Berlin, Germany will host the 2014 European Aquatics Championships, bringing together the finest swimmers and divers in all of Europe for a full week of top-class aquatics.
With several Olympic gold medalists ready to make good on their roles as favourites and a number of young talents getting their first chance at international glory, this year's event will be packed with action from the first to the last day.
Sunday, August 24 Update
Sunday saw the curtain come down on the European Aquatics Championships in Berlin, and it’s safe to say that we’ve been treated to quite the spectacle in the German capital.
Sixty-five gold medals have gone up for grabs over the course of the week, with the level of team and individual brilliance on display making 2014’s instalment of the European Championships one of the best yet.
The final day of action saw nine event finals take place, with Great Britain once again enjoying the best of the action, as we see below:
|European Aquatics Championships: Sunday's Results|
|Gender||Event||Gold Medal Winner||Nation|
|Women||3m Springboard||Nadezhda Bazhina||Russia|
|Women||50m Free||Francesca Halsall||Great Britain|
|Men||50m Free||Florent Manaudou||France|
|Women||50m Breast||Ruta Meilutyte||Lithuania|
|Women||200m Fly||Mireia Belmonte Garcia||Spain|
|Men||400m Medley||David Verraszto||Hungary|
|Women||400m Free||Jazz Carlin||Great Britain|
|Women||4x100m Medley||Team Denmark||Denmark|
|Men||4x100m Medley||Team GB||Great Britain|
More Glory for Francesca Halsall and Jazz Carlin
In the first event of the day, Great Britain’s Francesca Halsall kicked things off with a fantastic performance in the women’s 50-metres freestyle to claim her third gold medal of the competition.
Having already stood top of the podium in the 50-metres backstroke and 4x100-metres mixed medley, Halsall came into Sunday’s race as a firm favourite and certainly lived up to her tag.
With a time of 24.32 seconds, the 24-year-old just pipped Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem to the gold despite slowing down on the final stretch.
It was then the turn of Jazz Carlin to fly the flag for Britain, as she claimed her second gold medal of the competition in the 400-metres freestyle.
The Swansea-born star won the 800-metres freestyle on Thursday, and showed just as much composure in the shorter format to set a new personal-best time of four minutes, 3.24 seconds.
Halsall and Carlin have contributed five gold medals to the Team GB cause, and it was unsurprisingly to see praise flying in for the pair—including from former athlete Karen Pickering:
While two gold medals on the final day was a good haul for the Brits, they weren’t finished just yet.
Gold Medal for Medley Men
In the European Championship’s final swimming event of the year, Christoph Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Adam Barrett and Ben Proud capped up a fabulous week for Britain by romping to gold in the 4x100-metres medley.
Peaty won gold in the 50-metres breaststroke final on Saturday after breaking the world record in the semi, and was once again in irresistible form as he powered Team GB towards the title.
The 19-year-old and Walker-Hebborn also contributed to a new world record in the mixed medley earlier in the competition, and their time of three minutes, 31.73 seconds wasn’t far away from entering the record books once again.
While France and Hungary both started brightly, the power of Peaty really made the difference, and GB were able to glide home.
It’s been some campaign for the Scot, who took to Twitter following the race to reflect on a coming-of-age competition:
Great Britain won 11 golds, 8 silvers and 8 bronzes during their time in Berlin to top the medal charts, and with Rio 2016 on the horizon, their haul will bring them nothing but encouragement.
Saturday, August 23 Update
Team Great Britain continued their excellent 2014 European Aquatics Championships campaign on Saturday, winning several more gold medals and setting the nations' medal record at the Championships in the process.
Adam Peaty continued his fine form, while Francesca Halsall capped off her excellent summer with another great performance in the women's 50 metres backstroke final. Tom Daley also saw action in the 10 metres platform final, defending his European title.
