Record Watch: 10 records on high alert at the European Championships and the swimmers going after them

The European Championships kick off from the pool on Monday, and by the time things wrap up the following Sunday, the record books will likely look quite a bit different. Here are 10 of the more notable records (meet records, European records, and of course World Records) that look to be in some level of danger heading into next weeks battle in Berlin.

Note: this list is far from exhaustive. Feel free to chime in your own thoughts in the comments section about more records on the chopping block at 2014 Euros.

Event: Women’s 50 fly
Contender(s): Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden
Record: World record, 24.43 – Sarah Sjostrom Sweden 2014

Quick Take: Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first, shall we? Sjostrom smashed this record in July at Swedish Nationals. Lowering it will be a tall order, but Sjostrom’s red-hot right now

Event: Men’s 200 breast
Contender(s): Ross Murdoch, Great Britain, Marco Koch, Germany
Record: World record, 2:07.01 – Akihiro Yamaguchi, Japan 2013
Quick Take:
This race could be a barn-burner. Murdoch has been three tenths off the record, after his teammate Michael Jamieson (absent from Berlin) was the early world leader. Koch could make this a battle for the win with a gold medal coming with a special bonus world record

Event: Women’s 200 back
Contender(s): Daria Ustinova, Russia
Record: Meet record, 2:06.62 – Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungary 1991
Quick Take:
This one’s a bit of a stretch, but merit’s mention for its longevity. Hungary’s Egerszegi set this record all the way back in 1991, and at 23 years old, it’s the oldest European Championships record on the books. Ustinova is still about a second and a half away based on her season-best, but Ustinova’s youth means a big drop isn’t out of the question.

Event: Women’s 200 breast
Contender(s): Rikke Moller Pedersen, Denmark
Record: World record, 2:19.11 – Rikke Moller Pedersen Denmark 2013
Quick Take:
Another current world record-holder looking to lower her own mark. Pedersen is the only one of big women’s breaststroke trio swimming at Euros, with Ruta Meilutyte gone and Yuliya Efimova suspended. Pederson has been within a half second of her own world record this year, and it seems a pretty good bet she’ll be gunning for a 2:18 in Berlin.

Event: Women’s 50 free
Contender(s): Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden
Record: World record, 23.73 – Britta Steffen, Germany 2009
Quick Take:
Another of the tough, super-suited records could go down this week, as Sjostrom is on the hunt for more world marks. She’s been within .25 of the world record here, and though it would take a big swim, there would be something poetic about Sjostrom breaking Steffen’s world record in Steffen’s home country of Germany

Event: Men’s 200 free
Contender(s): Yannick Agnel, France
Record: Meet record, 1:44.89 – Pieter van den Hoogenband, Netherlands 2002
Quick Take:
Another oldie but goodie. The oldest European Champs record on the books could be under assault this week from French sensation Yannick Agnel, fresh off a training stint in the U.S. alongside Michael Phelps.

Event: Men’s 50 breast
Contender(s): Adam Peaty, Great Britain
Record: World record, 26.67 – Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa 2009
Quick Take:
Peaty had an outstanding Commonwealth Games, nearly beating out Van der Burgh and taking his world record along with him. It’s hard to predict what Peaty will be like on a double taper, but if he can hold his speed, he’s got the meet record (27.18) in hand, and only need a tenth to break the world mark while van der Burgh watches his country at Pan Pacs from home.

Event: Women’s 100 fly
Contender(s): Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden
Record: World record, 55.98 – Dana Vollmer, USA 2012
Quick Take:
Sjostrom again. The Swede is a half-second off of Vollmer’s record, and now holding the title as fastest female butterflyer ever (in terms of sheer speed), Sjostrom could definitely take down this mark. Meet record (57.20) looks clearly beatable, and her own European record is just a tenth off the world mark.

Event: Men’s 1500 free
Contender(s): Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy
Record: European record, 14:43.21 – Yury Prilukov, Russia, 2008
Quick Take:
Paltrinieri was just about a second off this record at Italian Nationals in April. He already holds the meet record at 14:48.92, and should look to extend his name further into the record books in the mile from Berlin.

Event: Women’s 100 free
Contender(s): Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden
Record: World record, 52.07 – Britta Steffen, Germany 2009
Quick Take:
Who else to end this list off but Sjostrom again? This is her longest shot, and there’s an outside chance the record gets lowered even further by Cate Campbell at Pan Pacs. Still, Sjostrom looks to be in great shape for the meet record of 53.30, as she’s been as fast as 52.70 this year. Some momentum from big butterfly swims could propel her closer to this world record as well.

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I didn’t know Van Den Hoogenband had swam a 1:44 in 2002! What a swimmer


He was 1:44 and 47.86 in 2002. Only Yannick Agnel has done both at one meet (textile) as far as I know.

Hoogie was the 2nd man under 1:45, and at that point he was one of only two men who had broken 1:46 (Grant Hackett joined them a few weeks later at Pan Pacs with 1:45 mid).


Wow, this makes it even more impressive. I thought he had been sub-48 only in Sidney. Truly a great talent and, was it not for Thorpe, he would have dominated both 100s and 200s for 2 olympic cycles.


Michael Jamieson won’t be competing in Berlin.
Adam Peaty should also have a good crack at the meet record of 59.20 for the 100m breast.
Fran Halsall deserves a mention for the 50m free, having posted the fastest time in the world this year at the CWG in Glasgow.
SM O’Connor and Katinka Hosszu should both smash Hosszu’s meet record of 2.10.09 in the 200 IM. Belmonte will also be a threat.


W 200 BA 23 years old, not 13!


Egerszegi celebrates her 40th birthday on Saturday.

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