2021 European Quick-Course Swimming Championships, Kazan (RUS) – Day 6, Abstract
WR for Shymanovich and the Dutch, ER for Paltrinieri, Sjostrom grabs 4th gold
The Twenty fifth-anniversary version of the European Quick-Course Swimming Championships couldn’t have led to a extra festive method: information fell in succession.
First Ilya Shymanovich from Belorussia equaled the world file within the 50m breast, then Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri smashed the 800m free European file and the Netherlands bettered the worldwide mark within the combined medley to complete the meet on a excessive. The Dutch got here second within the medal chart the place Russia completed atop with 11 titles. Nevertheless, the Staff Trophy went to Italy whose swimmers collected an incredible 35 medals in complete. One of the best performer award was shared within the males’s area between the 2 WR-tiers Shymanovich and Szebasztian Szabo of Hungary – among the many girls, Anastasia Kirpichnikova’s near-WR swim within the 1500m free earned her the highest prize, 25,000 Euros – she completed the occasion with three titles after profitable the 400m free immediately. Sarah Sjostrom was even higher when it comes to parading on the rostrum, she completed with 4 titles and 6 medals altogether.
Ilya Shymanovich was actually pissed off after failing to win the 100m breaststroke, the place, based mostly on his semi-final efficiency (second-best all-time), he might have set his eyes on the WR – as a substitute, he didn’t even come first. Then he form of made up that ‘loss’ by profitable his least favourite 200m – and Sunday he managed to get what he was speculated to earlier: a world file. Curiously, similar to Szabo a day earlier within the 50m fly, he equaled it within the sprint (25.25) – once more, matching one of many final standing marks from the shiny go well with period (held by Cameron van den Burgh since 2009), and he additionally beat the ER, set by Emre Sakci final November. The Turk bought the silver right here, 0.14sec behind the Belorussian.
The premiere of the lads’s 800m introduced one of the crucial good races of the week, an incredible duel between Florian Wellbrock and Gregorio Paltrinieri. Within the 1500m, the German had the higher hand however Paltrinieri had proved earlier that now the 800m fits him higher (he was second in that occasion on the Olympics and Wellbrock got here 4th there, and it modified for the 1500m). It was a shoulder-by-shoulder battle all the best way, other than a brief spell, the Italian was in entrance and managed to carry off Wellbrock’s assaults to say the historic first title in 7:27.94 minutes to convey down Yannick Agnel’s European Document from 2012 too (Grant Hackett’s large WR from 2008 remains to be additional away). Solely 0.05sec separated the 2 greats on the wall and it additionally supplied a uncommon state of affairs: the six freestyle titles went to 6 completely different swimmers.
The 100m was landed by Kliment Kolesnikov who did a clear job by outpacing the entire area in each legs and the Russian rocket beat Italy’s Alessandro Miressi by 0.26sec. Kolesnikov relatively targeted on this occasion now and let his different favorites go, so within the 100m IM it was Italy’s veteran warrior Marco Orsi who was excellent as soon as extra and the 31-year-old claimed one other gold after 2017, leaving no likelihood to 200m IM champion Andreas Vazaios of Greece to meet up with him. Austria’s Bernard Reitshammer shocked even himself to clinch the bronze from lane 8.
The 200m again race opened up after the withdrawal of Olympic champion Evgeniy Rylov who mentioned that as a consequence of his sickness previous to the occasion he didn’t really feel himself match sufficient to race at his anticipated degree (indicators already confirmed that earlier). Pity, we might have cherished to see his showdown with the occasion’s king Radoslaw Kawecki who thus had no issues sustaining his extraordinary streak. The Polish claimed his seventh (!) title on this occasion and it was his ninth podium in a row since 2009 – the title eluded him solely 12 years in the past and in 2017 (when Kolesnikov targeted on backstroke). A tremendous feat by Kawecki whose underwater work remains to be extremely environment friendly – his Italian chasers Lorenzo Mora and Michele Lamberti couldn’t address it, they trailed by 1.27 and 1.80sec respectively.
On opposite, the younger weapons dominated the sphere within the 400m IM, the long-course European champion from Might Ilya Borodin added the primary short-course title to his treasury and he did it in fashion: set a brand new junior world file, safely forward of Italy’s Alberto Razzetti and Hungary’s Hubert Kos.
As for the ladies, the brand new schedule put the 200m and 400m free finals on this final session which considerably divided the sphere. The shorter title went to Marrit Steenbergen to additional increase the Netherlands’ golden tally – she was no match for the others, Czech Barbara Seemanova got here additional 0.83sec adrift whereas Katja Fain delivered Slovenia’s first medal right here.
Quickly, within the 400m ultimate Anastasia Kirpichnikova accomplished her treble within the longer distances – really, achieved the identical (400-800-1500m) as Italy’s Simona Quadarella on the long-course Europeans within the spring. The Italian missed the rostrum this time, it was fellow Russian Anna Egorova – additionally coaching with Kirpichnikova in France – who was a distant second whereas Isabel Gose took the bronze. This was a heroic effort from the younger German as she was the one one swimming the 200m some quarter-hour earlier.
The 2 sprint occasions noticed the skilled ones’ triumphs. Italy’s Arianna Castiglioni lastly managed to the touch the wall first – she had an ideal assortment of silver and bronze medals and now she got here first within the thriller the place the highest 4 hit the wall in a span of 0.16sec. Castiglioni, swimming on lane 2, out-touched team-mate and title-holder Benedetta Pilato by 0.09sec, who was 0.05sec quicker than Russia’s Nika Godun.
And at last got here the final act of the Sarah Sjostrom Present: the Sweden dash queen might full her normal ‘rushing 4’: gained the 50m-100m free and the 50-100m fly. This night she might even set a brand new CR within the fly sprint, beating Holland’s Maikee de Waard convincingly, by 0.47sec. To have the same old each day tie, Italy’s Silvia di Pietro and Greece’s Anna Ntountouaki shared the bronze.
The session-ending combined medley produced an unforgettable ending to the meet. It was a improbable contest for the reason that groups arrange completely different orders amongst their respective female and male swimmers. Earlier than the anchor leg, solely 0.01sec separated Italy and Russia in entrance however they’d a feminine for the freestyle whereas the Dutch had 30-year-old Thom de Boer who began off with a improbable (and dangerous) – 0.01sec takeover and managed to bridge the 3sec hole he confronted. His wonderful 20.15sec break up gave Holland a 0.21sec profitable margin on the finish; Italy edged out the Russians by 0.03sec for the silver.
Certainly, that determined the second place within the medal ranks because the Netherlands and Italy have been tied 7-7 earlier than this ultimate – Russia already secured the highest spot by claiming 11 titles. The Dutch got here second whereas Italy completed third however their 35 medals general and the opposite nice performances ensured that they clinched the Staff Trophy once more.