2019 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, December 4th – Sunday, December 8th
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
- Entry List
- Competition Schedule
- Results Documents
- Live Video – LEN TV
Almost immediately after Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich set a new European Record in the men’s 100m breaststroke at 55.89, Greek speedster Andrea Vazaios accomplished the same feat in the men’s 200m IM.
The 25-year-old Olympian Vazaios busted out a monster personal best of 1:50.85 to land atop the podium, clearing the rest of the stacked field by just under a second. In doing so, Vazaios blew away the previous European Record of 1:51.36 Hungarian Olympic icon Laszlo Cseh put on the books at the 2015 edition of these European Short Course Championships.
Vazaios’ road to the podium here in Glasgow started with his 1:52.38 morning prelim swim, a new national record in itself. Splits for his morning swim included 25.12/27.17/32.51/27.58 to claim the 2nd seed behind British powerhouse Duncan Scott, who notched a new British national record of 1:52.33 this morning.
Flash forward to tonight’s final, however, and Vazaios was a man on a mission, splitting 25.23/26.97 (52.20), 31.88/26.77 (58.65) to come on strong at the end and get the gold. Runner-up in the race went to Tomoe Hvas, the young Norwegian who lowered his own national record in a silver medal-worthy effort of 1:51.74. Bronze went to the 2017 winner Philip Heintz of Germany, who put up a time of 1:52.55.
Vazaios was the silver medalist in this event in Copenhagen behind Heitz with a then-national record of 1:53.27. He had earlier taken the long course European Championships gold medal in this 200m IM event in London in 2016.
Not only did Vazaios make history by producing a new European Record, but his 1:50.85 swim now inserts him onto the list of all-time performers as slot #3. Only American Ryan Lochte has been faster with his World Record of 1:49.63, while Japan’s Kosuke Hagino is ranked #2 in his fastest time of 1:50.47.