Nielsen Re-Lowers 100 Back Meet Record In European Semi-Finals


  • 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
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After setting a new meet record in the 100 back prelims in a time of 59.26, Denmark’s Mie Nielsen lowered it once again in the semi-final, clocking a time of 59.16 to take the top time heading into the final tomorrow. The record Nielsen took down in the prelims belonged to Russia’s Anastasia Zueva (now Anastasia Fesikova) with her gold medal winning swim of 59.41 from the 2008 Championship in Eindhoven.

Take a look at a comparison of the splits of Zueva’s 2008 swim, and Nielsen’s two swims from today:

  • Zueva, 2008 European Final: 28.89 / 59.41 (30.52)
  • Nielsen, 2016 European Prelims: 29.19 / 59.26 (30.07)
  • Nielsen, 2016 European Semis: 28.85 / 59.16 (30.31)

Nielsen is the one of two defending gold medallist in this event from 2014, as she tied for gold with Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in Berlin in a time of 59.63. Hosszu will be in the final this year as well, as she qualified 3rd overall in 1:00.03.

Behind Nielsen is Great Britain’s Kathleen Dawson (59.83), Hosszu, and the Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (1:00.31). Hosszu and Zevina have some momentum as they went 1-2 in the 200 back earlier, and Hosszu also won the 400 IM on the opening day.

Nielsen will also compete in the 50 freestyle (15th) and 50 backstroke (1st) later in the meet. She scratched the 100 freestyle final after qualifying 6th fastest out of the semi-finals.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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