Here's the full medal count for all of Saturday's events:
|2014 European Aquatics Championships: Saturday's Results|
|Women||1500m Free||Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)||Boglarka Kapas (HUN)||Martina Rita Caramignoli (ITA)|
|Men||100m Fly||Konrad Czerniak (POL)||Laszlo Cseh (HUN)||Pavel Sankovich (BLR)|
|Women||200m Free||Federica Pellegrini (ITA)||Katinka Hosszu (HUN)||Femke Heemskerk (NED)|
|Women||50m Back||Francesca Halsall (GB)||Georgia Davies (GB)||Mie Ou Nielsen (DAN)|
|Men||200m Back||Radoslaw Kawecki (POL)||Christian Diener (GER)||Gabor Balog (HUN)|
|Men||50m Breast||Adam Peaty (GB)||Giedrius Titenis (LTU)||Damir Dugonjic (SLO)|
|Men||Platform Final||Victor Minibaev (RUS)||Tom Daley (GB)||Sasha Klein (GER)|
|Women||Synchronised 3m||Italy||Great Britain||Ukraine|
Adam Peaty Continues Dominance
Peaty came into the 50 metres breaststroke final as the strong favourite following his new world record in the preliminaries, and while he failed to better the 26.62 second mark, he still comfortably took the gold on Saturday.
BLN2014 congratulated the youngster:
So did BBC Radio's Bob Ballard, who believes a star is born:
The new two-time European champion finished in 27 seconds flat, .34 faster than Lithuania's Giedrius Titenis. Peaty missed his start but showed off his tremendous power in the final 25 metres, chasing down the race leaders with ease.
Peaty was undoubtedly the breakout athlete at these European Championships, taking the double in the breaststroke sprints at the tender age of 20. British swimming already appears to be on the right track, and Peaty will only add to a strong collection of young talent emerging on the world stage.
Francesca Halsall, Georgia Davies complete 50 Metres Backstroke Double
The 2014 European Aquatics Championships have already been a rousing success for the British team, and Fran Halsall and Georgie Davies underlined those excellent performances with a gold and silver medal in the women's 50 metres backstroke final.
Team GB congratulated both athletes:
Halsall continued her fine form from the 2014 Commonwealth Games by taking the European gold and beating favourite Mie Nielsen from Denmark, who took the bronze.
The short-distance race was always going to be exciting, and Halsall ended up clocking in with a time of 21.78 seconds, 0.01 second faster than teammate Davies.
Olympstats.com's Hilary Evans confirmed that the two medals were Team GB's 17th and 18th, making the 2014 Championships the single most productive in British swimming history:
Halsall's performances in Berlin rank among her greatest achievements, including a world record for the team in the mixed 4x100-metres medley. The 50 metres backstroke hardly ranks as her favourite event, making this latest European title all the more impressive.
Tom Daley Takes 10 Metres Platform Silver
The 20-year-old couldn't defend his European title but still put together an impressive performance in the final, scoring 535.45 to take the silver behind Russia's Victor Minibaev.
British Swimming was mighty proud of the youngster:
Minibaev dominated the final from start to finish, and his gold medal was well deserved. Daley sounded more than happy with the silver, a great conclusion to what has been a very busy summer for the Brit:
He elaborated on his performance in an interview with BBC Sport:
I've have loved to retain my title, but I'm really pleased with the way I dived. It was a good fight until the end. A very long season has come to an end and I'm happy to have been able to maintain my level all the way through.
Out of all three majors, that was the highest score I got out of all of them.
Daley opened with a 96.25 on his first dive and even got a 10 from one of the judges, but his Russian challenger picked up the pace on his second drive and quickly pushed himself into the lead.
Peaty will now take a well-deserved break before starting his preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The 2014 European Aquatics Championships will come to an end on Sunday, but regardless of the team's results on the final day of action, Great Britain will be able to return from Berlin with their heads held high.
Peaty, Halsall and Daley look like they could play big roles in the 2016 Summer Olympics, still the single largest event in aquatics.
