2022 EUROPEAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
DAY 3 FINAL HEAT SHEET
The 3rd final session of the European Championships 2022 will feature some of the most anticipated races of these championships. Sarah Sjostrom is chasing her 5th gold medal at the LC European Champions in the women’s 50m tonight, where she is heavily favored after hitting a 25.10 in the semifinals.
Of course, all eyes will be on the 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici after breaking the European record in the men’s 100 free semi-finals yesterday. Popovici broke 47 seconds for the first time in his young career and now sits just 0.07 seconds off the 13-year world record. If he could break that record tonight, it would truly be one of the most earth-shattering performances we’ve seen in swimming in a long time.
The men’s 800m free run should also be an exciting race, as is the case with any distance event featuring this group of European swimmers. Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk led heats in 7:47.93, a time we could potentially see anyone go down in this final. Luke Martens and Gregory Paltrinieri pose a very real threat to Romanchuk and they will likely be the leading group in the middle of the pool. 16 year old Italian Lorenzo Galossi is someone to watch out for. He swims the race differently than the 3 swimmers seeded before him. Galossi prefers to split the race negatively, so don’t count him out even if he seems well behind the leaders at half-time.
Neither did after a stunning turn of events in the women’s 400 IM heats this morning Katinka Hosszu or Miria Belmonte will drive in the final tonight. Hosszu, the world record holder and reigning European champion in this event, finished fourth this morning but was the third fastest Hungarian in the field and as a result failed to qualify for the final. Belmonte was 10th and will be the 1st substitute in the final.
WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – SEMIFINALS
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Marrit Steenbergen (NED) – 1:57.40
- Isabel Gose (GER) – 1:57.70
- Charlotte Bonnett (FRA) – 1:57.73
- Freya Anderson (GBR) – 1:57.76
- Nikoletta Padar (HUN) – 1:57.80
- Janja Segel (SLO) – 1:57.94
- Katja Fain (SLO) – 1:58.25
- Aleksandra Polanska (BEL) – 1:58.87
Tonight’s women’s 200 free semifinals were significantly faster than this morning’s preliminary rounds. No swimmer was under 1:59 in the heats, but tonight it took 1:58.87 to advance to tomorrow night’s final.
After looking disappointed with her 2:00.01 preliminary round performance this morning, Netherlands’ Marrit Steenbergen tonight beamed and roared to a 1:57.40 to win the first round of the semifinals. Steenbergen, last night’s 100 free champion, established an early lead and held off a late attack from Britain Freya Anderson. After setting a lifetime best of 1:56.05 at the World Championships in June, Anderson entered those championships as a top seed. Their last 50 tonight came in at 29.84, which could be a sign of something to happen in tomorrow night’s finals.
The second semi-final saw France Charlotte Bonnett immediately take the lead and roll over almost a full body length in front of the field in the 50-meter curve. She had extended her lead to just under a second at the 100m corner and she held that lead through the 3rd 50 of the race. Germany’s Isabel Gose and Hungary’s Nikoletta Padar both closed on Bonnet in the last 50 and saw Gose touch Bonnet at the finish. It was a very close finish with the trio separated by just 0.10 seconds.
Remarkably, Slovenia was the only country in the event to have two swimmers in the final. Janja Segel and Katja Fain took places 6 and 7 and will compete tomorrow evening.
200 SETBACK MEN – FINALS
- World record: 1:51.92, Aaron Peirsol (USA) – World Championship 2009
- European record: 1:53.23, Yevgeny Rylov (RUS) – Russian Championships 2021
- EM record: 1:53.36, Yevgeny Rylov (RUS) – 2018
- European Champion 2020: Yevgeny Rylov (RUS), 1:54.46
- Yohann Ndoye-Brouard (FRA) – 1:55.62
- Benedek Kovacs (HUN) – 1:56.03
- Luke Greenbank (GBR) – 1:56.15
- Roman Mityukov (SUI) – 1:56.45
- Matteo Restivo (ITA) – 1:57.30
- Lorenzo Mora (ITA) – 1:57.43
- Mewen Tomac (FRA) – 1:57.71
- Hubert Kos (HUN) – 1:57.84
After twice having to swim in last night’s semi-finals due to a starting wedge problem, France’s Yohann Ndoye-Brouard put up a great race, racing home in 29.51 to take the lead in the last 50. The 21-year-old broke the French record in the event with a time of 1:55.62 tonight.
