Sjöström, Hosszu, Christou set meet records at Euro Meet, Luxembourg


On day two of the Euro Meet, expectations are high because Sarah Sjöström, Adam Peaty and Apostolos Christou already set meet records in the early morning heats.

The following prize money will be awarded:

Individual prize money (in EURO)
Open class
1st place 300,00€
2nd place 200,00€
3rd place 100,00€
Meet Record 300,00€
European Record 2000,00€
World Record 3000,00€


Women’s 50m breaststroke

Great Britain’s Sarah Vasey took the first victory, she finished in  30,93 ahead of Italy’s Martina Carraro in 31,09 and Jenna Laukkanen (FIN) in 31,28. 

Men’s 50m breaststroke

World record holder Adam Peaty set a new meet record erarlier today in prelims with a time of 27,02 and finished in 27,11 in the A final.
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (FIN) touched second in 28,52 ahead of Germany’s Philip Heintz in 28,60.

Women’s 50m butterfly

Another meet record was set by Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström in 25,02. She said after the race that it was a surprisingly fast race for her at this time of the year. Sjöström competed the last time at the Euro Meet ten years ago and she is happy to be back in Luxembourg.

Second-place finisher was Melanie Henique (FRA) in 26,28 ahead of Silvia di Pietro (ITA) in 26,38.

Men’s 50 m butterfly

Ben Proud (GBR) missed his meet record he set last year in 23,26, he touched the wall in a time of 23,35. Andrii Khloptsov (UKR) grabbed the silver medal in 23,62 followed by Proud’s teammate Adam Barrett in 23,72.

Women’s 200m freestyle

The loudest cheers in the background came from Hosszu’s husband and coach Shane Tusup and it helped: Katinka Hosszu won in 1:57,75 and she is the only woman in the fresh 2016 world rankings under 1:58. France’s Charlotte Bonnet finished second in 1:59,63. And Reva Foos (Germany) snatched the bronze in 2:00,14.

Men’s 200m freestyle

A 1-3 finish for the british swimmers: Duncan Scott touched first in 1:47,94, it’s the second fastest time in the world in 2016. Stephen Milne came in second in 1:48,66 and Nick Grainger completes the british podium in 1:48,68. Duncan Scott said about the british swimmers placed 1-5 in this final: “It is really a good sign.” Great Britain won the silver medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay in Rio.

Women’s 100m backstroke

It is always the same procedure for the “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu: from one final to the podium to the next final: Winner in the 100m back in 1:00,90 ahead of Jenny Mensing (Germany) in 1:02,01. Sarah Sjöström clocked 1:02,26 for the third place – in an event which is unsusual for her normal competition schedule.

Men’s 100m backstroke

Apostolos Christou (GRE) set his second meet record of the day in 54,00. This is the third fastest time in the world in this year so far. He finished more than 1,5 seconds faster than Chris Walker-Hebborn (GBR, 55,69) and Luke Greenbank (GBR) in 55,81.

Women’s 200m IM

It would be great to see Sarah Sjöström swim 200 IM – she starts in backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events at the Euro Meet but perhaps breaststroke is her weak point.

Katinka Hosszu challenges herself also in breaststroke events at this Euro Meet, she is in the 200m breaststroke A-final tonight.  But first, she bettered the 200m IM meet record and hit the wall in a time of 2:10,46 ahead of GB’s Aimee Willmott (2:13,03) and Hannah Miley in 2:15,49. The ladies finished in the same order yesterday in the 400m IM.

Men’s 200m IM

Jeremy Desplanches (Switzerland, trains in France) is the only man under 2 minutes, he touched in 1:59,78. Philip Heintz (GER) grabbed the silver medal in 2:00,87 ahead of Giovanni Sorriso (2:02,54). 16-year old German Paul Reihter, the youngest A finalist tonight, finished seventh in 2:07,50.

Women’s 200m breaststroke

Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw won the gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at the 2016 SC World Championships – and set a new Euro Meet record in Luxembourg today in 2:25,32 – not a bad time in January and the fastest 200m breaststroke in 2016 in the world. Renshaw said that for her the victory in Canada at the SC World Championships was a surprise and that she hopes to qualify for the World Championships in Budapest.

Also Germany’s Jessica Steiger showed a fast performance and touched second in 2:28,29 followed by Aimee Willmott (GBR) in 2:29,91.

Men’s 200m breaststroke

The 2015 LC World Champion and 2016 SC World Champion in the 200m breaststroke Marco Koch swam the fastest time in the morning heats. Koch finished his first training camp of the year in Spain two weeks ago – he has competed at the Euro Meet since 2007 when he entered the international swimming stage.

Koch set a new meet record last year in 2:07,69 – tonight he is about 3 seconds slower but again took the win in 2:10,75. He is nearly 5 seconds faster than the second place finisher Flavio Bizzarri (ITA) in 2:15,56. Ed Baxter (GBR) snatched the bronze medal in 2:16,77.

Koch said that he is in a different training cycle than in 2016 because he participated in all FINA World Cup stops in 2016 and now must train more. But he is satisfied with his time.


Women’s 200m butterfly

In her seventh final of the evening, the “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu paid a little tribute to her monster schedule, she finished 8th in 2:18,54.

Switzerland’s Martina van Berkel took the win in 2:11,98. Lisa Höpink (Germany) finished second in 2:14,49 ahead of another German swimmer, Tina Rüger in 2:14,81.

Van Berkel trains in Germany, in Heidelberg with coach Dr. Michael Spikermann.

Men’s 200m butterfly

World Champion Laszlo Cseh showed a gutsy finish and won in 1:59,07 – ahead of Great Britain’s Duncan Scott who is 12 years younger and clocked a 1:59,33. Stefanos Dimitriadis (GRE) took the bronze medal in 1:59,46.

