Sjostrom And Kolesnikov Lead Point Rankings On Day 1 Of Short Course Euros

2021 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Daily Recaps

The LEN introduced cash prizes at the European Short Course Championships in 2017 and has since given out prize money to the top 15 men and women at each meet. Swimmers are ranked based on their single highest scoring swim FINA point-wise and the top-ranked man and woman at the end of the meet will be awarded 25,000 €. The second-highest ranked swimmers will win 20,000 €, the third will get 15,000 €, and so on.

  • Read more about the prize money here.

As we go through the meet, we’ll be keeping track of the top 15 rankings for both the men and the women to see who is en route to collect the most cash. As of day 1, powerhouses Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia and Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden lead their respective fields in terms of FINA points, Kliment Kolesnikov threw down a monster 22.57 in the men’s 50 backstroke prelim to clinch the Championships and Russian record, good enough for 954 points.

Sarah Sjostrom on the other hand had her better swim during prelims. Sjostrom posted a 23.32 in the women’s 50 freestyle heats to get within 0.02 seconds of the current meet record in the event (held by Ranomi Kromowidjojo) and 0.32 seconds off her own Swedish record of 23.00.

Michele Lamberti had a huge day of racing, which included breaking the Italian 50 backstroke national record twice, first with a 22.91 and then with a 22.79. He will advance in second place to the final behind Kolesnikov. Following the duo of backstrokes leading the men’s race, Luc Kroon had a gold medal-winning swim in the 400 freestyle of 3:38.33, scoring 918 points and downing the Dutch record. He is closely followed by Apostolos Christou and fellow 400 freestyler Matteo Ciampi.

As for the women, second place thus far is Anastasiia Kirpichnikova of Russia who powered her way to an 8:08.44 during the women’s 800 freestyle prelims, breaking her own national record and advancing first into the final. While she has yet to race the final of that event, her first swim provided her with 945 points, which is only 5 behind Sjostrom’s leading 950.

Kasia Wasick followed with her near-Polish record swim of 23.42 in the 50 freestyle semi-final. Wasick earned 938 points for that swim and will be back in the pool alongside Sjostrom for the final later on in the meet. Two Italians in the form of 100 breaststroker Arianna Castiglioni and 800 freestyler Simona Quadarella are tied for 4th place right now with their respective swims that yielded 911 FINA points each.

Check out the full list of the top 15 men and top 15 women as of day 1:

Top 15 Men – As of Day 1

Rank Name Country Event Time FINA Points
1 Kliment Kolesnikov RUS 50 backstroke 22.57 954
2 Michele Lamberti ITA 50 backstroke 22.79 926
3 Luc Kroon NED 400 freestyle 3:38.33 918
4 Apostolos Christou GRE 50 backstroke 22.87 917
5 Matteo Ciampi ITA 400 freestyle 3:38.58 915
6 Tomoe Hvas NOR 100 butterfly 49.22 914
7 Marco de Tullio ITA 400 freestyle 3:38.80 912
8 Henrik Christiansen NOR 400 freestyle 3:39.42 905
9 Lorenzo Mora ITA 50 backstroke 23.01 900
10 Pavel Samusenko RUS 50 backstroke 23.03 898
11 Daniil Shatalov RUS 400 freestyle 3:40.49 892
12 Kristof Milak HUN 100 butterfly 49.71 887
=13 Robert Glinta ROU 50 backstroke 23.13 886
=13 Jakub Majerski POL 100 butterfly 49.73 886
15 Florian Wellbrock GER 400 freestyle 3:41.09 884

Top 15 Women – As of Day 1

Rank Name Country Event Time FINA Points
1 Sarah Sjostrom SWE 50 freestyle 23.32 950
2 Anastasiia Kirpichnikova RUS 800 freestyle 8:08.44 945
3 Kasia Wasick POL 50 freestyle 23.42 938
=4 Arianna Castiglioni ITA 100 breaststroke 1:04.31 911
=4 Simona Quadarella ITA 800 freestyle 8:14.35 911
6 Martina Carraro ITA 100 breaststroke 1:04.44 906
7 Evgeniia Chikunova RUS 100 breaststroke 1:04.53 902
8 Martina Caramignoli ITA 800 freestyle 8:16.80 898
=9 Nika Godun RUS 100 breaststroke 1:04.64 897
=9 Isabel Gose GER 800 freestyle 8:16.92 897
11 Maria Kameneva RUS 50 freestyle 23.79 895
12 Francesca Fangio ITA 100 breaststroke 1:04.86 888
=13 Ida Hulkko FIN 100 breaststroke 1:05.00 883
=13 Eneli Jefimova EST 100 breaststroke 1:04.99 883
15 Merve Tuncel TUR 800 freestyle 8:20.16 880

In addition to the prizes for top 15s, the LEN will also be awarding bonuses to swimmers who break world records (10,000 €) or European records (15,000 €). We will keep a daily tally of those record-breaking swims as they occur. As of day 1, there have no one has broken any world or European records.

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