Greek, Serbian, Swiss & Dutch Men Add National Records In 400 Free Relay Final

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

There was a record breaking spree in the final of the men’s 400 free relay on the opening night of the European Championships, as five of the eight teams in action downed their existing national marks.

The Russians won in 3:10.64 – a new Championship Record – while the British men snagged silver in 3:11.56, breaking a 12-year-old super-suited National Record. You can read more on Great Britain’s mark here.

The entire bottom half of the field also took down National Records, led by Greece who placed fifth in 3:13.39. Their previous record was 3:14.42, set at the 2016 Euros in London.

Apostolos Christou led them off in a National Record of 48.39, Kristian Gkolomeev dropped a 47.77 second leg and Andreas Vazaios closed things off in 48.14. Odyssefs Meladinis swam the third leg in 49.09.

In sixth was the Swiss, who also had a lead-off NR from Roman Mityukov (48.20) before breaking the relay mark in 3:13.41 – well under the previous standard of 3:14.72. You can read more on Switzerland’s record here.

Rounding out the field was Serbia (3:13.73) and the Netherlands (3:13.79), lowering their previous National Records of 3:13.91 and 3:14.36, respectively. The Serbians actually set that 3:13.91 in the prelims, with the record at 3:15.16 from 2018 prior to that, while the old Dutch mark had stood since the 2004 Olympic Games (where they won silver thanks to a 46.79 anchor from Pieter van den Hoogenband).

Serbia had a sparkling 47.15 third split from Andrej Barna, the second-fastest in the field, while the Dutch had a sub-48 from Stan Pijnenburg (47.79).

FULL SPLITS – FINISHERS 5-8

For a closer look at all of the day’s relay splits, click here.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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