Germany Takes Down Russia to Win Inaugural Mixed 4×200 Free Relay

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The mixed 4×200 free relay made its debut at the European Championships, and Germany out-dueled Russia to take the gold medal. The team of Jacob Heidtmann (1:46.52), Henning Muehlleitner (1:47.32), Reva Foos (1:58.25) and Annika Bruhn (1:56.34) combined for a time of 7:28.43. Bruhn swam away from Russian anchor Viktoriia Andreeva after leading by just two-hundredths with 50 meters to go.

Russia’s Mikhail VekovishchevMikhail DovgalyukValeriia Salamatina and Andreeva took silver in 7:29.37, and Great Britain’s Stephen MilneCraig McLeanKathryn Greenslade and Freya Anderson won bronze in 7:29.72. Anderson anchored in 1:55.80 to secure the medal for her country.

Hungary took fourth in 7:31.19, ahead of Italy in 7:32.73. Federica Pellegrini split 1:56.76 on the third leg for Italy. Also in the final were the Netherlands (7:32.39), Israel (7:40.07) and Slovakia (8:03.50).