Hansson Sisters Make It A Family Affair Atop The Podium At Euro Meet; Victories For Le Clos, Wiffen & Proud

Sophie Hansson European Championships 2021
Sophie Hansson: Photo Courtesy: Deepbluemedia/InsidefotoDeepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Sophie Hansson set a meet record of 30.69 in the 50 breaststroke as sister Louise‘s 100 fly victory made it three from three at the Euro Meet in Luxembourg.

Sophie Hansson sliced 0.01 from Carraro’s meet mark of 30.70 which had stood since 2019 with the Italian second  in 31.27.

The pair returned to contest the 200 breast with Carraro making up 0.70secs at the 150 to overhaul the Swede and win in 2:26.67 to 2:26.82.

Older sister Louise then took to the water in the 100 fly in which she won the European title in Rome last year and split 26.79/30.46 for a clear victory in 57.25 ahead of Giula D’Innocenzo (59.05) and Eva Okaro (1:00.97).

That followed her victories in the 50 fly and 100 back on Friday.

Chad Le Clos of South Africa celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 100m Butterfly Men Final during the FINA Swimming Short Course World Championships at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia, December 18th, 2022. Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Chad Le Clos: Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Chad Le Clos went 52.06 (24.56/27.50) to win the men’s 100 fly ahead of Coleman Stewart (53.16) – who had earlier won the 50 back in 25.44 – and Denys Kesil (53.33).

The move to Frankfurt to work with Dirk Lange in October 2022 is clearly paying off for the South African who had experienced some dark, turbulent times and was – he told Swimming World – swimming like “a desperate man”.

He only swam swifter than 52.06 on four occasions in 2022 and given it’s only January, it augurs well for Le Clos.

Ben Proud added the 50 free to his 50 fly victory in 22.01 with Silvia di Pietro taking the women’s title in 25.18.

Wiffen Wins 800 As Ceccon Takes The 200 Free

Wiffen was second behind Mykhailo Romanchuk in the 1500 on Friday when the Ukrainian pulled away on the final 100 following a ding-dong battle between the two.

Daniel Wiffen

Daniel Wiffen: Photo Courtesy: Swim Ireland

Saturday was a different state of affairs though with the Irishman stating his intent from the off, going out in 57.61 to lead by 0.36 after 100m.

Romanchuk came to within 0.07 at halfway only for Wiffen to reassert his lead with splits of 59.64/59.05/58.56 before coming home in 57.55 to stop the clock at 7:53.14.

Mahmoud Ahmed made up a deficit of 0.37 at 700 to come past Romanchuk by 0.04 in 7:57.52 to 7:52.56.

Thomas Ceccon – the 100 back world record holder – led from start to finish to claim a dominant win in the 200 free in 1:46.52, a personal best for the Italian while Paige Madden won the women’s race in 2:00.29.

Yu Hanaguruma won the men’s 200br in 2:11.41, Nina Kost took the women’s 50 back in 29.03 while Federico Poggio won the men’s 50br in 27.30.

Paula Otero Fernandez led the way in the women’s 1500 free in 16:32.68


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