2018 Swim Open Stockholm
The opening day of the 2018 Swim Open Stockholm is in the books, as European swimmers look to book their ticket to the European Championships later this year.
The most notable swim of the day came from hometown favorite Sarah Sjostrom, as she won the 50 fly by almost a full second in 25.11. That is just .04 off her world leading 25.07 from January. Belgium’s Kimberly Buys earned the runner-up spot in 26.08.
Reigning world champion Anton Chupkov of Russia won his signature event in the men’s 200 breast, using his patented back half to beat out Sweden’s Erik Persson. Chupkov split 1:03.3/1:04.7 en route to the win in 2:08.07, while Persson was 2nd in 2:09.36. Chupkov’s time puts him 3rd in the world, just .02 off of James Wilby‘s winning time at the Commonwealth Games earlier today.
Other notable names picking up wins came from Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, Poland’s Konrad Czerniak, and Germany’s Sarah Kohler. Rapsys won the men’s 200 back in 1:56.84, with Russian Grigory Tarasevich 2nd in 1:58.52. Czerniak won a tight one in the 50 fly, clocking 23.62 to get by Joeri Verlinden (23.64) of the Netherlands. Kohler had a dominant win in the 1500, cracking the 16:00 barrier in 15:59.83. Lichtenstein’s Julia Hassler claimed 2nd in 16:24.65.
Along with Kohler, Germany got two other wins on the day in the men’s 400 free and women’s 200 free. Henning Mühlleitner won the men’s event in 3:46.98 over his countryman Florian Wellbrock (3:47.17), while Annika Bruhn took the 200 free in 1:58.71 over Russian Daria Ustinova (1:58.85).
The other winner on the night was Finland’s Mimosa Jallow, who was the only women sub-28 in the 50 back in 27.96.