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Klochkova Wins the 200 IM for Her 10th Euro Title -- May 13, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

MADRID, Spain, May 13. ONLY four finals were swum today, a day when some welcome warmth replaced the near-frigid conditions that had prevailed at the M-86 pool in Madrid. Of the four winners, three were well-known names while the fourth belonged to a newcomer on the international swimming circuit.

Twenty-one year old Ukrainian Yana Klochkova -- double Olympic champion in Sydney and the world record-holder in the 400 IM -- swept to victory in the 200 IM in 2:12.56, two-and-a-half seconds ahead of Hanna Shcherba of Belarus (2:15.03). Romania’s Beatrice Coada Caslaru was third (2:15.70).

The victory was her 10th European title in five years. She has four gold medals in the 200 IM, four in the 400 IM and two in the 400 free.

"It was a very hard final," Klochkova said, referring more to the weather than the competition. "Swimming outdoors made it very difficult. I'd have swum much better if it had been indoors. I felt confident of winning, however, and I'm happy to retain my title."

Denis Silantiev, the 1998 world champion, gave Ukraine its second gold medal in two events when he took the men’s 200 fly in 1:56.71. Romania’s Ioan Gherghel, a two-time NCAA champion at Alabama, was sixth at the halfway marka. He was buried in fifth at the final turn, 72-hundredths behind Silantiev, before going to his patented final lap sprint. Had the race been five meters longer, he would have won, but when he hit the pads he fell 11-hundredths shy of the Ukrainian and had to settle for the silver.

Germany's Stev Theloke, the 1998 and ’99 champion, regained his crown in the men’s 50 meter backstroke in a furious four-way one-lap scramble. At the end it was Theloke who touched first in 25.61, six-hundredths ahead of Lithuania’s Darius Grigalionis (25.67). Spain’s David Ortega was right behind in 25.69, while Greece’s Aristeidis Grigoriadis, who swam 25.64 in the semis, was a disappointed fourth in 25.71.

These days Italy seems to be a breaststroke factory, turning out one world class breaststroker after another. This year’s phenomenon is 18 year-old Paolo Bossini, who took the 200 meter race in 2:11.73, just ahead of Russia’s Dimitri Komornikov at 2:12.03. Komornikovc briefly held the world record in this event last year. Richard Bodor of Hungary was third in 2:13.27.

In semifinal action, Pieter van den Hoogenband was the class of the field in the 200 free, turning in the fastest time, 1:47.58. Kvetoslav Svoboda was a distant second at 1:49.15.

Defending champion Oleg Lisogor swam the fastest 50 breast in semis, 28.06. Right on his heels is Mark Warnecke, a 34 year-old physician, in 28.15 and France’s Hugues Duboscq in 28.16.

Martina Moravcova, out to make amends for her disappointing eighth place finish in the 100 free, turened in the fastest 100 fly in semis, 58.67. Poland’s Otylia Jedrzejczak, world record-holder over 200 meters, was second in 59.01.

In a battle of 17 year-olds, France’s multi-talented Laure Manaudou led the field in the semifinals of the 100m back, touching in 1:01.37, with Russia’s Stanislava Komarova second in 1:01.79. Veteran Nina Zhivanevskaya of Spain had the third-fastest time, 1:01.90

The 50 breast was relatively slow, but Sweden’s Maria Ostling clocked the events only sub-32, touching in 31.93.



European Swimming Championships
Madrid, Spain

50 meter pool

May 5-16, 2004

RESULTS
DAY FOUR: May 13, 2004



Men’s 50m Backstroke
FINAL RESULTS

WR 24.80 RUPPRATH Thomas Barcelona (ESP) 27 JUL 2003 GER
ER 24.80 RUPPRATH Thomas Barcelona (ESP) 27 JUL 2003 GER
CR 25.00 RUPPRATH Thomas Berlin (GER) 31 JUL 2002 GER

Rank Name YB Nation Result Behind R.T. LN
FINAL
1. THELOKE Stev 78 GER 0.72 25.61 5
2. GRIGALIONIS Darius 77 LTU 0.61 25.67 0.06 1
3. ORTEGA David 79 ESP 0.64 25.69 0.08 3
4. GRIGORIADIS Aristeidis 85 GRE 0.70 25.71 0.10 4
5. VYATCHANIN Arkady 84 RUS 0.88 26.09 0.48 8
6. SHYRSHOV Vyacheslav 79 UKR 0.78 26.23 0.62 2
7. WILDEBOER Aschwin 86 ESP 0.64 26.37 0.76 6
8. KOZULJ Gordan 76 CRO 0.66 26.40 0.79 7



