2019 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – EUROPEAN DERBY
- Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
- 5:00-7:00 PM Local Time (12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
- London Aquatics Centre – London, England
- Short Course Meters (SCM) format
- European franchises: Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Iron, London Roar
- Start Lists
Australian 19-year old Minna Atherton almost took out her 2nd World Record in as many meets on Saturday at the International Swimming League European Derby event in London.
Instead, she had to settle for the 2nd-best time in history and a new Australian and Commonwealth Record, plus 9 first-place points, via a 1:59.25 in the 200 back. That broke her old Australian and Commonwealth Records of 1:59.48 that she set at her team’s last meet in Budapest.
Also in Budapest, Atherton broke the World Record in the 100 backstroke, swimming 54.89.
Katinka Hosszu still holds the World Record in the event, .02 seconds faster than Atherton’s Saturday swim. Atherton has improved at every meet this season, in spite of tempering expectations pre-race by talking about how heavy her training is, so that World Record could be in danger in Las Vegas.
Atherton continues to go out fast in this 200 back and use her speed, but on Saturday she actually split quite differently than Budapest, moving more of her energy to the 2nd 50 before fading a little harder late in the race.
|1st 50||2nd 50||3rd 50||4th 50||Total Time|
|Katinka Hosszu||World Record||28.17||30.19||30.41||30.46||1:59.23|