Finland’s Best Joined By Hosszu, Koch For Helsinki International Meet

Courtesy: Helsinki Swim Meet

The international Helsinki Swim Meet brings together Finland’s top swimmers and international stars to compete in the Mäkelänrinne Swimming Center on Thursday and Friday.

The total prize money in the event is 25 000 euros.

Even though the number of athletes in the event is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event is going to be high-level: all together the participating athletes have achieved four Olympic medals, 61 World Championship medals and 125 European Championship medals.

All of Finland’s best swimmers will take part in the event and the participants include Matti MattssonIda HulkkoJenna LaukkanenAri-Pekka LiukkonenMimosa JallowLaura LahtinenNiko Mäkelä and Fanny Teijonsalo.

The foreign starts of the include German Marco Koch, Swedish Michelle Coleman, Austrian Caroline Pilhatsch and swimming superstar Hungarian Katinka Hosszu.

Matti Mattsson, who has been selected for the Finnish Olympic team, will compete in his second competition of the year. At his season opening meet in March, Mattsson sat a new long course national record in the 100-meter breaststroke.

“I have had a good training period and have been doing part of the training in long course,” said Mattsson. “The main emphasis in the training is in both 100 and 200 meters.”

At the Helsinki Swim Meet Mattsson will compete in both the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. He will face tough competition from the former 200m breaststroke world record holder Marco Koch and Austria’s Christopher Rothbauer. Koch is a familiar competitor to Mattsson.

“In the 2013 World Championships where I took bronze in 200m breaststroke, he won the silver,” said Mattsson. “We have not competed against each other in a while, but it is very nice to have tough swimmers alongside, it will make the race a lot more interesting.”

The men’s 200-meter breaststroke will take place on Thursday and the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday.

What and who to follow:

Thursday 22.4.

Friday 23.4.

The Finnish free channel TV5 and discovery+ streaming service will broadcast Helsinki Swim Meet to Finnish swimming fans. Watch the competition on channel TV5 and on discovery+ streaming service:
Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23 from 18:00 to 20:00.

Schedule and results

There are two sessions on both days. The schedule is the same on both days:

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