Szabo, Shymanovich, Kirpichnikova Top SC Euros Rankings, Earn €25,000 Each

2021 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
  • Aquatics Palace, Kazan Russia
  • SCM (25m)
  • Results

The 2021 European Swimming Championships, which took place from November 2 – 7, 2021, dispensed cash awards to the 15 highest-scoring men and women who raced at the meet. Each swimmer was ranked based on their single best performance in terms of FINA points and the top 15 men and women were given prize money.

The top 2 points scorers at the meet are unsurprising considering that they both exactly tied a world record at the meet which will be worth 1000 FINA points. Szebasztian Szabo accomplished the feat first when he posted a 21.75 during the 50 butterfly final to tie Nicholas Santos‘ 2018 world record in that event.

Following Szabo’s 1000-point yield, Ilya Shymanovich swam his way to a 21.75 50 breaststroke, which is the exact same time that Cameron van der Burgh used to become the fastest man in history back in 2009.

On the women’s side, we almost saw a world record fall when Anastasia Kirpichnikova threw down a 15:18.30 in the final of the women’s 1500 freestyle. That time for Kirpichnikova was a massive best time and Russian record but fell just short of Sarah Kohler’s world record from 15:18.01. While she didn’t get the perfect 1000 FINA points that come along with a world record-matching swim, she scored 999 with that swim to top the rankings.

Another big 1500 freestyle at the meet came from Germany’s Florian Wellbrock who won gold in the event with a 14:09.88. While it wasn’t as close as Kirpichnikova’s, his swim neared the world record of 14:08.06 which is held by Gregorio Paltrinieri. That swim for Wellbrock was worth 993 points, which made him #3 in the points rankings.

Sarah Sjostrom and Kira Toussaint assumed the 2nd and 3rd spots in the women’s race with their respective 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke performances. Sjostrom managed to deliver a 24.50 in the women’s 50 butterfly to take gold, while Toussaint was a 25.79 to win the 50 backstroke. Those swims were good enough for 985 and 978 FINA points, respectively.

Rounding out the top 5s were Nicolo’ Martinenghi and Emre Sakci thanks to their respective 50 breast semi-final swims of 25.37 and 25.38, and Evgenia Chikunova (200 breast), and Analia Pigree (50 backstroke).

Check out the full lists of the top 15 men and women from the 2021 European Short Course Swimming Championships:

Top 15 Men – As of Day 1

RANK NAME COUNTRY EVENT TIME FINA POINTS MONEY EARNED (€)
=1 Ilya Shymanovich BLR 50 breaststroke 25.25 1000 25,000
=1 Szebasztian Szabo HUN 50 butterfly 21.75 1000 25,000
3 Florian Wellbrock GER 1500 freestyle 14:09.88 993 15,000
4 Nicolo’ Martinenghi ITA 50 breaststroke 25.37 985 13,000
5 Emre Sakci TUR 50 breaststroke 25.38 984 12,000
6 Gregorio Paltrinieri ITA 1500 freestyle 14:13.07 982 11,000
7 Arno Kamminga NED 100 breaststroke 55.79 975 10,000
8 Kliment Kolesnikov RUS 50 backstroke 22.47 966 9,000
9 Mikhail Dorinov RUS 200 breaststroke 2:02.07 953 8,000
10 Erik Persson SWE 200 breaststroke 2:02.18 951 7,000
11 Ilya Borodin RUS 400 IM 3:58.83 950 6,000
12 Matteo Rivolta ITA 50 butterfly 22.14 948 5,000
13 Fabio Scozolli ITA 100 breaststroke 56.34 947 4,000
14 Alberto Razzetti ITA 50 butterfly 1:50.24 946 3,000
15 Andreas Vazaios GRE 200 IM 1:51.70 945 2,000

Top 15 Women – As of Day 1

RANK NAME COUNTRY EVENT TIME FINA POINTS MONEY EARNED (€)
1 Anastasia Kirpichnikova RUS 1500 freestyle 15:18.30 999 25,000
2 Sarah Sjostrom SWE 50 butterfly 24.50 985 20,000
3 Kira Toussaint NED 50 backstroke 25.79 978 15,000
4 Evgenia Chikunova RUS 200 breaststroke 2:16.88 950 13,000
=5 Analia Pigree FRA 50 backstroke 26.05 949 12,000
=5 Simona Quadarella ITA 1500 freestyle 15:34.16 949 12,000
7 Maaike de Waard NED 100 backstroke 55.86 948 10,000
=8 Martina Caramignoli ITA 1500 freestyle 15:37.33 939 9,000
=8 Marritt Steenbergen NED 200 freestyle 1:52.75 939 9,000
10 Kasia Wasick POL 50 freestyle 23.42 938 7,000
11 Silvia Scalia ITA 50 backstroke 26.18 934 6,000
=12 Maria Temnikova RUS 100 IM 57.83 933 5,000
=12 Alicja Tchorz POL 100 IM 57.82 933 5,000
14 Isabel Gose GER 800 freestyle 8:10.60 932 3,000
15 Elena di Liddo ITA 50 backstroke 26.25 927 2,000

In addition to the top 15 awards, the LEN also gave out bonus prizes for any world and European records broken at the meet. It’s unclear whether Szabo and Shymanovich were awarded the world record bonus for tying the record, but if they were, it would add €10,000 to their earnings, bringing them to €35,000 each.

Both of their swims, however, marked new European records, for which the LEN gave out €5,000. The only other individual European record at the meet came from Gregorio Paltrinieri who lowered the men’s 800 freestyle ER to a 7:27.94.

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Olympian
27 days ago

If you think about it… 25k for a world record is ridiculous!!

Brownish
26 days ago

Ilya’s written time would tie Nicholas’s and Szebasztian’s WR 😉