2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Swimming: Monday, May 17th – Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- Budapest, Hungary
- Prelims at 10:00 am local/Finals at 6:00 pm local
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We saw the first national record go down on night 2 of the 2021 European Championships, courtesy of 20-year-old Anastasia Kirpichnikova of Russia.
Competing in tonight’s women’s 800m freestyle event, Kirpichnikova clocked a time of 8:21.86, slicing just under half a second off of her own previous Russian standard of 8:22.65. She produced that previous time last December while racing in France.
Tonight, her new lifetime best of 8:21.86 snagged the silver medal behind winner and 2018 European Champion Simona Quadarella of Italy. Quadarella repeated gold here in Budapest in a time of 8:20.23, while Russian teammate Anna Egorova rounded out the top 3 in 8:26.56.
A split comparison between Kirpichnikova’s previous swim and tonight’s effort reveal how the Russian bided her time a little bit more on the front end, with her former record’s halfway split checking in at 4:09.75 to tonight’s 4:10.38.
Quadarella enters the season’s world rankings now as the 3rd fastest swimmer in the world while Kirpichnivkoa is right behind as the 4th quickest this season.