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
After pounding some huge early turns, Russian backstroker Evgeny Rylov dominated the final of the men’s 200 backstroke, winning in 1:53.36. The runner-up, Radoslaw Kawecki, was 2nd in 1:56.07 – more than two-and-a-half seconds slower.
In the process, Rylov broke his own Russian and European Records, set in 1:53.61 at last year’s World Championships, as well as Kawecki’s Championship Record in the event.
The split comparison shows just how big Rylov’s 1st turn was; after taking out the first 50 about half-a-second slower than his own European Record pace, but clawed that record line right back before one more huge final 50 blew by it.
|Swimmer||Record||1st 50||2nd 50||3rd 50||4th 50||Final Time|
|Rylov – 2018 Euros||New ER/CR/RR||26.89||27.89||29.34||29.24||1:53.36|
|Rylov – 2017 Worlds||Old ER/RR||26.37||28.13||29.28||29.83||1:53.61|
|Kawecki – 2012 Euros||Old CR||27.48||28.79||29.78||29.23||1:55.28|
|Peirsol – 2009 Worlds||Current WR||26.52||28.38||28.4||28.62||1:51.92|
Rylov is now the 5th-fastest performer in history, jumping 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary.
Rylov missed a significant portion of the 2017-2018 season while rehabbing a shoulder injury.
All-Time Top 5 Performers, Men’s 200 LCM Backstroke:
- Aaron Peirsol, USA – 1:51.92, 2009 World Championships
- Ryosuke Irie, Japan – 1:52.51, 2009 World Championships
- Ryan Lochte, USA – 1:52.96, 2011 World Championships
- Mitch Larkin, Australia – 1:53.17, 2015 World Championships
- Evgeny Rylov, Russia – 1:53.36, 2018 European Championships