swimmers at major meets for various starting malfunctions, and it seems to always be backstroke.
At the 2019 World Championships, issues with the starting ledges resulted in multiple re-swims in the men’s 100 backstroke, including Italian Simone Sabbioni having a second issue during his re-swim. Dylan Carter also got a re-swim, and with both men going fast enough to qualify for the next round initially, FINA ended up allowing 18 swimmers to race the semi-finals.
At the 2019 NCAA Men’s Championships, Cal’s Daniel Carr was awarded a re-swim in the 100 back after the officials failed to remove the wedge from his lane for his turn at the 50. Carr ended up swimming a lifetime best in the re-swim and qualifying for the final.
There was also an issue at the 2019 CCSA Championships, where four 50 free heats had to be re-swum due to a timing malfunction.