Friday, August 22 Update
The European Aquatics Championship has been a competition to savour in Berlin, and though the action may well be winding down, the thrilling aquatic drama is still heating up.
Friday saw seven gold medals go up for grabs in the German capital, and while just one gold rested around a British neck at the end of the day, it was a fabulous day for Team GB.
Here, we look at the results from another thrilling day at the European Aquatics Championships, and dive in to the big stories of the day.
|European Aquatics Championships: Friday's Results|
|Gender||Competition||Gold Medal Winner||Nation|
|Women||Platform||Sarah Barrow||Great Britain|
|Men||Synchronised 3m||Ilia Zakharov & Evgenii Kuznetsov||Russia|
|Men||800m Freestyle||Gregorio Paltrinieri||Italy|
|Women||200m Breaststroke||Rikke Moeller Pedersen||Denmark|
|Men||100m Freestyle||Florent Manaudou||France|
|Women||100m Butterfly||Jeanette Ottesen||Denmark|
|Mixed||4 x 100m Freestyle||Team Italy||Italy|
Adam Peaty Breaks World Record
While Britain only reached the top of the podium in one event on Friday, they managed to reached the top of the world through Adam Peaty.
The 19-year-old broke the 50-metres breaststroke world record in his semi-final, touching the wall in just 26.62 seconds to book his place in Saturday’s final.
It was a quite remarkable effort from Peaty, who lapped up the praise and plaudits after his swim—including those from former athlete Karen Pickering:
The previous record stood at 26.67 seconds, set by South African Cameron van der Burgh in 2009, and Peaty said that entering the history books is an honour—per BBC Sport:
I feel absolutely amazing. I had to look at that scoreboard about five times before I knew I had broken it. I haven't broken a world record before so I don't know how it feels. Hopefully it will sink in by Saturday so I can get my head down and hopefully get a better performance out of myself in the final. I didn't expect this result even if I was close to the world record at the Commonwealth Games. It was not a perfect race due to my final touch so I can still improve tomorrow.
One of the most remarkable things about Peaty’s swim is that there was still room for improvement in it, both with his final touch and slowing down towards the end.
Should he get everything right in Saturday’s final, then he could well break his own world record in Berlin, and with that would come a deserved gold medal.
At such a tender age, the room for progression is almost scary, and the European Aquatics Championship may well have unearthed a future king of the pool.
Sarah Barrow Claims Gold
Great British diver Sarah Barrow emerged victorious in the women’s platform on Friday, trouncing the competition with a stunning performance.
Though lining up alongside some of diving’s top athletes, the 25-year-old finished almost 20 points ahead of nearest competitor Noemi Batki and made history in the process.
As TheSportFeed.Com revealed, Barrow’s exploits earned her the tag of being the first female to win an individual diving event at the European Championships:
The British youngster was understandable jubilant after receiving her gold medal, and told The Plymouth Herald that keeping focus played a big part in her success:
It’s awesome. Going into the final I wanted to win a medal but I knew that gold would be tough knowing how strong the field was. But I kept positive and tried to focus on my own competition. Jane (Figueiredo, Tom Daley’s coach) really helped me to keep that focus. It has been a long season with injuries in the middle so I needed that. It was a really consistent performance and I knew I could perform my dives like that. I enjoyed the whole competition. I am so happy.
While Barrow’s time in the European Championships spotlight is now over, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for her teammates to follow suit with victory as Saturday’s action gets underway.
With nine medals going up for grabs, Britain will hope for a better day on the medal front than Friday, but with Peaty in action, that much is an inevitability.
Thursday, August 21 Update
On yet another thrilling day in the European Aquatics Championship, Thursday saw eight gold medals go on offer for the continent’s elite athletes in the water.
Great Britain have enjoyed themselves in Berlin on the medal front, but with less on offer on Thursday in the German capital, Team GB failed to take real advantage.