Men’s 200m Breaststroke
FINAL RESULTS

WR 2:09.42 KITAJIMA Kosuke Barcelona (ESP) 24 JUL 2003 JPN
ER 2:09.52 KOMORNIKOV Dimitri Barcelona (ESP) 14 JUN 2003 RUS
CR 2:11.37 RUMMOLO Davide Berlin (GER) 1 AUG 2002 ITA

Rank Name YB Nation Result Behind R.T. LN 150m 100m 50m
FINAL
1. BOSSINI Paolo 85 ITA 0.85 30.11 1:03.43 1:37.57 2:11.73 4
2. KOMORNIKOV Dmitry 81 RUS 0.87 30.16 1:04.22 1:38.64 2:12.02 0.29 5
3. BODOR Richard 79 HUN 0.77 30.55 1:04.50 1:38.70 2:13.27 1.54 3
4. GERASIMOV Sergey 80 RUS 0.90 30.71 1:05.10 1:39.10 2:13.78 2.05 7
5. GUSTAVSSON Martin 80 SWE 0.77 30.83 1:04.99 1:39.80 2:13.81 2.08 2
6. PERROT Stephan 77 FRA 0.77 30.16 1:04.36 1:39.34 2:15.81 4.08 8
PIHLAVA Jarno 79 FIN 0.79 DSQ 1
PODOPRIGORA Maxim 78 AUT 0.83 DSQ 6



Men’s 200m Butterfly
FINAL RESULTS

WR 1:53.93 PHELPS Michael Barcelona (ESP) 22 JUL 2003 USA
ER 1:54.62 ESPOSITO Franck Chalon (FRA) 18 APR 2002 FRA
CR 1:55.18 ESPOSITO Franck Berlin (GER) 1 AUG 2002 FRA

Rank Name YB Nation Result Behind R.T. LN 150m 100m 50m
FINAL
1. SYLANTYEV Denis 76 UKR 0.83 25.91 56.36 1:26.36 1:56.71 5
2. GHERGHEL Ioan 78 ROM 0.88 26.90 57.09 1:27.08 1:56.82 0.11 3
3. POLYAKOV Anatoly 80 RUS 0.81 26.86 56.75 1:26.79 1:57.45 0.74 2
4. SKVORTSOV Nikolay 84 RUS 0.89 26.76 57.54 1:27.99 1:58.20 1.49 7
5. CSEH Laszlo 85 HUN 0.89 26.81 57.67 1:27.84 1:58.33 1.62 6
6. ADVENA Sergiy 84 UKR 0.86 26.59 55.98 1:26.67 1:58.53 1.82 8
7. DRYMONAKOS Ioannis 84 GRE 0.77 26.44 56.14 1:26.94 1:58.55 1.84 4
8. ULACIA Juan Jose 81 ESP 0.83 26.80 56.73 1:28.43 2:01.51 4.80 1



Women’s 200m Individual Medley
FINAL RESULTS

WR 2:09.72 WU Yanyan Shanghai (CHN) 17 OCT 1997 CHN
ER 2:10.68 KLOCHKOVA Yana Sydney (AUS) 19 SEP 2000 UKR
CR 2:11.59 KLOCHKOVA Yana Berlin (GER) 1 AUG 2002 UKR

Rank Name YB Nation Result Behind R.T. LN 150m 100m 50m
FINAL
1. KLOCHKOVA Yana 82 UKR 0.83 28.48 1:01.96 1:41.18 2:12.56 4
2. SHCHERBA Hanna 82 BLR 0.76 28.73 1:03.07 1:42.63 2:15.03 2.47 3
3. CASLARU Beatrice 75 ROM 0.82 30.21 1:05.22 1:44.08 2:15.70 3.14 6
4. KOVACS Agnes 81 HUN 0.81 29.17 1:04.18 1:42.96 2:16.11 3.55 5
5. ROUBA Tatiana 83 ESP 0.86 29.81 1:04.95 1:46.05 2:17.31 4.75 8
6. JAKABOS Zsuzsanna 89 HUN 0.95 29.55 1:03.54 1:45.74 2:17.69 5.13 2
7. CARTIAUX Celine 79 FRA 0.82 29.58 1:04.99 1:45.52 2:17.77 5.21 1
8. KLINAR Anja 88 SLO 0.84 29.90 1:05.08 1:45.63 2:18.06 5.50 7