Molly Renshaw Says Pandemic “Lit a fire in me” After Being Out of the Water


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • European Record: 2:19.11, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2013 – WR
  • European Championship Record: 2:19.84, Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2014
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:25.52
  1. Molly Renshaw (GBR), 2:21.34
  2. Lisa Mamie (SUI), 2:22.05
  3. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:22.16.

British star Molly Renshaw took control of the women’s 200 breaststroke final on the second 50, opening up an eight tenths of a second lead on the field to ultimately earn the victory by a similar margin in 2:21.34.

Renshaw, 25, now has a full set of medals in this event at the European Championships, having won silver in 2014 and bronze in 2018. She owns a best time of 2:20.89, the British Record, set in April.

In an incredibly tight battle for silver, Switzerland’s Lisa Mamie had yet another massive drop to claim second in a National Record time of 2:22.05, lowering her mark of 2:23.15 set in the semis. Mamie edged out defending champion Yuliya Efimova (2:22.16), who held off her 16-year-old Russian teammate Evgeniia Chikunova (2:22.17) by a mere hundredth. Mamie’s medal marks Switzerland’s first-ever in this event.

Abbie Wood, who had hit a 2:21.86 in the semis, fell to fifth in 2:22.78. Spain’s Jessica Vall‘s streak of three straight medals (bronze in 2014, silvers in 2016 and 2018), ends after finishing eighth in 2:25.84.

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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