Sophie Hansson Downs Ruta Meilutyte Record En Route To Euro Meet Gold

2023 LUXEMBOURG EURO MEET

The 2023 Luxembourg Euro Meet concluded tonight from Centre National Sportif et Culturel d’Coque, but not before Irishman Daniel Wiffen put on another display of distance freestyle prowess.

The 21-year-old clocked a time of 3:50.24 to clinch the men’s 400m free victory, following up on his 1500m free silver and 800m free gold from earlier in the meet. Wiffen’s outing was enough to hold off runner-up Ahmed Mahmoud who touched in 3:53.70 for silver.

As for Wiffen, his time this evening checks in as his 4th fastest all-time in a career which carries a personal best of 3:46.62 from last summer’s Commonwealth Games. Wiffen now inserts himself within the list of top performers on the season in slot #12.

2022-2023 LCM Men 400 Free

Kim KOR
Woomin
03/30
3:45.59
2Elijah
Winnington
AUS3:45.8412/12
3Ahmed
Hafnaoui
TUN3:46.0203/02
4Samuel
Short
AUS3:46.6312/12
5Lukas
Martens
GER3:46.9512/17
6Pan
Zhanle
CHN3:47.2203/24
7Marwan
El Kamash
EGY3:47.3403/02
8Guilherme
Costa
BRA3:47.5610/05
9Alfonso
Mestre
VEN3:47.7110/05
10Kieran
Smith
USA3:48.0203/02
11Zhang
Ziyang
CHN3:48.1903/24
12Tomoru
Honda
JPN3:48.7701/21
13Felix
Auboeck
AUT3:49.1203/12
14Ikki
Imoto
JPN3:49.2502/19
15Hoe Yean
Khiew
MAS3:49.6112/12
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On the women’s front, Sweden’s Sophie Hansson scored a new meet record in the 100m breaststroke to wrap up her Euro Meet campaign. After snagging 50m breast gold and 200m breast silver, Hansson clocked a time of 1:06.95 in the 1breast to top the podium.

Her result overtook the previous meet record of 1:07.26, a time Lithuanian Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte put on the books at the 2013 edition of this competition.

Hansson is now ranked 4th in the world this season and represents one of just four swimmers who have delved under the 1:07 threshold thus far.

2022-2023 LCM Women 100 Breast

TesNED
Schouten
03/19
1:05.92
2Reona
Aoki
JPN1:06.1112/01
3Lilly
King
USA1:06.2803/02
4Tatiana
Belongoff
RUS1:06.5302/26
5Lara
Van Niekerk
RSA1:06.6503/03
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City of Leeds racer Leah Schlosshan, just 17 years of age, scored the victory in the women’s 200m IM tonight. She touched in 2:15.52 to win gold, producing the 5th fastest time of her young career in the process.

The British swimmer’s quickest 200m IM time remains at the 2:13.49 she put up for gold at last year’s European Junior Championships.

Additional Notes

  • American Paige Madden doubled up on her 200m free win from last night with a gold in the 400m free this evening. The Loughborough-trained athlete punched a time of 4:13.52 to just out-touch Spain’s Paula Juste who settled for silver in 4:13.82.
  • Federico Poggio of Italy captured the men’s 100m breast victory in a mark of 1:00.34
  • The women’s 200m back saw Austria’s Lena Grabowski get it done for gold in 2:13.89 while the men’s edition of the event saw Ukraine’s Oleksandr Zheltuakov follow suit in 2:01.88.
  • Algerian athlete Jaouad Syoud was the fastest 200m IMer on the men’s side, getting to the wall first in 2:01.20.
  • Sweden’s Louise Hansson completed her successful Euro Meet campaign with a victory in the women’s 100m free, punching a result of 55.13.
  • South African Olympic champion Chad Le Clos narrowly defeated Italian ace Leonardo Deplano in the men’s 100m free. Le Clos touched in 49.12 while Deplano was a fingernail behind in 49.18 for silver.

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ACC fan
2 months ago

Way to go Sophie! Wolfpack Nation is proud of you!

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