European Championships, Day 5 Semis: Greenbank Drops 1:54 200 Back Again; Gorbenko Leads Hosszu in 200 IM

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European Championships, Day 5 Semis: Greenbank Drops 1:54 200 Back Again; Gorbenko Leads Hosszu in 200 IM

Luke Greenbank set his second British 200 back record of the day when he went 1:54.43 in the semi finals as he leads the qualifiers in tomorrow’s final while France’s Marie Wattel and Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko lead the women’s 100 free and 200 IM respectively.

Men’s 200 Back

Greenbank set a British record of 1:54.67 in the heats, obliterating his previous mark of 1:55.34 from Manchester in March.

Two-time world champion Evgeny Rylov  had a body length lead in the first semi and was less than a second outside his European record at halfway before coming home in 1:55.11.

Greenbank went in the second semi and lowered his own British record again, swimming a 1:54.43 to now sit as the second fastest man behind Rylov in the world this year, as well as 11th all-time globally. Greenbank, who trains for Mel Marshall, is having a stellar meet this week in Budapest and will go toe to toe with the two-time reigning Olympic champ Rylov in tomorrow’s final. Greenbank is just one of many British swimmers that have been doing well in Hungary’s capital as he is in line to win his first continental title individually.

Great Britain hasn’t won a men’s backstroke title at the European Championships since Chris Walker-Hebborn‘s gold in the 100 in 2014.

Hungary’s Adam Telegdy (1:56.17) and Switzerland’s Roman Mityukov (1:56.37), who is also swimming very well this week improving on lifetime bests, will flank Greenbank and Rylov in tomorrow’s final.

France’s Yohann Ndoye Brouard, who won bronze in the 100, is seeded sixth at 1:57.06 behind countryman Antoine Herlem (1:56.63) while Poland’s Jakub Skierka (1:57.08) and three-time continental champ Radoslaw Kawecki (1:57.10) will occupy the outside lanes.

1
GBR
GREENBANK Luke 1:54.43 Q
2
 RUS
RYLOV Evgeny 1:55.11 Q
3
 HUN
TELEGDY Adam 1:56.17 Q
4
 SUI
MITYUKOV Roman 1:56.37 Q
5
 FRA
HERLEM Antoine 1:56.63 q
6
 FRA
NDOYE BROUARD Yohann 1:57.06 q
7
 POL
SKIERKA Jakub 1:57.08 q
8
 POL
KAWECKI Radoslaw 1:57.10 q
9
 CZE
CEJKA Jan 1:57.43 R1
10
 RUS
TARASEVICH Grigory 1:57.68 R2
11
 POR
ROGERIO SANTOS Francisco 1:58.03
12
 ITA
MORA Lorenzo 1:58.13
13
 HUN
KOVACS Benedek 1:58.20
14
 POR
NOGUEIRA COSTA Joao 1:58.72
15
 ESP
MARTOS BACARIZO Manuel 1:59.38
16
 GBR
WILLIAMS Brodie 2:02.52

Women’s 100 Free

In a race that has become wide open due to the ongoing injury recovery from Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, France’s Marie Wattel swam a 53.34 in the semi-finals to lead an intriguing cast of characters in tomorrow night’s 100 free final. Wattel, who tied for gold in the 100 butterfly earlier in the meet, is ahead of the Dutch duo of Femke Heemskerk (53.49) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.59).

Heemskerk split a 51.99 earlier in the meet in the 4×100 free relay while Kromowidjojo won European championships gold in the 50 free. Heemskerk and Kromowidjojo have traded silvers at the last three European Championships in the 100 freestyle.

200 free champ Barbora Seemanova is seeded fourth for the Czech Republic at 53.68 ahead of Denmark’s Signe Bro (53.70) and British duo Anna Hopkin (53.74) and Freya Anderson (53.93). Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (54.12) will also be in tomorrow night’s final as Sweden has won the last four straight 100 free European titles all thanks to Sjostrom. Coleman did win bronze in 2014.

