2016 European Championships: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

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Live coverage of day five finals of the 2016 European Championships. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.


Men’s 800 free

Fresh off a European record in the men’s 1500-meter free, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri dominated the men’s 800-meter free at the 2016 European Championships.

Paltrinieri won the finale in a time of 7:42.33, smashing his own meet record of 7:44.98 from the 2014 edition of the meet. He far surpassed Mack Horton as the top-ranked swimmer in the world this year as Horton had a 7:46.07 from the Australian Nationals.

Paltrinieri’s time is among the top 15 all time, but short of his European record of 7:40.81 from the 2015 World Championships.

Italy’s Gabriele Detti finished second tonight in 7:43.52 to move to second in the world, while Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk clinched third overall in 7:47.99.

Czech’s Jan Micka (7:50.38), Great Britain’s Timothy Shuttleworth (7:50.52), Norway’s Henrik Christiansen (7:51.84), Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta (7:54.32) and France’s Joris Bouchaut (7:58.54) closed out the rest of the championship heat.


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Women’s 200 breast

Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen, the world-record holder in the event, charged her way to victory in the women’s 200-meter breast at the 2016 European Championships.

Pedersen, who turned third at the 100, turned on the jets down the back half to win in 2:21.69.  That swim moved her to fourth in the world rankings, lower than her fifth-ranked season best of 2:22.83 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup.

It’s not the same level of speed as her meet record of 2:19.84 from 2014 or her world record of 2:19.11 from 2013, but it was enough to capture the title tonight.

Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero turned in a second-place time of 2:22.56 for silver, moving to sixth in the world, while Iceland’s Hilda Luthersdottir picked up bronze in a 2:22.96.

Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw, the leader at the 100-meter mark, took fourth in 2:23.18.

Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (2:23.40), Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton (2:24.07), Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (2:25.97) and Czech’s Martina Moravcikova (2:29.42) closed out the rest of the top eight.


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Men’s 100 free

Italy’s Luca Dotto clinched the men’s 100-meter free title at the 2016 European Championships.

Dotto, who is second in the world with a 47.96 from Italian Nationals, turned in a 48.25 for the win tonight.

The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren pushed the pace with a second-place time of 48.32.  Meanwhile, France’s Clement Mignon snared third overall in 48.36.

France’s Jeremy Stravius (48.53), Belgium’s Pieter Timmers (48.64), Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic (48.72), Belgium’s Glenn Surgeloose (48.75) and Russia’s Andrey Grechin (48.85) also swam for the title.


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Women’s 100 fly

Out under world-record pace, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom continued to make 55-seconds look routine as she posted a meet record in the women’s 100-meter fly at the 2016 European Championships.

Sjostrom clocked a winning time of 55.89, blasting her own meet record of 56.12 from earlier this week.  She also challenged her world record of 55.64 as she went out in 26.31, under world record pace.

Comparative splits:

WR:  26.46, 55.74 (29.28)
Today: 26.31, 55.89 (29.58)

That’s Sjostrom’s fourth time under 56 seconds now as she has a 55.64, 55.68, 55.74 to her credit as well.  Dana Vollmer is the only other sub-56 swimmer with a 55.98.

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen raced her way to second in a 56.83, moving to third in the world rankings in the process.

Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi (57.52), Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi (57.54), Belgium’s Kimberly Buys (58.48), Greece’s Anna Ntountounaki (58.86), Spain’s Judit Ignacio Sorribes (59.02) and Czech’s Lucie Svecena (59.06) finished third through eighth.


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Mixed 400 free relay

The Netherlands captured the mixed 400-meter medley relay title at the 2016 European Championships.

Sebastiaan Verschuren (48.64), Ben Schwietert (49.03), Maud van der Meer (53.70) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.27) turned in a meet record of 3:23.64. That’s well clear of Italy’s 2014 mark of 3:25.02 and challenged USA’s world record of 3:23.05 from 2015 in Kazan.

Italy’s Filippo Magnini (49.35), Luca Dotto (47.94), Erika Ferraioli (54.35) and Federica Pellegrini (52.91) took second in 3:24.55.

France’s Clement Mignon (49.26), Jeremy Stravius (48.29), Charlotte Bonnet (53.44) and Anna Santamans (54.50) claimed third in 3:25.49.

