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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Reported by James Sutherland.
MEN’S 100 FREE FINAL
- European Record: 47.12, Alain Bernard (FRA), 2009
European Championship Record: 47.50, Alain Bernard (FRA), 2008
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 48.57
The men’s 100 freestyle saw an incredible five men break 48 seconds, led by Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov in a new Championship Record of 47.37. Kolesnikov breaks the previous Meet Record of 47.50 set by Alain Bernard in 2008, while falling .06 shy of his Russian Record set last month (47.31).
MEN’S 100 BACK SEMI-FINALS
- European Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
- European Championship Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
- Apostolos Christou (GRE), 52.77
- Mewen Tomac (FRA), 52.86
- Robert Glinta (ROU), 52.97
- Yohann Ndoye Brouard (FRA), 53.01
- Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 53.14
- Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 53.15
- Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 53.34
- Luke Greenbank (GBR), 53.69
Apostolos Christou became the first Greek man under 53 seconds in the first semi-final of the men’s 100 backstroke, touching in a time of 52.77 to lower the 2009 National Record of 53.03 previously held by Aristeidis Grigoriadis. Christou showed immense opening speed in the race, flipping in a blistering 25.17.
Frenchman Mewen Tomac (52.86) and Romanian Robert Glinta (52.97) joined Christou sub-53 from the second semi, both breaking 53 for the first time. Tomac had previously been 53.10 in March, while Glinta breaks his Romanian Record of 53.26 from the prelims.
France will have a great chance to get two men on the podium tomorrow, with Yohann Ndoye Brouard sitting fourth in 53.01.
The biggest story of the race was defending champion Kliment Kolesnikov, who would’ve qualified first with his prelim time (52.32), but instead he finishes 16th in 54.86, being just minutes out of winning the 100 free final. His countryman Evgeny Rylov, the 2018 silver medalist behind Kolesnikov, will be in the mix tomorrow after going 53.15 for sixth.