European Championships: Adam Peaty Blasts Meet Record in 50 Breast Prelims

BERLIN, Germany, August 22. Another day, another event for the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu at the European Championships as she continues her 10-event slate. Hosszu actually wound up earning two more second swims during prelims today. Meanwhile, Adam Peaty blasted the meet record in the 50 breast.

Scheduled Events

  • Men’s 200 back
  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 100 fly
  • Women’s 50 back
  • Men’s 50 breast
  • Women’s 1500 free



Men’s 200 back

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Hungary’s Peter Bernek threw down a sizzling 29.62 in the final 50 meters to secure the top seed heading into the finale as he posted a 1:58.45 overall this morning.  Bernek comes into the day with a 10th-ranked 1:56.42 from Hungarian Nationals, and will look to turn in something faster tonight.

Bernek’s Splits:

28.38 (4) 58.44 (3)
30.06 1:28.83 (3)
30.39 1:58.45

Germany’s Christian Diener (1:58.74) and Jan-Philip Glania (1:58.91) also cleared the 1:59 mark to take second and third headed into semis, while Italy’s Luca Mencarini took fourth in 1:59.47.

Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin (1:59.94) and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki tied for fifth overall with 1:59.94s as the only other sub-2:00s of the morning.

Sweden’s Mattias Carlsson (2:00.00) and France’s Ben Stasiulis (2:00.06) finished seventh and eighth.

Hungary’s Gabor Balog (2:00.14), France’s Eric Ress (2:00.36), Russia’s Ivan Trofimov (2:00.38), Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys (2:00.95), Italy’s Christopher Ciccarese (2:00.96), Czech’s Roman Dmytriyev (2:01.13), Sweden’s Axel Pettersson (2:01.20) and Russia’s Andrey Shabasov (2:01.48) also made semis with Hungary’s David Verraszto (14th, 2:00.97) being bumped by the two-per-country rule.

Women’s 200 free

Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/

Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu continued her remarkable run through the European Championships, that already has her netting a handful of medals with a few days to go, as she led qualifying this morning in 1:57.05.  She has only gone a bit faster this year with a 10th-ranked 1:56.30, and should turn in a much faster time throughout semis and finals in the event based on how she has been swimming.

Hosszu’s Splits:

27.80 (1) 57.27 (1)
29.47 1:27.22 (1)
29.95 1:57.05

It was a shame, however, when Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden opted to scratch the individual event after she scorched the 800 free relay last night with a 1:53.64 split.  That was a truly special swim, and translated into the individual event, could have challenged some of the top swims in history. Sjostrom already has the top time in the world with a 1:55.04 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup earlier this year.

Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid (1:58.60) and Russia’s Veronika Popova (1:58.66) took second and third in the 1:58s, while European record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy took fourth in 1:59.14.

France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:59.55) and The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk (1:59.77) also beat 2:00s this morning in qualifying.

Bulgaria’s Nina Rangelova (2:00.26), Russia’s Viktoriya Andreeva (2:00.26), Sweden’s Louise Hansson (2;00.29), Italy’s Chiara Masini Luccetti (2:00.63), Great Britain’s Shauna Lee (2:00.72), The Netherlands’ Esmee Vermeulen (2:00.74), Norway’s Cecilie Johannessen (2:00.87), Austia’s Lisa Zaiser (2:00.92), Serbia’s Katarina Simonovic (2:00.92) and Sweden’s Michelle Colenam (2:01.75) will also compete in the semifinal heats.

Men’s 100 fly

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh moved into the top 20 in the world with a 52.14 this morning as he lead a truckload of 52s into the semifinal heats this evening.

Cseh’s Splits:

24.40 (2) 52.14

Germany’s Steffen Deibler (52.22), Poland’s Konrad Czerniak (52.26), Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski (52.35), Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (52.40) and Great Britain’s Adam Barrett (52.42) were among those to make semis in the 52 low-to-mid range.

Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin (52.51), Russia’s Nikita Konovalov (52.65), The Netherlands’ Joeri Verlinden (52.72), Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (52.74), Serbia’s Ivan Lendjer (52.76), Hungary’s Bence Pulai (52.78), France’s Mehdy Metella (52.79) and Italy’s Piero Codia (52.92) clocked 52s as well to make semis.