Just one gold medal rested around a British neck at the end of the day’s exciting action, but there was plenty of encouragement for Team GB, and here, we analyse the best of the action.
|2014 European Aquatics Championship: Thursday's Results|
|Gender||Competition||Gold Medal Winner||Nationality|
|Men||3m Springboard||Patrick Hausding||Germany|
|Women||800m Free||Jazmin Carlin||Great Britain|
|Women||200m Medley||Katinka Hosszu||Hungary|
|Men||200m Breast||Marco Koch||Germany|
|Women||100m Back||Katinka Hosszu||Hungary|
|Men||200m Butterfly||Viktor Bromer||Denmark|
|Men||50m Back||Vladimir Morozov||Russia|
|Women||4x200m Free||Team Italy||Italy|
Jazmin Carlin Puts her Name in the Record Books
In the day’s first gold-medal swimming event, Team GB’s Jazmin Carlin got the British ball rolling beautifully by romping to gold in the women’s 800-metres freestyle.
Setting a time of eight minutes, 15.54 seconds, Carlin simply blew away the competition, finishing over five seconds clear of silver medal winner Mireia Belmonte Garcia.
The gold was nothing short of what her performance deserved, but she also made her name part of British folklore—as Infostrada Sports revealed:
Though Carlin trailed for the opening 600 metres of the race, the way that she attacked in the later stages was phenomenal, and she never looked back after racing into the lead.
The 23-year-old, Welsh sensation now adds European glory to the Commonwealth Games gold she claimed in Glasgow earlier this summer, and you have to say that the sky is now the limit.
Carlin has been growing in stature for many a year now, and with the Olympics on the horizon, Team GB may well have unearthed a new star.
Ross Murdoch Comes up Short
It’s been a quite remarkable few months for Scottish swimmer Ross Murdoch, who before his 220-metres breaststroke victory in Glasgow was a relative unknown.
However, every time he takes to the pool now, he’s a red-hot favourite—for good reason, too.
Thursday saw Murdoch compete in the European Championships 200-metres breaststroke final, but on this occasion, it was heartbreak for the Scot.
The 20-year-old put together a strong race in Berlin, but with home favourite Marco Koch urged on by the vocal support, Murdoch missed out by a whisker.
As BLN 2014’s results show, the British youngster was just 0.30 seconds away from the gold medal, but his arm just couldn’t stretch far enough in the final metres—per British Swimming:
It means that the wait goes on for a Scottish champions on the biggest European stage of them all, per The Herald’s Jonathan Coates, but with the form that Murdoch is in, it’s only going to be a matter of time.
The young Scot watched on as Michael Jamieson took gold in the London 2012 Olympics, but in two years’ time, he could be the man on the top of the podium.
Friday’s action sees another seven medals go up for grabs in Berlin, and while the competition is now winding down, the exciting, aquatic drama will certainly remain:
|2014 European Aquatics Championship: Friday Schedule|
|Women||Platform||2 p.m. BST|
|Men||Synchronised 3m||4 p.m. BST|
|Men||800m Freestyle||6:07 p.m. BST|
|Women||200m Breaststroke||6:43 p.m. BST|
|Men||100m Freestyle||6:47 p.m. BST|
|Women||100m Butterfly||7:05 p.m. BST|
|Mixed||4 x 100m Freestyle||7:33 p.m. BST|
With some high-profile finals taking place, Friday could be one of the most dramatic days of Berlin 2014 so far, and if the tournament has taught us anything, it's expect the unexpected in the pool.
Wednesday, August 20 Update
Wednesday's 2014 European Aquatics Championships action slowed down compared to the previous days, with just five swimming finals finals on tap in Berlin.
Great Britain were unable to replicate their swimming medal success from Tuesday, but given the nature of the events that were on the schedule for the third day of competition, the team wasn't expected to feature heavily in the medal count anyhow.
