Euro Meet Luxembourg: 2018 world best times for Proud, Sjöström, Peaty

by Daniela Kapser 8

January 27th, 2018 Europe, International, News


The evening starts in Luxembourg with the women’s 50m breaststroke. Finland’s Ida Hulkko took the win with a time of 31,20. That is the fifth fastest time worldwide in 2018.

Women’s 50m breaststroke: 

1.HULKKO Ida 98 Team Finland 31.20
2.CARRARO Martina 93 Federazione Italiana Nuoto 31.43  3.CLARK Imogen 99 Loughborough National Centre 31.51

Adam Peaty (GBR) bettered his own Euro Meet record, he set last year, from 27,02 to 26,94. He is now the first man in 2018 under 26 seconds.

Men’s 50m breaststroke: 

1.PEATY Adam 94 Great Britain 26.94  MR
2.VOM LEHN Christian 92 SG Bayer (GER) 28.34
3.GERASIMENKO Vladislav 01 Energy Standard 28.56

Sarah Sjöström (SWE) dominated the field in the women’s 50m butterfly, she was clocked at 25,07. She is now the fastest woman in 2018 in the FINA world ranking ahead of Cate Campbell. Asked after the victory ceremony what are her goals for 2018, the Olympic Champion said, that she focuses on the 2018 European Championships (LC) in Glasgow and also on the 2018 SC World Championships. 

Women’s 50m butterfly: 

1.SJOESTROEM Sarah 93 SWE 25.07
2.SZILAGY Liliana 96 Honved Club/HUN 26.82
3.ATKINSON Charlotte 96 Great Britain 27.24

On the men’s side, Ben Proud (GBR) set the fastest time in the world in the fresh 2018 FINA world ranking, posting a 23,03, also a new Euro Meet record. Ukrainian Andriy Govorow now sits on the second spot in the world list, he was clocked at 23,20, this was exactly the same time he swam in the heats yesterday (at this time also a new Euro Meet record).

Men’s 50m butterfly: 

1.PROUD Ben 94 Great Britain 23.03
2.GOVOROV Andriy 92 Ukraine 23.20
3.WIERLING Damian 96 Germany 23.47

Germany’s Reva Foos was the only woman under 2 minutes in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:59,87.

Women’s 200m freestyle: 

1.FOOS Reva 93 DSW 1912 Darmstadt (GER) 1:59.87
2.HOPE Lucy 97 Edinburgh University (GBR) 2:00.95
3.HARVEY Mary-Sophie 99 Energy Standard (CAN) 2:01.03

Great Britain’s Duncon Scott wasn’t really awake during this morning’s preliminary race, he missed the A final, but finished tonight in the B final in a time of 1:47,87 – faster than the winner of the A final, his teammate James Guy (1:47,97). Scott and Guy now are the two fastest men in the world so far, apart from Danas Rapsys (LIT) who was clocked at 1:45,30 at the Flanders Cup last week. James Guy said that the British team is on fire because of the upcoming Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Men’s 200m freestyle:

1.GUY James 95 Great Britain 1:47.97
2.HEIDTMANN Jacob 94 GER 1:48.87
3.ZELLMANN Poul 95 GER 1:49.27 813

Georgia Davies (GBR) grabbed the gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke in 1:00,66. Sarah Sjöström earned the silver in 1:01,02. top spot for the A-final with a time of  28,57 in the women’s 50m backstroke.

1. DAVIES Georgia 90 Energy Standard (GBR) 1:00.66
2. SJOESTROEM Sarah 93 (SWE)
3. GRAF Lisa 92 German Swimming Federation 1:01.28

Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov startet on lane 4 in the final and took the win in 54,31, the 4th fastest time in 2018 so far.

Men’s 100m backstroke:

1. KOLESNIKOV Kliment 00 Energy Standard (RUS) 54.31
2. WALKER-HEBBORN Christopher 90 Great Britain 55.23
3. CECCON Thomas 01 ASD Leosport  (ITA) 55.76

The victory in the women’s 200m breaststroke went to Jessica Steiger (GER) in 2:25,79, the third fastest time in 2018 worldwide.

Women’s 200m breaststroke:

1.STEIGER Jessica 92 German Swimming Federation 2:25.79
2.GRIMBERG Vanessa 93 Team Baden-Wuerttemberg (GER) 2:26.16
3.ULYETT Jocelyn 95 Great Britain 2:26.57

Marco Koch won the 200m breaststroke for the 6th time in a row tonight, he was clocked at 2:09,49. He is the only man in the world in 2018 who stayed under 2:10, now for the second time after last week’s Flanders Cup in Belgium. Koch said that he is looking forward to the upcoming season and he focuses first on the qualification for the European Championships because of the tough German nomination standards. He added with a smile that he feels a little bit old because he has won the 200m breaststroke now for the sixth consecutive time.

