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 200 BACK FINAL
- European Record: 1:53.23, Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 2021
- European Championship Record: 1:53.36, Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 2018
- FINA ‘A’ Cut: 1:57.50
Coming into this race full of confidence after lowering the British Record twice on Friday, Luke Greenbank blasted out to an early lead in the men’s 200 back final, flipping in 55.49 at the 100 and maintaining the top spot at the 150 turn.
Evgeny Rylov, who was looking to defend his 2018 title, sat third with 50 to go, but picked up the stroke rate and nabbed Greenbank at the touch for gold in 1:54.46, with the Brit back for silver in 1:54.62.
Rylov currently ranks first in the world with his European Record of 1:53.23 set in April. Greenbank was a shade off his semi-final British Record of 1:54.43, which has him third in the world.
Roman Mityukov ran down France’s Yohann Ndoye Brouard, who was up near Greenbank for most of the race, on the final 50 for a new Swiss Record of 1:56.33. Brouard was .04 back in 1:56.37 – also the previous Swiss Record.