All eyes were on Commonwealth Games heroes Tom Daley and James Denny, however, with the final for the Synchronised Platform Diving event also on the schedule. The duo couldn't quite come through in the clutch, with a bad final dive costing them a chance at a medal.
The full medal count for Wednesday's events:
|2014 European Aquatics Championships: Wednesday's Results|
|Women||1m Springboard||Tania Cagnotto (ITA)||Kristina Ilinykh (RUS||Tina Punzel (GER)|
|Men||1500m Free||Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA)||Pal Joensen (FAR)||Gabriele Detti (ITA)|
|Men||200m Free||Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB)||Paul Biedermann (GER)||Yannick Agnel (FRA)|
|Women||100m Breast||Rikke Moeler Pedersen (DAN)||Jennie Johansson (SWE)||Arianna Castiglioni (ITA)|
|Women||100m Free||Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE)||Femke Heemskerk (NED)||Michelle Coleman (SWE)|
|Men||200m Medley||Laszlo Cseh (HUN)||Philip Heintz (GER)||Roberto Pavoni (GBR)|
The afternoon session started off with a bang, as Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 1500m Freestyle in 14:39.93 minutes, a new European record as shared by the event's Twitter account:
The 19-year-old completely destroyed the competition, finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of Pal Joensen and Gabriele Detti. Long touted as one of the biggest talents in competitive swimming, he became the fifth man to swim under the barrier of 14 minutes and 40 seconds, per Infostrada Sports:
Olympic champion Yannick Agnel failed to live up to his status as favourite in the 200m Freestyle, finishing in 1:46.65 minutes to take the bronze behind Serbia's Velimir Stjepanovic and Germany's Paul Biedermann.
The Frenchman struggled tremendously in the preliminaries, was left out of his country's 400m relay squad and qualified for the final as the 7th seed, so the fact he was able to secure a medal should come as a minor victory for the French team.
Rikke Moeller Pedersen set a new championship record in the women's 100m Breaststroke final, finishing in 1:06.23 minutes. As shared by Infostrada Sports, the Danish athlete broke a 76-year-old gold-medal drought in the event:
Roberto Pavoni took the only British medal of the day, winning the bronze in the men's 200m Individual Medley.
The biggest disappointment of the day no doubt came in the men's Synchronised Platform final, where Thomas Daley and James Denny failed to medal. The duo only started competing together at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and had very limited time to prepare for these Championships, but more was still expected.
As he told BBC Sport's David McDaid, Daley blamed the result on inexperience, while also indicating the partnership will continue in the future:
"The Germans who won today have been together eight or nine years, whereas we've been together eight or nine weeks - if that.
We're a relatively new team but we're constantly improving so there are lots of bonuses for the future."
The finals schedule for Thursday's action:
|Thursday's Final Schedule|
|Men||3m Springboard||2 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET|
|Women||800m Free||5.07 p.m. BST/12:07 a.m. ET|
|Women||200m Medley||5.18 p.m. BST/12:18 a.m. ET|
|Men||200m Breast||5.46 p.m. BST/12:46 a.m. ET|
|Women||100m Back||5.58 p.m. BST/12:58 a.m. ET|
|Men||200m Butterfly||6.02 p.m. BST/1:02 p.m. ET|
|Men||50m Back||6.24 p.m. BST/1:24 p.m. ET|
|Women||4x200m Free||6.38 p.m. BST/1:38 p.m. ET|
Seven total swimming finals and one additional diving final will be on tap on Thursday, so fans will have plenty of top-class aquatics to look forward to once the afternoon session commences.
Tuesday, August 19
Tuesday was a superb day for Great Britain at the 2014 European Aquatics Championships. It was medals galore for Team GB, as the group claimed three gold medals, two silver and one bronze.
