Simona Quadarella Completes Distance Sweep with 400 Free Title

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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).

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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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