Denmark’s Viktor Bromer (53.18) and Italy’s Matteo Rivolta (53.26) claimed the last two transfer spots into the finale with 53s.

Women’s 50 back

Photo Courtesy: Pia Ellegaard Mortensen

Photo Courtesy: Pia Ellegaard Mortensen

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen got it going early this morning with a 27.93 as the only sub-28 this morning.  She’s fourth in the world this year with a 27.76 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup, but will have the likes of Georgia Davies (2nd, 27.56 at Commonwealth Games) to contend with in the finale.  In fact, Davies qualified second this morning with a 28.05 in the sprint back event.

Spain’s Mercedes Peris Minguet (28.24) and Great Britain’s Fran Halsall (28.25) finished third and fourth with Italy’s Arianna Barbieri (28.32) and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia (28.34) taking fifth and sixth.  Poland’s Aleksandra Urbranczyk (28.40) and Russia’s Daria Ustinova (28.43) closed out the top half of the semis field.

Czech’s Simona Baumrtova (28.79) qualified ninth, while the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu added another second swim to her slate with a 10th-place 28.81.

Italy’s Elena Gemo (28.83), Croatia’s Sanja Jovanovic (28.86), France’s Mathilde Cini (28.89), Finland’s Mimosa Jallow (28.91), Spain’s Duane da Rocha Marce (28.91) and Finland’s Anni Alitalo (29.05) also earned spots in the semis.

Men’s 50 breast

Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty lit the pool on fire in the final heat of the sprint breast with a meet-record 26.91.  Although it’s not as fast as his third-ranked season best of 26.78 from the Commonwealth Games, it was enough to become the first man at Euros to break 27.  The previous record had stood to Oleg Lisogor with a 27.18 from the 2002 meet, 12 years ago.  Peaty will take another run at his European record of 26.78 in semis, and quite possibly even a look at Cameron van der Burgh’s world record of 26.67 from 2009.

Serbia’s Caba Silajdi finished second in 27.25 with France’s Giacomo Perez-Dortona (27.39) and Italy’s Andrea Toniato (27.44) placing third and fourth.

Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic (27.55), Czech’s Petr Batrunek (27.63), Russia’s Andrey Nikolaev (27.64), Germany’s Hendrik Feldwehr (27.66) and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (27.66) also made the top half of the semi seeds.

Italy’s Mattia Pesce (27.74), Israel’s Yaron Shagalov (27.85), Greece’s Ioannis Karpouzlis (27.88), Switzerland’s Martin Schweizer (27.94), Ireland’s Barry Murphy (28.01), Estonia’s Martti Aljand (28.03) and Slovenia’s Matjaz Markic (28.04) will also move on to the semis.

Women’s 1500 free

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

With Lotte Friis scratching due to illness, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia will have a cake walk through to the metric mile title after cruising to the top seed in 16:11.22.

Belmonte Garcia’s Splits:

30.26 (3)
30.26 1:02.64 (2)
32.38 1:35.10 (2)
32.46 2:07.57 (2)
32.47 2:40.11 (2)
32.54 3:12.56 (2)
32.45 3:44.93 (2)
32.37 4:17.52 (2)
32.59 16:11.22
4:49.92 (2)
32.40 5:22.52 (2)
32.60 5:54.61 (2)
32.09 6:27.00 (2)
32.39 6:59.40 (2)
32.40 7:31.75 (1)
32.35 8:04.35 (1)
32.60 8:36.85 (1)
9:09.35 (1)
32.50 9:41.93 (1)
32.58 10:14.30 (1)
32.37 10:46.77 (1)
32.47 11:19.05 (1)
32.28 11:51.83 (1)
32.78 12:24.35 (1)
32.52 12:57.18 (1)
13:29.54 (1)
32.36 14:02.10 (1)
32.56 14:34.70 (1)
32.60 15:07.25 (1)
32.55 15:39.51 (1)

Italy’s Aurora Ponsele (16:14.46), Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (16:17.23), Slovenia’s Tjasa Oder (16:18.81), Italy’s Martina Rita Caramignoli (16:19.68), Lichtenstein’s Julia Hassler (16:21.06), Spain’s Maria Vilas Vidal (16:22.48) and Germany’s Isabelle Haerle (16:25.05) also made the championship heat.


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