European Championships, Day 3 Semis: 200 IM WJR For Hubert Kos; Kolesnikov 16th In 100 Back

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European Championships, Day 3 Semis: 200 IM WJR For Hubert Kos; Kolesnikov 16th In 100 Back

Hubert Kos set a world junior 200IM record of 1:56.99 but there will be no defence of his 100 backstroke title for Kliment Kolesnikov after he limped in 16th minutes after winning the 100 free title at the European Championships in Budapest.

Kos’ team-mate Laszlo Cseh also reached the 200IM final at his record 10th European Championships with Federica Pellegrini, Arno Kamminga, Jeremy Desplanches and Boglarka Kapas among other qualifiers for Thursday’s finals.

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Men’s 100 Back

Kolesnikov had unleashed a 52.32 blast in the morning heats and it appeared that Camille Lacourt’s 2010 European record of 52.11 was in his sights.

However, he had less than 15 minutes between his 100 free title and returning to the Duna Arena pool where he flopped headfirst into the water before the race.

His time of 54.86 was the slowest in the field that was headed by Apostolos Christou in a Greek record of 52.77

Mewen Tomac (52.86) and Robert Glinta – who set a Romanian mark of 52.97 – were the other men inside 53.

Russian record holder and 2018 silver medallist Evgeny Rylov also progressed in 53.15.


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Women’s 200 Fly

Kapas booked a defence of her title in 2:07.25, the only woman inside 2:08, ahead of fellow Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who clocked 2:08.75.


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Men’s 200 Breaststroke

Kamminga had gone 2:07.39 in the heats the morning after winning silver over 100.

It was Erik Persson who booked lane four in a Swedish record of 2:07.85 with world record-holder Anton Chupkov of Russia the only other man to go sub-2:08 in 2:07.94.

Matti Mattson set a Finnish record of 2:08.26 ahead of Kamminga in 2:08.31.

James Wilby, silver medallist in Glasgow, and 2016 champion Ross Murdoch also progressed.

Locked out in ninth was Marco Koch, the 2015 world champion.


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Men’s 200IM

Hungary has a legend of the pool in the form of Cseh who is making a record 10th appearance at the European Championships.

At 35, he is the second-oldest man in the entire pool competition and made his European debut in Berlin in 2002, a year before Kos was born in March 2003.

Kos, now 18, split 24.74/53.90/1:28.95/1:56.99 to set the new global junior mark and slice 0.07 from the previous record of 1:57.06 set by China’s Qin Haiyang in the same pool in July 2017.

Alberto Razzetti (1:57.39) and defending champion Desplanches (1:57.42) were the next through with two Britons in the form of Duncan Scott and Max Litchfield.


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Women’s 200 Free

Pellegrini has had a career of astonishing longevity and will travel to Tokyo 17 years after her Games debut at Athens in 2004, where she won 200 silver.

The seven-time European champion progressed in third in 1:57.20 behind Barbora Seemanova (1:57.20) and defending champion Charlotte Bonnet (1:57.30).

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