Luke Greenbank Back On Song At Rotterdam Qualification Meet; Tom Dean Wins By 0.01

Luck Greenbank (photo: Mike Lewis)
Luke Greenbank: Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/ISL

Luke Greenbank Back On Song At Rotterdam Qualification Meet; Tom Dean Wins By 0.01

Luke Greenbank and Tom Dean were among the winners on the first day of the Rotterdam Qualification Meet.

Greenbank missed the World Championships in Fukuoka after failing to qualify at the British trials, a year after winning 200 back silver at the 2022 worlds in Budapest.

The Olympic medley relay silver medallist was ahead by the halfway stage in the 200 back and came home in 1:56.94, his quickest effort since winning bronze at the 2022 Europeans in Rome in 1:56.15.

Commonwealth champion Brodie Williams was second 0.80 adrift in 1:57.74 with Cameron Brooker completing a British clean sweep of the podium in 1:58.57.

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Kylie Masse: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Masini / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Olympic silver medallist Kylie Masse won the women’s equivalent in 2:09.79 ahead of Honey Osrin (2:10.19) and E. Tonrath Nollagen (2:13.69).

Olympic champion Tom Dean claimed the tightest of victories in the 200 free.

The Briton held a 0.55 lead over his closest challenger at halfway which was then whittled down to 0.14 at the 150 by Cesar Castro.

The Spaniard closed with every stroke but Dean got the touch in 1:47.50, just 0.01 ahead of Castro (1:47.51) with Saso Baskan third in 1:47.62 as 0.12 separated the first three men home.

Barbora Seemanova led throughout to claim the women’s title, the 2021 European champion extending her lead on the final 50 to stop the clock at 1:55.59.

Marrit Steenbergen – the 2022 European title-holder – was second in 1:56.19 with Valentine Dumont overcoming a 0.53 deficit behind Freya Anderson at the final turn to take third in 1:58.45.

Ondřej Gemov dominated the men’s 200 fly in 1:57.40 ahead of Spanish duo Arbidel Gonzalez Alvarez (1:59.02) and  Miguel Martínez Novoa (1:59.27).

Alina Baievych won the women’s race in 2:11.56 with Laura Cabanes Garzás second in 2:13.09 as Dumont picked up her second bronze of the evening in 2:13.21.

Caspar Corbeau – training partner of double Olympic silver medallist Arno Kamminga – won the 50 breaststroke in 27.01, 0.03 ahead of Netherlands teammate Koen de Groot (27.04) with German Lucas Matzerath third in 27.26.

Imogen Clark of Britain won the women’s one-length race in 30.30 with Angharad Evans (30.65) and Nayara Pineda Lopez (31.49) taking silver and bronze.


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