Men’s 200m breaststroke:

1.KOCH Marco 90 DSW 1912 Darmstadt (GER) 2:09.49
2.MURDOCH Ross 94 Great Britain 2:12.52
3.PILGER Maximilian 96 German Swimming Federation 2:13.01

Franziska Hentke (GER) bettered her own Euro Meet record in the 200m butterfly and took the win in 2:08,18, that is the second fastest time in this event this season in the world. It was a close race, Hentke had a better finish than Hungary’s Liliana Szilagy who was in the lead for the whole race. Hentke was very satisfied with her performance and added that her strength is the finish.


Women’s 200m butterfly:

1.HENTKE Franziska 89 German Swimming Federation 2:08.18 MR
2.SZILAGY Liliana 96 Honved Club  (HUN) 2:08.48
3.ATKINSON Charlotte 96 Great Britain 2:11.52 794

Never understimate an experienced 32-year old Hungarian “veteran” swimmer like Laszlo Cseh, he had his hands on the wall first in the 200m butterfly in 1:58,07, the fourth fastest time in 2018 worldwide. Cseh focuses on the 2018 European Championships and the Euro Meet is a good preparation for him on the way to Glasgow. But he added that he has strong competitors in the butterfly events in Hungary. For Cseh, swimming and racing is a passion and the reason why he stays in the sport.

Men’s 200 butterfly:

1.CSEH Laszlo 85 Egri UK (HUN) 1:58.07
2.KLENZ Ramon 98 German Swimming Federation 1:58.58
3.GUY James 95 Great Britain 1:59.52

Sarah Sjöström dominated the 50m freestyle race in a winning time of 24,24. This time means for her the second spot in the current world ranking behind Cate Campbell. Suisse’s Nina Kost grabbed the silver, Kost competed for Germany internationally until last year when she changed  her right to start, she also owns the citizenship of Switzerland.

Women’s 50m freestyle: 

1.SJOESTROEM Sarah 93 Soedertoerns Simsaellskap 24.24
2.KOST Nina 95 Schwimmclub Uster Wallisellen (SUI) 25.57
3.VAN ROON Valerie 98 KNZB (NED)  25.60

Ben Proud is the first man in the world in 2018 who stayed under 22 seconds in the 50m freestyle and he set a new Euro Meet record with his winning time of 21,89. Germany’s Damian Wierling and Japan’s Shinri Shioura finished second in 22,26 and are both now on the third spot in the FINA world ranking for 2018.


1.PROUD Ben 94 Great Britain 21.89  MR
2.WIERLING Damian 96 German Swimming Federation 22.26 and SHIOURA Shinri 91 Itoman Club Japan 22.26



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GB perspective: Ben Proud really caught my eye this evening – He looked absolutely fantastic in the water. Peaty surprisingly swift after some of his Loughborough teammates looked rather heavy. James Guy looks very heavy legged, and it really showed in his 200fl – Just never really got going with the free in his legs. He’ll be hard to gauge this year with his sights moved away from the 400. Ulyett far faster than this time last year – Indeed her 5th fastest tine ever, and her first time under 2.27 unrested. She is an unknown quantity this year after an injury affected worlds prep in 2017. Laszlo is doing it again – 23.6 50fl is really pretty impressive at… Read more »


What in earth happened to Scott?


Just misjudged his heat I imagine.

Thomas Selig

Yeah. He was lane 4 in the final heat, with an empty lane 5. Finished third to a couple of outside lanes, but it ended up being the slowest of the seeded heats by some margin. Finished 11th. Guy was also third in his heat but it was a much faster heat. Shame, could have been a good scrap between the two.

Agree re Proud, he looked terrific. 23.0 at this stage of the year in the fly is seriously quick.


Proud nearly Dressel-esque at the start. Swimming 23.03 in the 50 fly, in January, is ridicolously fast. Even the shiny-suited WR isn’t out of reach within two seasons. Also Peaty’s start looking better than the past: one of the few races in which he didn’t lose much ground. Not a good choice that of Marco Koch (who remains a sublime breastroker) to increase a lot his frequency stroke in the last 30 metres; two good races from Damian Wierling (23.47 in the 50 fly, 22.26 in the 50 free) whilst I watched with interest Kolesnikov in the 200 im morning heat. The youngster (visibly in the midst of heavy training) has a tremendous fly (25.31 in the heat) and, obviously,… Read more »


Jazz Carlin posting some fairly painful times. 8.46 and 2.04 in the 800/200 free. We haven’t seen her race much but even for someone in heavy training those are worrying.


Bud McAllister always said her tenaciousness was her biggest asset, and even compared her to Evans in that regard, so if I’d back any British swimmer making it back it’d be her – She’ll need every ounce of it to come back based on her post-Rio exploits though.


Being spoiled by Sjostrom’s surprising fireworks of great freestyle performances that started right at this meet a year ago I was intrigued with the inclusion of 50/100 backstroke races in her program. Nothing spectacular is happening so far and there is no indication of some progress in this direction. At least I expected that she would be the strongest at the second half of 100 race. No, she was third. Maybe she swims backstroke to entertain herself and still there is some prize money.
P.S. What is this big white package that swimmers receive at the award ceremony? Looks like “My pillow” 😀

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