Belmonte Garcia Breaks Hosszu’s European Record In The 200 Butterfly

Women’s 200 butterfly

Mireia Belmonte Garcia may have been disappointed finishing outside of the medals in the 200 IM, but that disappointment did not last long as the world record holder in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle returned to the pool winning the women’s 200 butterfly in a new European record time of 2:01.52.

Belmonte Garcia beat Katinka Hosszu’s European record of 2:02.20 which she set at the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul (Hosszu finished fourth in the race posting a time of 2:05.39).

  • Belmonte Garcia – Herning – 28.23/59.24 (31.01)/1:30.40 (31.16)/2:01.52 (31.12)
  • Hosszu – Istanbul – 28.33/59.55 (31.22)/1:31.67 (32.12)/2:02.20 (30.53)

Franziska Hentke of Germany finished second in a time of 2:03.47 followed by Jemma Lowe of Great Britain who touched in a time of 2:04.51.

Men’s 50 freestyle -Final

Russian Vlad Morozov the top ranked swimmer in the world took the men’s 50 freestyle in a time of 20.77 just off his season’s best time of 20.59. Only a few days ago this was one of the most anticipated races of the competition an event that would see Florent Manaudou of France face off against Morozov that was until the Frenchman had to pull out of the competition due to a shoulder injury.

Marco Orsi of Italy did his best to fill Manaudou’s shoes and challenge the Russian finishing second in a time of 21.00 which is tied for fifth with George Bovell III in the world rankings.

Andriy Govorov of the Ukraine finished third in a time of 20.17

Women’s 50 breaststroke – Final

Russian Yuliya Efimova raced the 50 breaststroke three times today and each time she hit the wall she did so in championship record time. Efimova took the women’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 29.04, six one-hundredths of a second over Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who took the silver in a time of 29.10.

  • Efimova – prelims – 29.47
  • Efimova – semi – 29.14
  • Efimova – final 29.04

Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands finished third in a time of 29.79 disappointing the home crowd who were hoping to see Rikke Moeller Pedersen collect Denmark’s first medal of the competition.

Men’s 400 freestyle – Final 

Russian Nikita Lobintsev took the men’s 400 freestyle in a time of 3:39.47. Lobintsev hit the halfway mark in a time of 1:49.58, just behind Velimir Stjepanovic of Serbia who lead the race at the 200 meter mark. After that point it was the Russian who over took the lead never looking back.

Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo of Italy turned at the 200 meter mark over a second off the pace turning in a time of 1:50.30 in the eighth place, but in the final half of the event reeled in the Sjepanovic to finish second in a time of 3:40.54. Sjepanovic finished third in a time of 3:40.91.

Men’s 200 backstroke – Final 

European Championship record hold Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland took the event in a time of 1:49.42. Radoslaw was well off his record of 1:48.51 which he set in Chartres last year and even further off his season’s best of 1:47.63 that he posted in Berlin, which is the top ranked time in the world.

As part of the European team for the Duel in the pool next weekend Kawecki will have another chance to better his season’s best.

Hungarian Peter Bernek held the lead at the halfway point turning in a a time of 53.88 nearly a second ahead of Kawecki who put up a 54.86 and went on to dominate the second 100 meters of the event. Bernek finished second in a time of 1:50.43 followed by Christian Diener of Germany who recorded a season’s best time of 1:51.40.

Women’s 200 IM – Final

In her first of seven individual events of the competition, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu put up the third championship record of the evening posting a time of 2:04.33 to win the women’s 200 IM. Hosszu’s winning time is well off her season’s best and world record time of 2:03.22 that she posted at the World Cup in Eindhoven in August.

Hosszu took the event easily beating the field by over two seconds, but the battle for the final two spots on the podium was fierce as there was only 17 one-hundredths of second between second and fifth place. British teammates Siobhan Marie O’Connor and Sophie Allen collected the silver and bronze with O’Connor recording a time of 2:06.73 and Allen touching in a time of 2:06.86, one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Spaniard Mireia Belmonte Garcia who finished just outside of the medals with a time of 2:06.87.

Swimming her second event of the Yuliya Efimova finished fifth in a time of 2:06.90.

Men’s 200 IM – Final

Philip Heintz highlighted a solid night of performances for a German team that has been under tremendous scrutiny since a poor showings at both the Olympics and World Championships. Heintz took the 200 IM in a time of 1:53.98 winning Germany’s third medal of the evening.

Simon Sjoedin of Sweden finished second in a time of 1:54.28 followed by Diogo Filipe Carvalho of Portugal who finished third recording a time of 1:54.89.

 Men’s 4 x 50 medley – Final

After the Italian men broke the world record, but not the european mark (1:31.80 – Russia), in the 4 x 50 medley relay this morning posting a 1:33.65, the Russians took the event this evening breaking that record hitting the wall first in a time of 1:32.38.

  • Vitaly Melnikov – 23.72
  • Oleg Kostin – 26.18
  • Nikita Konovalov – 21.92
  • Vlad Morozov – 20.56

The Italian team finished second in a time of 1:32.83 followed by the Germans who collected the bronze recording a time of 1:33.06.

Women’s 4 x 50 freestyle relay – Final

In the preliminary session this morning the Swedish team set a new world record in the women’s 4 x 50 freestyle relay posting a time of 1:37.21, but once again not breaking the European mark of 1:33.25 that is held by the Netherlands.

The final was an incredible race that saw the Swedes attempt to hold on to their record, but to the home fans delight they were not successful as the Danes took the event in a new world record time of 1:37.04.