Hungarian Benedek Kovacs snuck up for silver at the end of the race, fielding the fastest last 50 and bringing the race home with a stunning 29.20. The top finisher coming into the meeting, Great Britain Luke Greenbank made his move in the back half and worked his way up to take bronze.
WOMEN’S 50 BUTTERFLY – FINALS
- World record: 24.43, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – Swedish Championships 2014
- European record: 24.43, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – Swedish Championships 2014
- EM record: 24.87, Sarah Sjostrom (SW) – 2014
- European Champion 2020: Ranomi Kromowidjoj0 (NED), 25.30
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 24.96
- Marie Wattel (FRA) – 25.33
- Maike de Waard (NED) – 25.62
- Anna Ntountounaki (GRE) – 25.83
- Louise Hanson (SWE) – 25.91
- Paulina Peda (POL) – 26.01
- Kim Bush (NED) – 26.35 (tie)
- Anna Dowgiert (POL) – 26.35 (tie)
Louise Hanson got off to a fantastic start but once they were up and swimming there was no doubt Sarah Sjostrom would win the race. with the power Sarah Sjostrom went under 25 seconds again in her career. Sjostrom is the only swimmer in history to swim under 25 seconds in the women’s LCM 50 fly.
The performance marks Sjostrom’s 5th career gold at the European LCM 50 Fly Championships.
of France Marie Wattel took Silver by a substantial margin, 0.29 seconds ahead of the Bronze medalist Maike de Waard.
MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS
- World record: 46.91, Cesar Cielo (BRA) – World Championship 2009
- European record: 46.98, David Popovici (ROU) – European Championships 2022
- EM record: 46.98, David Popovici (ROU) – 2022
- European Champion 2020: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 47.37
WOMEN’S 100 BREAST STRIKE – FINALS
- World record: 1:04.13, Lilly King (USA) – World Championship 2017
- European record: 1:04.35, Ruta Meluttyte (LTU) – World Championship 2013
- European Championship record: 1:05.53, Yuliya Efimova (RUS) – 2018
- European Champion 2020: Sophie Hanson (SWE), 1:05.69
MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – SEMIFINALS
- World record: 49.50, Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 2019
- European record: 49.68, Kristof Milak (HUN) – 2022
- EM record: 50.18, Kristof Milak (HUN) – 2021
- European Champion 2020: Kristof Milak (HUN), 50.18
Top 8 Qualifiers:
WOMEN 50 RETURN – SEMIFINALS
- World Record: 26.98 – Liu Xiang, CHN (2018)
- European record: 27.10 – Kira ToussaintNED (2021)
- European Championship record: 27.19 – Kathleen Dawnson, GBR (2021)
- European Champion 2020: Kira ToussaintNED – 27.36
Top 8 Qualifiers:
MEN’S 200 BREAST BEAT – SEMIFINALS
- World record: 2:05.95, Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS) – 2022 Australian Trials
- European record: 2:06.12, Anton Chupkov (RUS) – World Championships 2019
- EM record: 2:06.80, Anton Chupkov (RUS) – 2018
- European Champion 2020: Anton Chupkov (RUS) – 2:06.99
Top 8 Qualifiers:
WOMEN 400 SINGLES MEDLEY – FINALS
MEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – FINALS
- World Record: 7:32.12 – Zhang Lin, China (2009)
- European record: 7:39.27 — Gregory PaltrinieriItaly (2019)
- EM record: 7:42.33 — Gregory PaltrinieriItaly (2016)
- 2020 European Champion: Mkyhailo Romanchuk, Ukraine – 7:42.61
WOMEN’S 4×100 FREESTYLE RELAY – FINALS
- World record: 3:29.69, Australia – Olympic Games 2021
- European record: 3:31.72, Netherlands – World Championships 2009
- European Championship record: 3:33.62, Netherlands – 2008
- European Champion 2020: Great Britain, 3:34.17