Andreas Vazaios Stuns Men’s 200 IM Field With 1:50.85 European Record

2019 LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

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2 Cents
10 months ago

was he as obnoxious celebrating this as he was winning a race at the ACC Champs?

Joking aside, congrats to him and that is beyond a fantastic swim. Can’t wait to see what he does later in the meet with the 200 Fly. Congrats again!!

Texas swims in a short pool
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10 months ago

i think you might be thinking of marcelo acosta with the obnoxious celebration

2 Cents
Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

It was definitely Vazaios, but I am just ribbing or roasting here. I can’t say I would react any differently if I ever did what he did.

I could also roast him for his broken English interview afterwards, but again… all in good nature and being that out of breath after a race my own interview would have probably sounded the same but only with more “4 letter” words.

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
Reply to  2 Cents
10 months ago

You could only dream of being fast enough to win a race at ACCs against this guy bud

anonymoose
Reply to  CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
10 months ago

thats what he said, essentially

AuggieBuschFan
Reply to  anonymoose
10 months ago

Why talk about his broken English in interviews and about his obnoxious cheering then? He is the 3rd fastest performer in history and last i checked he was at “European Championships.” How terrible it is that his first language isn’t English……

Swimfan
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10 months ago

Why would you try and “roast” a foreigner for having broken english? Very disrespectful and rude.

CHESwimmer
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10 months ago

“Broken english” for you, “second language” for him. Now, let’s hear your Greek!

You’re such an obnoxious UVa fan.

CourtneyCaldwellSuperFan
Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

Nah I think he is talking about Zach Harting out of any ACC B final….

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