David Verraszto Holds Off Max Litchfield for 400 IM European Title

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

Hungary’s David Verraszto won his third-straight European title in the men’s 400 IM, but he had to work hard to overcome Max Litchfield’s early advantage and then hold off a strong charge by the Brit on the last 50.

Verraszto put up a time of 4:10.65, followed by Litchfield in 4:11.00, good for fourth and sixth in the world this year, respectively. Spain’s Joan Lluis Pons Ramon took bronze in 4:14.26.

Just missing the podium were Germany’s Johannes Hintze (4:14.73) and Azerbaijan’s Maksym Shemberev (4:14.77), and they were followed by Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann (4:16.29), Russia’s Maxim Stupin (4:18.41) and Portugal’s Alexandre Joao Vital (4:19.79).

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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