European Championships, Day 1 Semis: Adam Peaty Inside 58 For 16th Time In 57.67

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Adam Peaty: Picture Courtesy: Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto

Adam Peaty went inside the 58-second barrier for the 16th time in 57.67 at the European Championships in Budapest.

That followed Kliment Kolesnikov‘s world record of 23.93 in the 50 back of which more here.

Arno Kamminga is the only other man to have ever gone inside 58 but the Olympic champion’s time – the 10th-fastest in history – was not even his season’s best which came at the British Olympic trials last month in 57.39.

Neither is it a championship record given he went 57.10 at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.

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Women’s 50 Free


Pernille Blume; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Sarah Sjostrom’s absence as she makes her way back following elbow surgery means there will be a new champion.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo led the way in the heats in 24.24 but Olympic champion Pernille Blume sped to 24.06 to book lane four in the final.

Kromowidjojo (24.14) and Katarzyna Wasick set a Polish record of 24.34 to go through in third.



Blume: 24.06

Kromowidjojo: 24.14

Wasick: 24.34

Kameneva: 24.40

Heemskerk: 24.41

Coleman: 24.54

Hopkin: 24.66

Seemanova: 24.69

Men’s 50 Back

Kliment Kolesnikov (photo: Mike Lewis)

Kliment Kolesnikov: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS

Kolesnikov commanded both race and spotlight with his world record that saw clear water between him and Apostolos Christou who was next home in 24.49, a new Greek record.

The finest of margins were on display with Marek Ulrich missing out by 0.01 in ninth.


Kolesnikov: 23.93 WR

Christou: 24.49

Glinta: 24.57

Gonzalez De Oliveira: 24.60

Tarasevich: 24.68

Ferguson: 24.81

Sabbioni: 25.02

= Staselovich: 25.02

Women’s 100 Fly

Louise Hansson

Louise Hansson: Photo Courtesy: MIKE LEWIS / ISL

Louise Hansson headed the prelims in 57.06 and dominated the semis in 56.73, the Swede splitting 26.54/30.19 as the only woman to go inside 57.

Marie Wattel of France (57.48) and Svetlana Chimrova (57.62) were next swiftest with Anna Ntountounaki matching the Greek record of 57.77 she set at the 2018 Europeans.





Hansson: 56.73

Wattel: 57.48

Chimrova: 57.62

Ntountounaki: 57.77

= Surkova: 57.77

Di Liddo: 57.88

Shkurdai: 57.92

Bianchi: 58.06

Men’s 100 Breaststroke


Adam Peaty: Photo Courtesy: Arena

Peaty headed the heats in 58.26, a time only he and Kamminga have bettered with Ilya Shymanovich second in 58.46, the time in which Cameron van der Burgh had won 2012 Olympic gold.

Kamminga won the first semi in 58.74 – splitting 27.55/31.19 – and nodded and smiled on looking at the scoreboard, plan executed for the Netherlands swimmer.

Next up was Peaty who went out in 26.72 with Nicolo Martinenghi for company at the turn, the Italian record holder turning in 26.94.

The Briton accelerated and a second 50 of 30.95 saw him stop the clock at 57.67 with Martinenghi on 58.45.

Russian pair Kirill Prigoda and Anton Chupkov were the men to miss out in ninth and 10th.

Peaty said:

“That was really good. Technically I swam the race exactly how I needed to, but it’s all about looking at the data now for tomorrow, and seeing how we can get better.

“I enjoyed that more than I enjoy racing normally, so that’s always a good sign.”


Peaty: 57.67

Martinenghi: 58.45

Kamminga: 58.74

Wilby: 58.80

Pinzuti: 59.20

Oegretir: 59.23

=Shymanovich: 59.23

Sidlauskas: 59.30


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