1
 
FRA WATTEL Marie 53.34 Q
2
 NED
HEEMSKERK Femke 53.49 Q
3
 NED
KROMOWIDJOJO Ranomi 53.59 Q
4
 CZE
SEEMANOVA Barbora 53.68 q
5
 DEN
BRO Signe 53.70 q
6
 GBR
HOPKIN Anna 53.74 Q
7
 GBR
ANDERSON Freya 53.93 q
8
 SWE
COLEMAN Michelle 54.12 q
9
 ISR
MUREZ Andrea 54.18 R1
10
 SLO
KLANCAR Neza 54.47 R?
10
 POL
WASICK Katarzyna 54.47 R?
12
 ESP
MUNOZ DEL CAMPO Lidon 54.76
13
 RUS
SURKOVA Arina 54.86
14
 ITA
DI PIETRO Silvia 54.87
15
 HUN
GYURINOVICS Fanni 55.04
16
 FIN
TEIJONSALO Fanny 55.11

Men’s 50 Breast

Peaty had swum the 10th-fastest time in the heats, a long glide into the wall seeing him touch in 26.34, and he followed that up with a 26.38 in the semi-finals. The 50 is not an Olympic event, but Peaty will still be gunning for a fast time in the final with Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich (26.47) and Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi (26.49) in second and third respectively.

100 finalists Arno Kamminga (27.13) of the Netherlands and Kirill Prigoda (27.16) of Russia will also be in tomorrow night’s European Championships final in sixth and eighth respectively.

A fourth straight European title for Peaty in the 50 breast tomorrow night would tie him with Oleg Lisogor as the only man to win four straight 50 breast European titles.

1
GBR PEATY Adam 26.38 Q
2
 BLR
SHYMANOVICH Ilya 26.47 Q
3
 ITA
MARTINENGHI Nicolo’ 26.49 Q
4
 POL
KOZAKIEWICZ Jan 27.09 Q
5
 ITA
PINZUTI Alessandro 27.11 q
6
 NED
KAMMINGA Arno 27.13 q
7
 GER
MATZERATH Lucas 27.14 q
8
 RUS
PRIGODA Kirill 27.16 q
9
 GER
IMOUDU Melvin 27.20 R1
10
 RUS
SEMYANINOV Danil 27.32 R2
11
 SWE
SKAGIUS Johannes 27.33
12
 SRB
SILADJI Caba 27.34
13
 GBR
WILBY James 27.36
14
 AUT
REITSHAMMER Bernhard 27.44
15
 HUN
GAL Oliver 27.79
16
 AUT
ROTHBAUER Christopher 27.80

Women’s 200 IM

In what will be a very intriguing race tomorrow night, Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko will occupy lane four in the final of the 200 IM after a 2:10.35 swim in the semi-finals. She is seeded ahead of five-time reigning European champ Katinka Hosszu of Hungary (2:10.66) who has already won the 400IM and taken siler in the 200 fly.

Hosszu may have her hands full in tomorrow night’s final with Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato (2:10.72), Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova (2:10.76) and Great Britain’s Abbie Wood (2:10.81) all breaking 2:11 in the semi-finals. Cusinato and Ugolkova won silver and bronze respectively last time at the European Championships in Glasgow and could have a chance to break Hosszu’s stranglehold on this race in tomorrow’s final in the very pool she trains in daily.

Italy’s Sara Franceschi (2:11.41), France’s Cyrielle Duhamel (2:12.12) and Hungary’s Dalma Sebestyen (2:12.34) each got under the FINA A standard of 2:12.56 to advance to the championship final.

1
ISR GORBENKO Anastasia 2:10.35 Q
2
 HUN
HOSSZU Katinka 2:10.66 Q
3
 ITA
CUSINATO Ilaria 2:10.72 Q
4
 SUI
UGOLKOVA Maria 2:10.76 q
5
 GBR
WOOD Abbie 2:10.81 q
6
 ITA
FRANCESCHI Sara 2:11.41 q
7
 FRA
DUHAMEL Cyrielle 2:12.12 Q
8
 HUN
SEBESTYEN Dalma 2:12.34 q
9
 BUL
PETKOVA Diana 2:12.38 R1
10
 GBR
WILLMOTT Aimee 2:12.42 R2
11
 TUR
GUNES Viktoria Zeynep 2:12.79
12
 ESP
ZAMORANO SANZ Africa 2:12.80
13
 GER
DEMLER Kathrin 2:13.49
14
 GER
VOGELMANN Zoe 2:14.39
15
 RUS
TEMNIKOVA Maria 2:14.84
16
 ESP
CORRO LORENTE Catalina 2:16.04

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2 comments

  1. avatar
    Amir Liberman

    Katinka didn’t win the 200 fly. She came in second.

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