Double for Hosszu, Kromowidjojo and the Germans
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) clinched two titles in an hour, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) earned an individual and a relay gold while the Germans claimed two wins in ten minutes on Day 3 at the European Short-Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen. Russia also claimed two victories to stay atop on the medal table. Sarah Sjostrom, the best female swimmer of this year, is yet to find her way to the top of the podium as she collected three silvers today in the Royal Arena.
A star-studded final welcomed the almost capacity crowd of 5,000 fans: the women’s 100m free lined up Europe’s sprinter queens. It was an amazing race which saw the 2012 Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo just out-touching the new world record holder (both long- and short-course) Sarah Sjostrom by 0.08sec, while the hosts’ darling, the 2016 Olympic champion Pernille Blume came third.
Interestingly and perhaps not accidentally these final rankings were copied in the session-ending 4x50m free relay: the Dutch won, the Swedes finished runner-up – Sjostrom delivered an amazing 22.94 leg swimming second – and the hosts delighted the fans once more by claiming another bronze.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu marched on, this time she captured back-to-back titles in an hour. First, she withstood the pressure coming from Ukraine’s Daryna Zevine in the 200m back, then passed Sjostrom over the breaststroke leg in the 100m free, leaving her arch-rival to get a third silver. Hosszu stands with a perfect ratio so far (4/4) and the last one was her 50th gold medal at major meets (Olympics, World and European Champs).
German swimmers further cemented their nation’s top ranking on the all-time medal haul: Philipp Heintz did a clean job in the 200m IM and Franziska Hentke repeated that in the 200m fly, thus securing two victories in a span of ten minutes.
In the current medal ranks Russia stayed atop as 17 year-old Kliment Kolesnikov showed his class and won the 100m back with another junior world record though he was just 0.07sec away from bringing down the senior global mark of USA’s Matt Grevers. Later Vlad Morozov added another victory with a superfast swim in the 50m free.
The Italians enjoyed a fine day as they amassed five medals though none of them were gold. The top contender, title- and world record-holder Gregorio Paltrinieri came up a bit short in the 1500m free as Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk left him behind after 600m and never looked back.
The Norwegian camp was all smiles this evening after three bronze medals in one day and Greece and Romania also joined the medal-winning nations – their number stands at 17 already, with two days to go.
Women’s 100m freestyle
Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands, 50.95 CR
“I did not see Sarah so I had to concentrate on my own race. I had to look at the scoreboard to learn that I won.
Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 51.03
“I’m not satisfied at all. I know that I can swim under 51sec, it’s in my body, today I just couldn’t put it out. I didn’t see Ranomi during the race but it doesn’t change the fact that it was a bad race from me. However, life goes on, it’s a silver medal.”
Pernille Blume, Denmark, 51.63
“Because of the audience I felt I was like flying on the water. It was a great swim and I’m satisfied with the medal. It was a pleasure to compete here.”
Women’s 200m backstroke
Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 2:01.59
“This time is not that good but at least I clinched the gold medal and this is what counts now.”
Daryna Zevina, Ukraine, 2:02.27
“It was a very hard final but it’s always nice to race against Katinka. Nevertheless I’m still hoping I can beat her some time in the very near future.”
Margherita Panziera, Italy, 2:02.43
“Oh, I’m really happy, it’s just amazing, it’s an Italian record! I clocked my best time two weeks ago and I never thought I could better it here. I’ve just done that, got a medal, I cannot be any happier now!”
Women’s 200m butterfly
Franziska Hentke, Germany, 2:03.92
“I’m not too happy with the time and the race. It’s difficult as I’ve come out of a hard training camp but the most important thing is done: I won.”
Ilaria Bianchi, Italy, 2:04.22
“I’m really happy with this time, this is my best. I’ve improved two seconds. I don’t swim the 200m fly too often but I’m really happy so probably I’m going to do this event more in the future.”
Lara Grangeon, France, 2:04.31
“I was very lucky to swim in the lane next to Franziska Hentke. She helped me a lot to go beyond my boundaries. I’m done with these championships so Merry Christmas for everyone!”
Men’s 100m backstroke
Kliment Kolesnikov, Russia 48.99 WJ-EJ
“OK, I’m happy after all but I really wanted to beat the world record… I mean, there wasn’t any problem with the start, with the finish, only I felt a bit tired in the last fifty metres but that’s natural. Next time I’ll try to make it.”
Simone Sabbioni, Italy, 49.68
“I didn’t have any specific goal before the race. Just wanted to swim well and enjoy it. Achieving a medal is a great reward.”
Robert-Andrei Glinta, Romania, 49.99
“That was the perfect race for me. To be honest, I’ve expected to clock a time under 50sec but I haven’t expected that with that time would be enough for a medal. So I’m really happy!”
Women’s 100m IM
Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 56.97
“I’m really satisfied with the time, I felt the 200m back in my body. I wanted to swim a new record but it was almost impossible with half an hour after the previous final. The breaststroke leg was really good, I’ve managed to gain a decisive advantage there.”
Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 57.92
“It is my best race so far here in Copenhagen so I have to be satisfied and happy.”
Susann Bjoernsen, Norway, 59.26
“I’m really happy with this medal. I’m much more an evening swimmer, I love to swim in the finals, really much more than in the heats. I enjoyed this race very much I could put all those l
Men’s 1500m freestyle
Mykhaylo Romanchuk, Ukraine, 14:14.59
“The first 800m were very fast. Probably I feel much better than I did in Budapest because I won here.”
Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy, 14:22.93
“Since I’ve changed a lot of things, I went to train to Australia, the trainings are different and perhaps I haven’t been ready to race here.”
Henrik Christiansen, Norway, 14:25.66
“My tactic was to swim on my own speed at the beginning to reserve some stamina to the end. I did that very well, I’m really satisfied with my time but that’s not my personal best, only the third one. Still, it’s a great day for the Norwegians as this is our third bronze today and I’m super-proud of this.”
Men’s 50m freestyle
Vladimir Morozov, Russia, 20.31 CR
“I didn’t expect this great time, it was really-really fast, I’m really happy.”
Benjamin Proud, Great Britain, 20.66
“Oh man, that was a fast race! Morozov was swimming 20.3! I prefer long-course races but short-course sprinting at this level is very strong.”
Luca Dotto, Italy, 20.78
“This is great, I’ve clocked a personal best, got a medal. The colour doesn’t matter here, any medal is great in this race!”
Women’s 4x50m freestyle relay
Netherlands (Femke Heemskerk), 1:33.91 WR
“I’m so proud of our team because we welcomed two new young swimmers in the team.”
Sweden (Nathalie Lindborg), 1:35.92
“It was really good. This is a kind of lucky game but we are satisfied with the silver medal, of course.”
Denmark (Pernille Blume), 1:36.02
“I’m really happy to get another medal today, the crowd was great and I love to swim together with these girls!”