Seemanova Snares European Championships Gold In Czech Record


21-year-old Barbora Seemanova just ripped the fastest 200m freestyle of her career to clinch her first-ever European Championships title in an incredibly close race where the top 3 finishers were separated by only .15.

After claiming the top-seeded time of the semi-finals in 1:57.20, Seemanova of the Czech Republic engaged an entirely new gear to grab gold in a time of 1:56.27, blowing away that previous PB to bits en route to an emotional gold medal.

Opening in 55.78 and closing in 1:00.49, Seemanova and Italy’s Federica Pellegrini were neck-and-neck most of the race, with Great Britain’s Freya Anderson also in the mix. Seemanova’s 55.78 was the fastest front half by well over a second but Pellegrini came on strong, punching a last lap of 29.72, while Anderson was also quick in 29.44.

The last time a woman from the Czech Republic grabbed European Championships gold was when Petra Chocova took the top spot in the 50m backstroke at the 2012 edition of these Championships.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
1 Comment
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
4 months ago


About Retta Race

Retta Race

Swim analyst, businesswoman.

Read More »