Margherita Panziera Breaks Krisztina Egerszegi’s Euro Champs Record in 200 Back

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Italy’s Margherita Panziera took the race out hard and did not let anyone close the gap down the stretch, and that paid off with a European title in the women’s 200 back. Panziera touched in 2:06.18, breaking the championship record of 2:06.62 set by Krisztina Egerszegi all the way back in 1991 — a full four years before Panziera was born.

The Italian, three dyas shy of her 23rd birthday, won by almost a second as Russia’s Daria Ustinova took the silver in 2:07.12. Hungary’s Katalin Burian picked up bronze with her time of 2:07.43.

Germany’s Lisa Graf finished a comfortable fourth in 2:08.58, and well back was the rest of the pack: Russia’s Anastasiia Avdeeva (2:10.03), Germany’s Jenny Mensing (2:10.77), Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (2:10.89) and Spain’s Africa Zamorano Sanz (2:11.55).

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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