Simona Quadarella Dominates Women’s 1500 for European Distance Double

Simona QUADARELLA ITA Copenhagen 11-12-2017 Royal Arena LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships - Campionati Europei nuoto vasca corta Foto Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto / Deepbluemedia
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Italy’s Simona Quadarella, already European champion in the 800 free, posted a dominant win in the women’s 1500 free to open the fifth session of finals in Glasgow. Quadarella dealt with an early challenge from Germany’s Sarah Koehler and pulled away to win by more than six seconds.

Quadarella put up a time of 15:51.61, making her the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year behind Katie Ledecky and the eighth-fastest swimmer in history. Koehler was the only other swimmer to crack 16:00, finishing with the silver medal in a time of 15:57.85.

Hungary’s Ajna Kesely took bronze in 16:03.22. Fourth went to Slovenia’s Tjasa Oder in 16:10.46.

Also in the final were Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler (16:14.15), Spain’s Jimena Perez Blanco (16:16.41), Portugal’s Tamila Hryhorivna Holub (16:26.82) and Germany’s Celine Rieder (16:26.83).