Rylov sets ER, Hosszu writes history, double for Peaty, Romanchuk, Sjostrom
Another record-breaking day in the Tollcross Swimming Centre at the European Championships in Glasgow: Russia’s Evgeny Rylov brought down the European record of the 200m back. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) became the first female swimmer in 92 years to win the same event in 5 straight editions. Adam Peaty (GBR) in the breaststroke and Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) in freestyle made the 50-100m double, while Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk added the 800m free crown to his win in the 400m. Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) opened her campaign in the open water event by winning the 5km, while compatriot Celine van Duijn captured the Netherlands’ first ever individual diving title in Edinburgh.
Europe’s greatest stars had an outstanding day once more. Three among those who won back-to-back Olympic and world titles in Rio and Budapest continued dominating in Glasgow as well. As expected, GB’s Adam Peaty completed his usual double, though the world record in the 50m breast was out of reach for the British lion this time. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom made 3 out of 3 so far, besides winning her trademark 100m fly she made the classical sprinting double in the freestyle.
Katinka Hosszu left all her personal problems behind and despite the lack of the usual cruel trainings she was prepared enough to maintain her reign in the 200m IM. In fact, she never lost a single race at major meets in this event since September 2012 (she was barely beaten in the 400m IM), while at the Europeans this was her 5th straight victory since 2010. Thus she became the first female swimmer in 92 years who managed to win the same event 5 times in a row and joined compatriot Laszlo Cseh who had similar runs in the medley (200m: 2006-2014, 400m: 2004-2012).
Another European record fell, this time Evgeny Rylov (RUS) bettered his own mark by 0.25sec (1:53.36) as he earned a gold after his silver in the 100m. Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk didn’t leave too much chance to title-holder Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) in the 800m free, gaining more than two seconds on him.
France halted GB’s golden run in the relays, their mixed 4x100m free quartet earned a convincing win ahead of the Netherlands.
The Dutch enjoyed a great day in the other venues. Sharon van Rouwendaal claimed the first title on offer in Loch Lomond where some fine sunshine followed the grey morning clouds as the reigning Olympic champion touched the panel first in the 5km race. The men’s title was landed by Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky who earned his first ever medal, a gold, at a major championship after series of wins in World Cup and European Cup legs.
Edinburgh saw a historical first individual gold medal by a Dutch diver: Celine van Duijn offered the most balanced performance in the women’s 10m platform final, earned 7.0 and 7.5s to all but her first dive and that was enough to finish atop. In the mixed synchro 3m the German duo of Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel claimed the victory – they were only the ones producing two 70+ points dives.