2016 Euro Meet
- January 29th-31st
- D’Coque Aquatic Center in Luxembourg
- Friday timed finals at 4pm local (10am EST)
- Saturday prelims at 8am local (2am EST); finals at 5pm local (11am EST)
- Sunday prelims at 8:30am local (2:30am EST); finals at 4pm local (10am EST)
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- Start Lists/Results
- Live Streaming
On the second day of the Euro Meet Katinka Hosszu shows once more why her nickname is “Iron Lady”: She swam between 5 and 8 pm seven A-finals and won 4 – all with a new meet record. On Saturday evening in Luxembourg, she raced and won: 200 m freestyle – 1:56,81, MR; 200 m IM – 2:10,70, MR; 100 m backstroke – 1:00,00, MR; 50 m butterfly – 26,62, MR. She also swam the 50 m free, 200 m butterfly and 200 m breaststroke.
Very few Meet Records survived Saturday’s session. German Marco Koch performed very fast in the 200 m breaststroke, he was faster than in Kazan at the World Championships – his 2:07,69 are a new 2015/2016 world best time, in Kazan he went 2:07,76 for the title. Marco said that he likes to swim in Luxembourg and felt very well in the pool and at the meet. One of his strengths is his turn and his impressive underwater – he said that normally his springiness isn’t very good so he thinks it is more his ability to glide after the turn underwater. He plans to continue his career after Rio and he doesn’t feel much pressure – he added that there are other guys like Daniel Guyrta who are very fast and he thinks, on the special day in Rio there will be many things which will decide the 200 m breaststroke race. He seems very relaxed – even if he just returned from a training camp in Tenerife and also swam at the Golden Tour, he wants to swim all meets of this tour.
Laszlo Cseh sets two new meet records, in the 200 IM and in the 200 m butterfly. He isn’t shaved at the moment and said that “if it gets serious you will see me shaved” – he never swims with a cap and normally at all important meets he has a bald head.
Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic,who lives and trains in Dubai at the moment, thinks “that he is now on the right track in the Olypmic year”. Stjepynovic is the 2014 European Champion in the 200 m and 400 m freestyle but 2015 wasn’t his best year – but his meet record with a time of 1:46,10 is a very good start into the Olympic season and he is now under the ten fastest swimmers in the actual world ranking.
Germany’s Franziska Hentke also set a new meet record in the 200 m butterfly and she was very satisfied with her swim because she did her dryland training in artificial height for some weeks at the University in Magdeburg, her hometown, and just finished it.
13 meet records have been improved today – and probably more to come tomorrow!