Peaty & Hosszu Honored As LEN’s Best European Swimmers Of 2019

Olympic champions Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Adam Peaty of Great Britain have been named ‘best swimmers in Europe’ based on voting ballots received from the continent’s national federations and LEN‘s officials.

Peaty received almost 50% of the votes for the men and adds this 2019 honor to the same acknowledgment he received in 2016 and 2017. The Briton broke the 50m breaststroke World Record this year in Gwangju, Korea while also becoming a 3-time World Champion at the 2019 edition of the biannual competition.

Receiving the 2nd most votes, although still well behind Peaty, was the newly-minted 200m fly World Record holder Kristof Milak of Hungary.

As for Hosszu, the Iron Lady received 50% of the woman athlete votes to give her this honor for the 5th time in her career.

The versatile 30-year-old star became the world’s first female swimmer to win a 5th World Championships title in the same event, the 400m IM. Hosszu also earned the 200m IM/400m IM double gold at a World Championships for the 4th time in a row.

Among the additional aquatic honorees were Kristof Rasovszky, also of Hungary, who retained his open water swimming award after taking 5k gold at the 2019 World Championships.

The women’s open water winner came in the form of Italy’s Rachele Bruni, who is recognized by the LEN for the first time.

You can view the voting breakdown among male and female pool and open water swimming below.

Pool Swimming

Adam Peaty (GBR) 45,8%
Kristof Milak (HUN) 16,7%
Anton Chupkov (RUS) 12,2%
Evgeny Rylov (RUS) 12,2 %
Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 8,6%
Florian Wellbrock (GER) 4.5%

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 50,0%
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 25,0%
Simona Quadarella (ITA) 13,1%
Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 7,7%
Yulia Efimova (RUS) 4,2%

Open Water

Kristof Rasovszky (HUN) 39,2%
Florian Wellbrock (GER) 37,5%
Marc-Antoine Olivier (FRA) 10,3%
Axel Reymond (FRA) 10,3%
Rob Muffels (GER) 2,7%

Rachele Bruni (ITA) 73,9%
Leonie Beck (GER) 8,7%
Aurelie Muller (FRA) 8,7%
Lara Grangeon (FRA) 4,3%
Finnia Wunram (GER) 4,3%

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Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
1 year ago

I’m surprised Milak didn’t even get half as many votes as Peaty.

Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
1 year ago

I’m not surprised. While Milak has the potential to own the 2020’s, he came on rather late in the 2010’s. Peaty on the other hand, has pretty much owned the 100 breaststroke since 2015.

Reply to  PBJSwimming
1 year ago

The Article is just for 2019, but otherwise id agree. However, Peaty doesnt seem close to slowing down or retirement so he may also own the 20’s.

Reply to  Niall
1 year ago

Total reading comprehension fail on my part. Whoops!

1 year ago

Does Adam Peaty win Best Biceps as well?

Reply to  marklewis
1 year ago

It isn’t the biceps that impress me on this picture but the expression on the face of the girl that stands behind him.

Reply to  marklewis
1 year ago

Yes, and best triceps too!

1 year ago

So I know we need to be real careful about commenting on bodies and appearance of swimmers. But dear lord, Peaty is jacked. I kinda have a bit of a man crush…..

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