Reported by James Sutherland.
WOMEN’S 400 IM FINAL
- World Record (WR): 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
- World Junior Record (WJ): 4:39.01 – Rosie Rudin, 2015
- European Record (ER): 4:26.36 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
- European Junior Record (EJ): 4:36.17, Target Time
- Championship Record (CR): 4:30.90 – Katinka Hosszu, 2016
- Fantine Lesaffre, FRA, 4:34.17
- Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 4:35.05
- Hannah Miley, GBR, 4:35.34
After Spaniard Catalina Corro Lorente held the slight edge at the halfway mark, Fantine Lesaffreand Ilaria Cusinato asserted themselves on the breaststroke leg leading the field into the freestyle. Brits Hannah Miley and Aimee Willmott were lurking in 3rd and 4th, but it was Lesaffre who got the job done with a 30.51 final 50 to win in 4:34.17, crushing her French Record from the morning by two seconds.
Cusinato was 4:35.05 for silver, just off her PB from the Sette Colli Trophy last month, and Miley was two tenths off her season-best from the Commonwealth Games for bronze in 4:35.34. Willmott made a big push at the end, closing in 30.37, but has to settle for 4th in 4:35.77. Zsuzsanna Jakabos passed Corro Lorente on the final 50 to steal 5th in 4:38.48.