Denmark – 1:37.04

  • Pernille Blume – 24.90
  • Jeanette Ottesen – 23.66
  • Kelly Riber Rasmussen – 24.63
  • Mie Nielsen -23.85

Sweden – 1:37.08

  • Michelle Coleman – 24.54
  • Sarah Sjoestroem – 23.60
  • Louise Hansson – 24.55
  • Magdalena Kuras – 24.39

The Russians finished third only five one-hundredths of a second behind the Swedes posting a time of 1:37.13.

Men’s 50 freestyle – Semi-Final

No surprise in the men’s 50 freestyle semi finals as the top qualifier out of the second semi-final is Russian Vlad Morozov. Morozov entered the meet with the world’s top ranked time of 20.59 posted a 20.94 to secure the top spot in the final. He was just off his preliminary time of 20.89.

Marco Orsi of Italy won the first semi-final in a time of 21.05 recording the second fastest time of the evening followed by Russian Sergey Fesikov who put up the third fastest time of 21.40.

Women’s 50 breaststroke – Semi-Final

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuanian started off the women’s 50 breaststroke winning the first semi-final heat in a new championships record time of 29.41, half a second faster than her preliminary swim of 29.94 and six one-hundredths of a second under Yuliya Efimova‘s championship record of 29.47, which she set this morning.

In the second semi-final Efimova took back the championship record bettering Meilutyte, putting up a 29.14. Both women came into the competition with season’s best under the 29 second mark, Efimova with a 28.71 and Meilutyte with a 28.89, with the two going into the final in the first and second position this should be a very exciting rematch for the two women who had a very entertaining battle at the World Championships in Barcelona this summer.

Danish swimmer Rikke Moeller Pedersen qualified in third position with a 29.96.

Women’s 100 backstroke – Semi-Final

The home crowd had a lot to cheer for in the second semi-final of the women’s 100 backstroke as Danish teenager Mie Nielsen qualified in the top position for tomorrow’s final in a time of 57.09, tying her season’s best coming into the meet. Nielsen who has battled injury over the past two years looks to be on top of her game once again and will look to collect the gold on home soil.

Ukrainian Daryna Zevina who came into the competition with the world’s third ranked time of 56.87 won the first semi-final in a time of 57.35 which puts her in the second position going into the final while Simona Baumrtova of the Czech Republic qualified third in a time of 57.52.

Men’s 100 butterfly – Semi-Final

German Steffen Deibler who came into the competition as the top ranked european swimmer and held the third spot in the world rankings having posted a 49.38 earlier this year, qualified for the 100 butterfly final in the top spot posting a time of 49.89.

Deibler was the only man to break the 50 second barrier as Jeremy Stravius qualified second in a 50.04 followed by Evgeny Korotyshkin qualified with the third fastest time posting a 50.17.

Men’s 100 breaststroke – Semi-Final

The battle for the top spot in the final of the men’s 100 breaststroke was an exciting one as the top two men in the first semi-final were separated by two one-hundredths of a second. Hungarian Daniel Gyurta took the first semi-final in a time of 57.56 just ahead of Slovenian Damir Dugonjic who hit the wall in a time of 57.58.

German Marco Koch who won the second semi-final qualified for the final in the third position recording a time of 57.62.


Live results can be found here

Prelims report can be found here

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Vlad 20.94 !!!!!!!!!!!! Setting the pace so good

bobo gigi

I’m coming back from the French TV broadcast and he said in interview he isn’t sure of his shape because he was ill the past few weeks.
But 20.94 isn’t bad at all in the prelims.


He just won 20.77 he looks really tired ill in the face ;//

bobo gigi

Correction. In semi-finals.

bobo gigi

Wow! Many surprises!
Katinka Hosszu is human. Win in the 200 IM and then explosion in the 200 fly. Does she start to pay the price of an amazing long year? We’ll see.
Laszlo Cseh, same explosion in the 200 IM. What happened?

And what happened to Mireia Belmonte?
Very average in the 200 IM and transformed a few minutes later in the 200 fly for a gold medal in the amazing time of 2.01.52!
Perhaps she has used the 200 IM just as a warm-up. The more she swims, the best she is.
Astonishing performance for her.
Her opponents can be afraid in the 400 IM, the 400 free and the 800 free.


I smell some manoeuvring from Belmonte. Regardless of Belmonte saving energy for 200m butterfly, Hosszu handing over a whole podium in one of her trademarks was a surprising one indeed. I’d have never ever left Hosszu out of my bet. Meilutyte and Efimova take care of the level of Women’s breastroke stays on top at this competition. Ruta needs a victory. Getting beaten by two to nil would hardly satisfy this young Lithuanian. A 100-meter one will be thrilling. Just as expected, Sarah Sjöström’s underwaters and turns simply don’t equal to those of Kromowidjojo and Ottesen. Couldn’t compare to Halsall due to different semifinal. By the way, and to my surprise, Francesca may well win tomorrow. A very very tight… Read more »


Halsall is quite poor underwater, similarly so to Sarah, in-fact at Worlds, Sarah had a better start than Francesca in the 50m – A little worrying, but I think Fran is going to be lightning in the 50.. 24.9 at the turn today, impressive. A little shocked with Ottesen though to be honest, her 23.66 relay split isn’t a sign of great form, she’d been 23.8 flat start this year, we’ll see.


Very good swim from Jeremy in the 100m fly , Daniel dominating as usually and alot of British and German medal redemptions for many disappointed meets , and Ruta missed that Gold medal by a touch let it slip from her hands.

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