HERNING, Denmark, December 12. SPAIN’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia continued her strong season with a European record in the women’s 200 fly at the European Short Course Championsihps.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu had owned the 200 fly throughout the FINA World Cup and also held the previous continental record.
Belmonte Garcia, who downed distance freestyle world records in the short course events during a lucrative FINA World Cup circuit, topped the distance fly tonight in 2:01.52 (28.23, 31.01, 31.16, 31.12). That swim smashed the meet mark of 2:03.22 set by Aurore Mongel back in 2009, and took Hosszu’s European record of 2:02.20 set last year at this time. Belmonte Garcia’s top time this year had been a 2:04.20, so she’s been playing possum in this event so far. Hosszu had led the world with a 2:03.05 from the Eindhoven stop of the FINA World Cup.
Germany’s Franziska Hentke took a distant second in 2:03.47, good enough to move to third in the world now, while Great Britain’s Jemma Lowe took third in 2:04.51 for seventh in the world. Hosszu finished a surprising fourth in 2:05.39.
Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi (2:05.44), Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (2:07.33), Italy’s Stefania Pirozzi (2:07.54), Switzerland’s Martina Van Berkel (2:08.03), Switzerland’s Danielle Carmen Villars (2:08.99) and Poland’s Klaudia Nazieblo (2:08.99) clinched the rest of the finishes.