Mykhailo Romanchuk Gets Second National Record, Bronze Of Europeans

2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 5

  • Monday, May 16th – Sunday, May 22nd
  • Prelims: 10:00 AM (London Time) / 5:00 AM (Eastern Time)
  • Finals: 6:00 PM (London Time) / 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Center, London, UK
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheet
  • Live Results
  • Live Stream

Just like the in the 1500, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk set a new national record on his way to a bronze medal in the men’s 800 free, clocking 7:47.99. The swim breaks previous record holder Sergiy Frolov‘s mark of 7:50.28 set at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea.

Romanchuk took nearly three seconds off his best time yesterday morning in the prelims, taking his old best of 7:54.81 down to 7:51.83 to easily qualify for the final 3rd overall. With his 7:47.99 he becomes the 12th fastest European of all-time, leapfrogging 37 swimmers from his all-time rank heading into the meet of 49th.

Here’s a look at Frolov’s splits from last summer versus Romanchuk’s splits today:

2015 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
SERGIY FROLOV  MYKHAILO ROMANCHUK
100   56.92   56.75
200   59.73   58.45
300   59.67   58.54
400   59.95   59.11
500   59.13   59.43
600   59.54   59.10
700   58.89   58.97
800   56.45   57.64
FINAL   7:50.28   7:47.99

 

Romanchuk earned the record on the first half of the race, out-splitting Frolov by over three seconds at the 400m mark.

The podium ended up the same as it was in the 1500, with Gregorio Paltrinieri taking gold in a new championship record (7:42.33), and his Italian teammate Gabriele Detti touched 2nd in 7:43.52.

Romanchuk moves into 4th in the world behind Paltrinieri, Detti, and Australian Mack Horton.

2015-2016 LCM Men 800 Free

2Gabrielle
DETTI
ITA7.43.0606/26
3Mack
HORTON
AUS7.46.0704/07
4Mykhaylo
ROMANCHUK
UKR7.47.9905/20
5Henrik
CHRISTIANSEN
NOR7.48.2604/02
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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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