Hugo Gonzalez Breaks Down 100 Back (Silver)/200 IM (Gold) Day 4 Finals Session

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by James Sutherland.

MEN’S 100 BACK FINAL

  • European Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
  • European Championship Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  1. Robert Glinta (ROU), 52.88
  2. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 52.90
  3. Apostolos Christou (GRE) / Yohann Ndoye Brouard (FRA), 52.97

Romanian Robert Glinta charged down the last few meters to emerge victorious in a razor-thin men’s 100 backstroke final, edging Spaniard Hugo Gonzalez by .02 to win the gold medal in a time of 52.88.

Glinta’s swim lowers his Romanian National Record for the third time this week, having been 52.97 yesterday, and is also Romania’ first European champion since 2004 and their first-ever male champion

Gonzalez puts up a blistering 52.90 PB for silver, closing in a blazing 26.98 while Apostolos Christou and Yohann Ndoye Brouard tie for the bronze in 52.97.

MEN’S 200 IM FINAL

  • European Record: 1:55.18, Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 2009
  • European Championship Record: 1:56.66, Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 2012
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:59.67
  1. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 1:56.76
  2. Jeremy Desplanches (SUI), 1:56.95
  3. Alberto Razzetti (ITA), 1:57.25

Hugo Gonzalez continues to perform unbelievably here in Budapest, closing in a scintillating 27.76 to win the men’s 200 IM in a time of 1:56.76.

Gonzalez demolishes his Spanish Record (1:58.03) by well over a second in 1:56.76, and falls just a tenth shy of the nine-year-old Championship Record. The 22-year-old now ranks fifth in the 2020-21 world rankings.

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