Cseh said that he is looking forward to the World Championships in his home town Budapest and that he wants to be as fast as he can in July.

Women’s 50m freestyle

Again a new meet record for Sarah Sjöström in 24,01. Silvia di Pietro (ITA)  took the second place in 24,95 followed by Erika Ferraioli (ITA) in 25,35.

Sjöström is incredibly fast at this time of the season. Sarah Sjöström is in January really close to Britta Steffen’s (GER) 50m freestyle world record of 23,73, she set in 2009 in a high-tech-suit.



Men’s 50m freestyle

After his win in 2016, Ben Proud (GBR) grabbed again the gold medal in a time of 22,08. Apostolos Christou (GRE) took second with 22,41 and Marco Orsi (ITA) completed the podium, clocked a 22,49.


Women’s 50m backstroke

Sarah Sjöström came in first in 28,66, Germany’s Laura Riedemann touched second in 29,25 ahead of Nina Kost (GER) and Daryna Zevina (UKR) – tied for 3rd place in 29,29.


Men’s 50m backstroke

The last event of the day in Luxembourg was won by Greece’s Apostolos Christou in 25,20. Second place went to France’s Benjamin Stasilius (26,09) and Nelson Silva touched third in 26,20.



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6 years ago

Jeremy Desplanches is, I believe, Swiss. (But does train in france at Nice)

6 years ago

1:57.75 of Hosszu at 200 free still let me think that this race will be part of her program in Budapest and she will prefer it to 200 fly. It is hard to say now how strong the competition at 200 fly is going to be but at 200 free Sjostrom is definitely out and Ledecky still has 1500 race that strongly affects her 200 race. Ledecky’s form in Rio suggests strongly that she won’t take 1500 race lightly and will try to beat her record that can happen to be the only one this season. I hope she got wiser and will do it in prelims, but still her 200 will be affected. The door is wide open. 1:55… Read more »

Reply to  Pickle
6 years ago

I think her time curve is going to level out and start heading higher in 2017 so she would be wise to forego a difficult race schedule.

Reply to  Pickle
6 years ago

If Shane was that loud, they likely have an agenda for 200 free in Budapest. It’s on the 4th day, when she has no other finals to swim, but 200 fly sf is there. I don’t think so that a 1:55 low would be enough for the podium, and her PB is 1:55.41. If Ledecky and Sjostrom are not in the picture, she still has Pellegrini and McKeon. Can Hosszu shave off a whole second? Not from both fly and free at the same time. Interesting point.

6 years ago

Sjostrom was just 0.03 sec short of her more than two years old personal best that has made her #3 of all time. I like this lady. It looks like she is up to repeat the attack on all sprint disciplines that she had taken in Kazan: fly-free and now back as well. She almost succeeded with that beating Cate Campbell, but Campbell Dragon happened to be of two heads. Now in addition to this problem she has two youngsters who are ready to prove that their gold medals were not just lucky circumstances. We should expect very interesting competition at women sprint in Budapest.

6 years ago

Just a correction – Chloe Tutton swam 2.24.90 in the 200br last week in Miami, Australia, so Renshaw in #2 in the world behind her team-mate.

6 years ago

Both her 50s free and fly are all time top 10? I think they are ridiculous for January.

6 years ago

its only 2 hours from home but can’t attend that meet , too bad .

Måns Tangvald
6 years ago

Sarah didn’t break Steffen’s world record though, it was Cate Campbell..

6 years ago

Sjöström is good in 100 free but breaking Steffens world record.. no. That was C1. But she is svary fast so early in the year, and yeah see her in 200 IM would be fun.

Reply to  SwimJon
6 years ago

Couple years ago Sarah Sjostrom said publicly that she strongly dislike the 200 race and everything that related to it in preparation. It was a confusion in Kazan where she obviously missed the great chance to win gold medal at 200 that forced her to swim it in Rio. It happened that in Rio she missed a great opportunity to win gold medals at 50 and 100 free. She was much stronger at this distances in April 2016, and she was at great shape in Rio. But tough schedule and exhausting 200 competition took their toll. She stated immediately after Rio that there would be no hesitations any more. She is the sprinter.

Reply to  Pickle
6 years ago

I understand what you’re saying and think sprint going forward is fine, but I wouldn’t say she lost anything in Rio. She won a gold and three medals, while most of her sprint rivals headed home with one or zero. 200 is always a safer bet to medal than 50 if you’re good enough to have that option. If you would re-do anything it would be skipping all the relays where in hindsight Sweden wasn’t even close to compete for medals. But relays are very special to most swimmers, winning with your team mates means everything and as long as there is a slim chance you want to take it.

Impressive times btw, she’s basically just kept her body in… Read more »

Reply to  Joe
6 years ago

It’s about time (freestyle gold). Let’s wish her to succeed. World Record? 23.72 is still far away from 24.01 but at least it doesn’t sound crazy to think about it. There was no progress in freestyle since Berlin in 2014. Her 1:54.08 in Rio was of the same speed level as her relay split two years ago. Let’s see what she does in 100 free tomorrow. She was pretty fast year ago in Austin in January after high altitude training. I’m very excited to see her under 53. Unfortunately she will swim 100 free and 100 fly very close to each other.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Pickle
6 years ago

Joe is correct.
In Rio, Sarah Sjostrom swam in all three relays prelims and finals of 4×100 free and 4×200 (Sweden didn’t even qualify for 4×100 medley final after winning silver in 2015 Kazan).

In Day 1, Sjostrom already swam two 100 fly, and two 100 free.

She should have ditched the relays where Sweden’s chances of medalling is pretty miniscule, and who knows what could have happened in the 100 or 200 free finals.