WATCH: Day 2 Race Videos from ISL European Derby – London

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 7

November 24th, 2019 News


  • Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • 5:00-7:00 PM Local Time (12:00 noon – 2:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Time)
  • London Aquatics Centre – London, England
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • European franchises: Aqua Centurions, Energy Standard, Iron, London Roar
  • Start Lists
  • Day 1 Complete Results (with Corrected MVP Standings)
  • Day 2 Complete Results

Energy Standard used a big skins performance, where they outscored the London Roar by 25.5 points in that event alone, to keep their undefeated season alive in the 2019 International Swimming League finale in London.


  1. Energy Standard – 467.5
  2. London Roar – 458.5
  3. Iron – 369.5
  4. Aqua Centurions – 335.5

As 2 teams advanced to December’s Las Vegas finale, and 2 teams ended their season, there were exciting battles and record-setting swims across the field on day 2 at the European Derby meet.

See videos from day 2 races below:

Women’s 50 Skins – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Iron – 23.69/24.19/24.17 – While Iron has been eliminated from championship contention, Ranomi Kromowidjojo got in one last shot to keep her undefeated streak alive in skins, and simultaneously give Sarah Sjostrom her first skins loss of the season.

Men’s 50 Skins – Vlad Morozov – Iron – 21.46/22.01/21.78 – See above. More proof that the skins races aren’t everything, this is the second time this season where Iron has both swept the skins races and also finished 3rd at the same meet.

Women’s 100 Free – Cate Campbell – London – 51.20 – Cate Campbell moves to 3-for-3 this season in the 100 free, beating out both Emma McKeon and Sarah Sjostrom in a lethal field.

Men’s 100 Free – Vlad Morozov – Iron – 46.14 – Vlad Morzov was challenged late, but led from wire-to-wire to pick up his first men’s 100 free win of the season.

Men’s 100 Breast – Adam Peaty – London Roar – 56.18 – After finishing an unexpected 4th in the 50 breaststroke on Saturday, Peaty gathers himself to win the 100 breaststroke, his best event, in a new ISL Season leading time.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay – London Roar – 3:46.99 – London goes 1-3, while Energy Standard finished 5th and 6th, in what looked like it could be the ultimate momentum-changer for London (spoiler: it wasn’t).

Men’s 200 IM – Duncan Scott – London Roar – 1:53.97 – Duncan Scott’s stock is rising fast, and continued on Sunday with his first career individual ISL win in the 200 IM. That was just .15 seconds shy of his lifetime best in the event.

Women’s 200 IM – Katinka Hosszu – Iron – 2:04.16 – More Katinka doing Katinka things. After a tough finish to day 1, where she was 8th in the 200 free, Hosszu got back in form on day 2, winning both the 200 IM and 200 fly – her only individual events. She went a perfect 6-for-6 in IM races this season.

Women’s 50 Fly – Sarah Sjostrom – Energy Standard – 24.83 – Sjostrom didn’t have her best meet of the season in London, but in her words, the 50 fly is her best event right now. She won it easily, by almost 4 tenths of a second, on Sunday.

Women’s 100 Back – Minna Atherton – London Roar – It feels like a World Record is in danger every time Minna Atherton hits the water. Alas, this time it was *only* the 4th-best performance in history. Kira Toussaint broke a Dutch Record in 2nd place.

Men’s 200 Fly – Chad le Clos – Energy Standard – 1:51.97 – a win in the 200 fly locks up the MVP award for Chad le Clos – the first of his career.

Men’s 50 Fly – Szebastian Szabo – Iron – 22.13 – His best meet at the end of his season, Szebasztian Szabo knocked off Chad le Clos in the men’s 50 fly.

Women’s 200 Fly – Katinka Hosszu – Iron – 2:03.94 – Katinka had nothing to save up for, as the last race of her ISL season, so she went out with a bang – winning the women’s 200 fly by more than 2 seconds.

Men’s 400 Free Relay – London Roar  – 3:16.04 – While the ISL titled this video “Adam Peaty and London Roar Smash the 4×100 freestyle relay,” let’s be clear – Adam Peaty was not on the London Roar relay that won. He as on the “B” relay that placed 7th. He split 50.73, which was the slowest split of any man in the field, and just 2-tenths better than his teammate Emma McKeon did as the fastest women’s split. It wasn’t fast, but it was fun to find out what Peaty is capable of in a 100 free.



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So there’s definitely a celebrity status for Adam Peaty at this ISL meet in London compared to other swimmers regardless of how well he swims… so that means no Ranomi no Vlad and no katinka for Vegas?? wow


It’s not like Iron were ever truly in contention to go to Vegas.


People liked to come up with mathematically possible ways for that to happen but it was always near impossible to expect the entire team to magically swim significantly faster.


There’s always celebrity status around Peaty but it does seem like he got an extra dose of it here at his home meet. He did well overall, but a bit unfortunate to see some other great swims overshadowed.


Gee I hope they improve the camera angles for the Vegas finals. Surely they should have learnt by now that the low angle on one side shows us nothing.


Yeah I’m not loving the camera angles in ISL and given the fact this is short course pool we don’t get to see a lot of the actual swimming race whenever they get the angles wrong before the swimmers hit the 25m wall again

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These ISL races are very exciting!

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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