2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Swimming: Monday, May 17th – Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- Budapest, Hungary
- Prelims at 10:00 am local/Finals at 6:00 pm local
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During the men’s 800 free relay final, the Russian men combined for a championship meet record swim of 7:03.48. Martin Malyutin hit 1:45.15 on the lead-off leg, followed by Alexander Shchegolev (1:45.39), Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:46.52), and Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:46.42), clocking 7:03.48 to erase Great Britain’s championship record of 7:05.32 from the 2018 Championships in Glasgow. Placing second was the British team of James Guy (1:45.88), Duncan Scott (1:45.29), Tom Dean (1:46.47), Matthew Richards (1:46.97) at 7:04.61, also under the old meet record.
Old European Championships Record Splits – Great Britain 2018
- Calum Jarvis (1:47.17)
- Duncan Scott (1:45.48)
- Tom Dean (1:47.07)
- James Guy (1:45.60)
Malyutin’s lifetime best lead-off currently ranks No. 5 on the world rankings entering the men’s 200 free event in Budapest.
Finishing in 5th place was the Irish relay of Jack McMillan (1:47.46), Finn McGeever (1:47.81), Jordan Sloan (1:48.65), Gerry Quinn (1:48.08), breaking their hours-old Irish national record at 7:12.00. During prelims, McGeever (1:49.60), McMillan (1:46.78), Quinn (1:48.70), and Sloan (1:47.65) combined for a national record of 7:12.73, taking down their 2019 record of 7:13.91.
Leading off the Spanish relay in a Spanish national record was Cesar Castro, hitting 1:47.13 to place 5th after the first exchange. Castro’s lead-off took down his former mark fo 1:47.45 from the 2020 Edinburgh International Meet. The Spaniards took 6th in the final at 7:13.49, two second from their national record of 7:11.39 from the 2015 World Championships.
Originally reported by James Sutherland.
MEN’S 4×200 FREE RELAY FINAL
- European Record: 6:59.15, Russia, 2009
European Championship Record: 7:05.32, Great Britain, 2018
- Russia, 7:03.48
- Great Britain, 7:04.61
- Italy, 7:06.05
The Russians got out to a big lead and never relinquished it in the men’s 4×200 free relay, winning the event for the first time since 2010 in a new Championship Record.
Martin Malyutin set a best time of 1:45.15 on the lead-off leg, and then Alexander Shchegolev (1:45.39), Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:46.52) and Mikhail Vekovishchev (1:46.42) showed no chink in the armor, clocking 7:03.48 to erase Great Britain’s meet record of 7:05.32 set in 2018.
Down by almost three seconds at the halfway mark, James Guy (1:45.88) and Duncan Scott (1:45.29) provided a valiant effort for the Brits in taking silver, inching closer to the Russians but not enough to catch them for gold. GBR finished in 7:04.61, also under the old meet record, with Tom Dean (1:46.47) and Matthew Richards (1:46.97) also on the squad.
The Italians win bronze for a third straight time in 7:06.05, with Marco De Tullio their top split at 1:46.02 swimming third.
France had four 1:46s for fourth in 7:07.24, and the Swiss were disqualified after an early jump from anchor Roman Mityukov, according to the results.