HERNING, Denmark, December 13. THE hosting Danes finally had their time to cheer as the entire audience began to chant "Mie" following an amazing swim in the women's 100-yard back from youngster Mie Nielsen.
Nielsen charted a swift time of 55.99 in the finale to become the first European to ever break 56 seconds. That swim smashed the previous European and meet record of 56.36 set by Ksenia Moskvina in Istanbul in 2009. The swim also shot the youngster to the top of the world this year, ahead of Aya Terakawa's 56.10 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup.
Nielsen split the swim 27.16 going out, as she touched behind Czech's Simona Baumrtova's 27.04, but the difference really came with Nielsen bringing it home in a sizzling 28.83 to win in 55.99. Baumrtova wound up with silver in 56.28. Ukraine's Daryna Zevina tracked down bronze with a time of 56.94.
Russia's Daria Ustinova (58.11), Italy's Elena Gemo (58.76), Germany's Jenny Mensing (58.99), France's Cloe Credeville (59.04), Iceland's Eyglo Gustafsdottir (59.39), France's Mathilde Cini (59.45) and The Netherlands' Maaike De Waard (59.53) also vied for the title.