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2017 European Short Course Championships: Day 4 Finals

Katinka Hosszu was the first to the wall, taking the top time of 26.26 into the final.

Julie Kepp Jensen is in medal position now with her 26.52 from the semis. After the Danish women put Emilie Beckmann into the 50 fly A final and produced a silver medal, they’ll look to Jensen to do something similar.

Russia’s Maria Kameneva was third with a 26.56.

MEN’S 50 FLY SEMIFINALS

TOP 8:

Ben Proud 22.18
Aleksandr Popkov 22.27
Sebastian Sabo 22.46
Andriy Govorov 22.50
Umitcan Gures 22.65
Pavel Sankovich 22.70
Yauhen Tsurkin 22.71
Michal Chudy 22.80

Briton Ben Proud was the quickest competitor in the men’s 50 fly semifinals, just under a tenth ahead of Russian Aleksandr Popkov (22.27).

Sebastian Sabo was 22.46 for third in the semis.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Ruta Meilutyte 1:03.79
Jenna Laukkanen 1:04.25
Jessica Vall 1:04.80

Ruta Meilutyte shot out to a sizable lead, turning at 29.57 at the 50 meter mark. She held on the rest of the way, securing the gold medal with a time of 1:03.79. This is her second gold medal of the meet, as she’s already won the 50 breast earlier.

Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen posted a 1:04.25 to claim silver, while Spain’s Jessica Vall was 1:04.80 for the bronze. The medallists were the only sub-1:05 competitors tonight.

MEN’S 100 FREE SEMIFINALS

TOP 8:

Luca Dotto 46.82
Pieter Timmers 46.84
Duncan Scott 46.92
Dominik Kozma 46.98
Konrad Czerniak 46.99
Nandor Nemeth 47.06
Simonas Bilis 47.11
Mikhail Vekovishchev 47.27

Duncan Scott used a stellar back half to take the first semifinal heat in 46.92. He was out in 22.73 but came home in a 24.19 to come back on the field and hit the wall first. Konrad Czerniak was quick in the first semifinal, too, with a time of 46.99.

The second semifinal proved to be the faster one, though, as Luca Dotto (46.82) and Pieter Timmers (46.84) went 1-2 to take the top times heading into the final. Dominik Kozma was also under 47, registering a 46.98. His teenage teammate Nandor Nemeth will also swim in the final after going 47.06 in the semis.

WOMEN’S 200 IM FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Katinka Hosszu 2:04.43
Evelyn Verraszto 2:08.09
Ilaria Cusinato 2:08.19

Katinka Hosszu charged to the win here, posting a time of 2:04.43. That’s well off of her 2:01.86 World Record, but it was more than enough to secure the gold medal, a solid three and a half plus seconds ahead of silver. The Hungarians would get the 1-2 sweep, with Evelyn Verraszto going 2:08.09.

Italian Ilaria Cusinato was 2:08.19 for bronze, holding off Swiss IM’er Maria Ugolkova (2:08.40), while France’s Fantine Lesaffre was also under 2:09 (2:08.83).

MEN’S 100 IM SEMIFINALS

TOP 8:

Sergei Fesikov 51.45
Marco Orsi 52.10
Kyle Stolk 52.28
Michal Chudy 52.53
Bernhard Reitshammer 52.56
Simone Geni 52.74
Emmanuel Vanluchene 52.78
Takov Tan Toumarkin 52.80

Marco Orsi was first at the 50 mark and he didn’t let up in the first semifinal, cruising to a time of 52.10 for the first heat win.

Russia’s Sergei Fesikov really impressed, though, in heat 2. He flew out to a huge lead with a 22.75 front half, and brought it back well to finish at 51.45, almost seven tenths faster than Orsi’s time from minutes earlier. Dutchman Kyle Stolk was 52.28 to clock the third fastest time going into the final.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Charlotte Bonnet, 1:52.19
Femke Heemskerk, 1:53.41
Veronika Andrusenko, 1:53.75

This one was all France’s Charlotte Bonnet. She was out fast, and won this race without much contest from the rest of Europe’s best. Bonnet was 1:52.19, over a full second ahead of silver medallist Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands (1:53.41).

Though Michelle Coleman was in third at the 150 mark, Russia’s Veronika Andrusenko overtook her in the final 50, grabbing the bronze in 1:53.75. Coleman would fall to fourth (1:54.27).

MEN’S 100 BREAST FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Adam Peaty 55.94
Fabio Scozzoli 56.15
Kirill Prigoda 56.28

It’s been these three men all weekend in the breaststroke, but this time, Adam Peaty shut the other two down to win the 100 breast gold medal. Peaty’s time of 55.94 is a new meet record as well as a European record. He was out just several hundredths ahead of the field, and held on for the victory tonight.

Fabio Scozzoli and Kirill Prigoda both had great swims, too. Scozzoli was 56.15 for silver, and Prigoda 56.28 for bronze.

Nicolo Martinenghi was 57.27, a ways off of the podium, but was fast enough to crack his own World Junior record.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY SEMIFINALS

TOP 8:

Sarah Sjöström 55.56
Emilie Beckmann 56.51
Marie Wattell 56.67
Ilaria Bianchi 56.70
Aliena Schmidtke 56.76
Ranomi Kromowidjojo 57.05
Louise Hansson 57.10
Elinore de Jong 57.14

Sarah Sjöström took the top time in semis by almost a full second, going 55.56 to coast into finals.

The Danish women continue to impress in their home pool. Emilie Beckmann swam well in the first semifinal, winning it in 56.51 over France’s Marie Wattel (56.67) and Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi (56.70).

Another Swede, Louise Hansson, was 57.10 to make it into the final. Two Dutchwomen are in, too, as Ranomi Kromowidjojo (57.05) and Elinore de Jong (57.14) qualified 6th and 8th, respectively.

MEN’S 50 FLY FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Aleksandr Popkov 22.42
Andriy Govorov 22.43
Sebastian Sabo/Ben Proud 22.44

This was just about the closest race as possible. Russia’s Aleksandr Popkov won gold in 22.42, with silver just a hundredth behind him, a 22.43 from Andriy Govorov of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, just another hundredth behind THAT, Sebastian Sabo and Ben Proud tied for bronze with twin 22.44’s.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Katinka Hosszu 25.95
Alicja Tchorz 26.09
Maaike de Waard 26.40

Katinka Hosszu picked up her second win of the night, edging out Poland’s Alicja Tchorz for gold in the 50 back. Hosszu was 25.95 to Tchorz’ 26.09.

Dutchwoman Maaike de Waard found her way to the podium with a 26.40, just able to beat out Danish teenager Julie Kepp Jensen, who was fourth in 26.42.

MIXED 4X50 FREE RELAY FINAL

MEDALLISTS:

Netherlands 1:28.39
Russia 1:28.53
Italy 1:29.38

Both the Netherlands and Russia were under the World Record, as the Dutch sprinters secured the gold with a 1:28.39 over Russia’s 1:28.53.

Russia and Italy got out to the lead with their male sprinters, but there was no match for Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk on the end, as the Dutch finished on top.