European Championships, Day 4 Heats: Malyutin, Chikunova & Dawson Through; Mixed Morning For Milak

2021 European Championships
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Kristof Milak, fresh from his 200 fly gold which he delivered in the second-fastest time in  history, returned to the Duna Arena to book his spot in the 200 free semis although he missed out in the 50 fly at the European Championships in Budapest.

Martin Malyutin heads the 200 as he looks to add to his 400 free title with Evgeniia Chikunova, Szebasztian Szabo, Kathleen Dawson and Simona Quadarella all leading the way in their respective heats.

Great Britain – featuring a breaststroke leg of 57.43 by Adam Peaty – booked lane four in tonight’s 4×100 mixed medley relay.

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Men’s 200 Free

Martin Malyutin, fresh from winning gold with Russia’s 4×200 free squad, headed the heats in 1:46.30.

Next through was Danas Rapsys who’ll be wishing for a better outcome than his last major long-course outing at the 2019 worlds where he was disqualified after placing first with Sun Yang promoted to gold.

Malyutin and Duncan Scott were bumped up one place to joint third whereupon the Briton refused to share the podium with the Chinese.

Rapsys went 1:46.85 ahead of Britain’s Tom Dean (1:46.88) with Milak progressing in 1:47.27 and defending champion Scott safely through in ninth.


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Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Russian champion Chikunova led the way in 2:23.92, the 16-year-old the only woman inside 2:24.

Abbie Wood of Britain was next through in 2:24.16 with Lisa Mamie 0.2 off her Swiss record in 2:24.47.

Molly Renshaw, bronze medallist in Glasgow, made it two Britons in the top four, with defending champion Yulia Efimova next in 2:24.75, one place and 0.2 ahead of Russian team-mate Maria Temnikova.

Temnikova secured the second spot ahead of Efimova over 200 on the team for Tokyo but with the two-per-nation rule at the Europeans, she won’t progress in Budapest.

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Men’s 50 Fly

Szabo of Hungary led the way in 23.03, the national record-holder 0.29 ahead of Andrei Zhilkin in 23.32.

Italian Thomas Ceccon and Dutch record holder Nyls Korstanje both clocked 23.39 with Andrei Minakov and defending champion and world record-holder Andrei Govorov also safely through.

Milak though was joint 21st in 23.67, 0.17 outside the time of 23.50 in which he won silver behind Szabo at the Hungarian Nationals in March and one that would have seen him through in 11th.

Florent Manaudou, the former world and European champion, progressed in 14th.


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Women’s 100 Back

Kira Toussaint and Dawson renewed acquaintance the morning after the 50 back in which the Netherlands swimmer took gold.

The Briton, the third-fastest European all-time, reversed the positions in the heats in 59.32 to Toussaint’s 59.57.

Maria Kameneva (59.74) and Margherita Panziera (59.94) were next with defending champion Anastasia Fesikova (1:00.44) also progressing.

Mimosa Jallow won a swim-off with Africa Zamorano to take the 16th spot.


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Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay

Peaty propelled Britain way inside European record pace after the breaststroke although that eventually lived to fight another day – or for eight more hours at least.

The quartet of Joe Litchfield – who missed the individual 100 back Olympic consideration time by 0.07 – Peaty, Harriet Jones and Anna Hopkin booked lane four for Thursday’s final in 3:43.18.

Italy (3:44.09) and Russia (3:45.09) were next through with a freestyle leg of 52.85 by Femke Heemskerk anchoring the Netherlands to fourth in 3:45.26.

Locked out by one place was Belarus meaning no Ilya Shymanovich, the third-fastest man over 100 breaststroke in history.

Depending on selection, Peaty – who won the individual title for a record fourth time – will dive in on the breaststroke leg with silver medallist Arno Kamminga and Italian record-holder and fourth-fastest all-time Nicolo Martinenghi.

Also through were France, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

Women’s 1500 Free

Defending champion Quadarella is the clear favourite to add the title to her 800 gold, the Italian dominant in 16:05.60.

Viktoria Mihalyvari – who claimed joint silver with Aimee Willmott in the 400IM – was second through in 16:14.12 ahead of Tamila Hryhorivna Holub of Portugal in 16:15.50.

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