Sweden (3:27.26), Hungary (3:29.61), Turkey (3:31.07), Norway (3:33.32) and Estonia (3:35.53) comprised the rest of the final.


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Women’s 200 free

The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk topped qualifying in the women’s 200-meter free semis at the 2016 European Championships.

Heemskerk stopped the clock in a time of 1:56.68, off her seventh-ranked season best of 1:55.85 from the Eindhoven Swim Cup.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, the defending champion, earned the second seed in a time of 1:56.73.  She’s been faster with a fourth-ranked time of 1:55.30 from the Italian Nationals.

France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.64) and Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid (1:58.10) qualified third and fourth.

Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto (1:58.66), Bulgaria’s Nina Rangelova (1:58.68), Hungary’s Ajna Kesely (1:58.69) and Spain’s Patricia Castro Ortega (1:58.83) also made their way into the championship heat.


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Men’s 100 fly

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh, who demolished the 200 fly yesterday, led the way in the men’s 100-meter fly semis at the 2016 European Championships.

Cseh posted a top time of 51.64, off his third-ranked season best of 51.40 from the Euro Meet.

Poland’s Konrad Czerniak, the defending champion, qualified second in 51.90.  He’s been a second-ranked 51.31 at the Spanish Spring Nationals already this year.

France’s Mehdy Metella clocked in with a third-seeded 52.00, off his 12th-ranked 51.84 from French Nationals.

Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski (52.11), Italy’s Piero Codia (52.16), Italy’s Matteo Rivolta (52.33), Ukraine’s Lyubomyr Lemeshko (52.38) and Denmark’s Viktor Bromer (52.43) chased down the rest of the qualifying spots.


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Women’s 50 back

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen put up the top time in the women’s 50-meter back semis at the 2016 European Championships.

Nielsen posted a time of 27.73, moving her to fourth in the world rankings in the process.  It’s not far off the meet record of 27.64 set by Aliaksandra Herasimenia back in 2010.

Great Britain’s Fran Halsall posted a second-seeded time of 27.80 to move to fifth in the world, while Great Britain’s Georgia Davies finished third in 27.91 to move into the top 10 in the world.

Greece’s Theodora Drakou (28.08), The Netherlands’ Maaike De Waard (28.11), Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (28.32), Finland’s Mimosa Jallow (28.34) and Turkey’s Ekaterina Avramova (28.49) also earned their way into the championship heet.


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Men’s 200 back

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys led the way in the men’s 200-meter back semis at the 2016 European Championships.

Rapsys checked in with a 1:57.35 for the top seed, while Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki posted a second-seeded 1:57.39.

Greece’s Apostolos Christou (1:57.41) and Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin (1:57.95) checked in under 1:58 as well to round out the top four.

Italy’s Christopher Ciccarese (1:58.50), Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich (1:58.55), Hungary’s Gabor Balog (1:59.04) and Italy’s Luca Mencarini (1:59.05) qualified fifth through eighth in the finale.


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Men’s 50 breast

After a lengthy delay due to a timing malfunction, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty was announced as the top swimmer in the men’s 50-meter breast semis at the 2016 European Championships.

Peaty, the world-record holder with a 26.42, blasted semis with a 26.66.  That’s tied for the fifth-best time ever.  Peaty (26.42), Peaty (26.51), Peaty (26.62), Cameron van der Burgh (26.62), van der Burgh (26.66) are the others in the mix.

Peaty easily cleared his top-ranked season best of 26.93 from earlier this meet, while teammate Ross Murdoch took second in 27.25 for fourth in the world.

Slovenia’s Peter John Stevens (27.29), Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic (27.46), Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (27.48), Italy’s Andrea Toniato (27.53), Serbia’s Caba Siladji (27.56) and Sweden’s Johannes Skagius (27.64) also made the finale.


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2016 European Championships: Day 5 Finals – Results


  • Men’s 800 free finals
  • Women’s 200 free semis
  • Men’s 100 fly semis
  • Women’s 200 breast finals
  • Men’s 100 free finals
  • Women’s 50 back semis
  • Men’s 200 back semis
  • Women’s 100 fly finals
  • Men’s 50 breast semis
  • Mixed 400 free relay finals