European Recap Day 4: A Great Night for Britain

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

EUROPEAN RECAPS:

OLYMPIC RECORDS

  • Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – women’s 200 IM – finals – 2:06.58
    • Previous record – Katinka Hosszu – 2:07.45 – 2016 Olympic Games (prelims)

COMMONWEALTH RECORDS

  • Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR) – women’s 200 IM – finals – 2:06.88 (NR)
    • Previous record – Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 2:07.57 – Rio Olympic Games (semi-finals)

NATIONAL RECORDS

  • Great Britain – Duncan Scott – men’s 100 freestyle – prelims – 48.01
    • Previous record – Simon Burnett – 48.20 – 2008 Olympic Games
  • Great Britain – Men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay – finals – 7:03.13
    • Previous record – 7:04.33 – 2015 World Championships
  • Sweden – Sarah Sjostrom – women’s 200 freestyle – finals – 1:54.08
    • Previous record – Sarah Sjostrom – 1:54.31 – 2015 World Championships
  • Sweden – Erik Persson – men’s 200 breaststroke – semi-finals – 2:10.12
    • Previous record – Erik Persson – 2:10.35 – 2016 Stockholm Open
  • Russia – Anton Chupkov – men’s 200 breaststroke – prelims – 2:07.93
    • Previous record – Anton Chupkov – 2:08.53 – 2016 Mare Nostrum – Canet

Medal Standings

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Hungary 3 1 2
Italy 1 1
Spain 1 1
Great Britain 1 3 4
Sweden 2 2
France 1 1
Russia 1 1
Total 6 5 3 14

 

There was one Olympic record and eight national records set by European swimmers on the fourth day of competition in Rio. Both Great Britain and Sweden had a strong fourth day with multiple national records being set.

The Europeans experienced their biggest medal haul on Tuesday evening picking up one gold, three silver and one bronze:

  • Gold – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 200 IM
  • Silver – Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR) – 200 IM
  • Silver – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 200 freestyle
  • Silver – Great Britain men’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay
  • Bronze – Tamas Kenderesi (HUN) – 200 butterfly

Although Great Britain did not have a swimmer stand on the top of the podium on Tuesday evening it was still a wonderful night for the nation. The British swimmers collected two silver medals and broke three national records in total on Tuesday.

The British team has now surpassed the the total number of medals, one silver and two bronze, that they won at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the first four days of competition the nation has earned one gold and three silver medals and currently sits fourth in the medals standings.

The star of the evening was 20 year old Siobhan-Marie O’Connor. On Monday evening O’Connor wiped out her own British record in the 200 IM putting up a time of 2:07.57 and tonight destroyed that in her attempt to upset Hungarian Katinka Hosszu posting a time of 2:06.88. Her time was not only a British record, but is also a Commonwealth record beating the previous mark of 2:07.03 set by Australian Stephanie Rice in 2009.

O’Connor is now the third fastest performer in the event all time with only Hosszu and American Ariana Kukors ahead of her. Her time is also the fourth fastest performance of all time.

All time performances in the women’s 200 IM:

  1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:06.12 – 2015 World Championships
  2. Ariana Kukors (USA) – 2:06.15 – 2009 World Championships
  3. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:06.58 – 2016 Olympic Games
  4. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR) – 2:06.88 – 2016 Olympic Games

In the very next event the British men won the silver medal in the 4 x 200 freestyle relay. Although they were not able to defeat the Americans, as they did in Kazan, the team  consisting of Stephen Milne (1:46.97), Duncan Scott (1:45.05), Dan Wallace (1:46.26) and James Guy (1:44.85) set a new British record in the event finishing in a time of 7:03.13 beating the time of 7:04.33 that they posted at last summer’s World Championships.

 

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