Simona Quadarella Completes Distance Sweep with 400 Free Title

Quadarella Simona ITA Gold Medal 1500m Freestyle Women Glasgow 07/08/2018 Swimming Tollcross International Swimming Centre LEN European Aquatics Championships 2018 European Championships 2018 Photo Andrea Staccioli/ Deepbluemedia /Insidefoto
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In the final individual event of the European Championships, Italy’s Simona Quadarella picked up her third gold medal of the week, winning a battle with Hungary’s Ajna Kesely in the women’s 400 free. Already with titles in the 800 and 1500 free, Quadarella won the 400 in 4:03.35, giving her the fifth-fastest time in the world this year.

Kesely finished second in 4:03.57, taking more than two seconds off her own European record of 4:05.61. Bronze went to Great Britain’s Holly Hibbott in 4:05.01, and those two moved behind Quadarella into sixth and seventh in the world rankings, respectively.

Russia’s Anna Egorova finished one second out of the medals in fourth, with a time of 4:06.03. Also in the final were Germany’s Sarah Koehler (4:07.68), Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler (4:11.42), Portugal’s Diana Margarida Duraes (4:12.41) and Great Britain’s Eleanor Faulkner (4:15.26).