The team took advantage of the schedule to dominate events that favoured their swimmers. Among those events was the 100-metre backstroke, a race where a pair of British swimmers took home the major honours:
Elsewhere, there was a thrilling display in the 400-metre mixed medley, an event new to the crowds in Berlin. However, spectators were treated to a record-setting performance from the Brits:
Aside from British dominance, there was also room for a French and Bulgarian standoff in the men's 50-metre butterfly final. In fact, separating any of the medal winners in this fraught race proved a challenge.
Before taking a closer look at some of the events of the day, here's a full breakdown of the medal winners from Tuesday's six finals events:
|Tuesday's Medal Winners|
|Men's 50M Butterfly||Florent Manaudou (FRA) /Yauhen Tsurkin (BLR)||Andriy Govorov (UKR) / Benjamin Proud (GBR)|
|Men's 100M Backstroke||Christoph Hebborn-Walker (GBR)||Jeremy Stravius (FRA)||Jan-Philip Glania (GER)|
|Women's 50M Butterfly||Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE)||Jeanette Ottesen (DEN)||Francescsa Halsall (GBR)|
|Men's 100M Breaststroke||Adam Peaty (GBR)||Ross Murdoch (GBR)||Giedrius Tittenis (LTU)|
|Women's 200M Backstroke||Duane Da Rocha Marce (ESP)||Elizabeth Simmonds (GBR)||Daria K. Ustinova (RUS)|
|Mixed 4x100M Medley||Great Britain||Netherlands||Russia|
One of the highlight events of the day was the women's 50-metre butterfly. It was a race featuring premier competition. BLN2014.de identified Swede Sjoestroem against Norway's Ottesen as the rivalry to watch.
So it proved, as both swimmers took the summit positions on the podium. Sjoestroem was ultimately the faster. She posted a time 0.36 seconds ahead of her familiar foe, per BLN2014.de. It was a quality finish to say the least.
There was a similarly impressive performance in the men's equivalent of the fly event. That's where Manaudou and Tsurkin held off the challenge from lightning-fast Govorov.
The Ukrainian instead had to focus on trying to escape Proud, who produced a commendable effort.
Here's the final schedule for the championships' third day:
|Finals Schedule for Wednesday|
|Men||1,500M Freestyle||6:07 pm BST / 1:07 pm ET|
|Men||200M Freestyle||6:52 pm BST / 1:52 pm ET|
|Women||100M Breaststroke||6:57 pm BST / 1:57 pm ET|
|Women||100M Freestyle||7:18 pm BST / 2:18 pm ET|
|Men||200M Medley||7:22 pm BST / 2:22 pm ET|
Great Britain may find maintaining their second-day dominance a little trickier. Some of the events, such as the 1,500-metre freestyle, don't really favour the team, so they'll need to be at their best to have a shot against the competition.
Monday, August 18
Russia's reign at the top of the medal pile was maintained on Monday, but it was also a fruitful day's work for Italy, the Netherlands and Great Britain, all of whom got on the podium to help close the gap.
The morning sessions once again saw the fields whittled down through the preliminary stages, where Stephen Milne was a highlight for the Britons. He claimed the fastest time of any men's 400-metre freestyle, per commentator Bob Ballard:
Britain's men also dominated in the 100-metre backstroke and 100-metre breaststroke heats, with Christoph Walker-Hebborn and Adam Peaty booking their places in the afternoon action with the fastest times.
World-record holder in the 50-metre butterfly Sarah Sjostrom eased her way into the semi-finals of her event, too, although a time of 25.12 seconds was almost a full second slower than her best of 24.43 seconds.
|Monday's Medal Winners|
|Men||400M Freestyle||Velimir Stjepanovic (SER)||Andrea Mitchell D'Arrigo (ITA)||Jay Lelliott (GBR)|
|Women||400M Medley||Katinka Hosszu (HUN)||Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)||Aimee Willmott (GBR)|
However, the Swede would make for any apparent lack of speed later on, topping the semi-final times with a time of 24.87 seconds, momentum building in her favour ahead of Tuesday's final.
The first gold medal of the day was awarded to Velimir Stjepanovic of Serbia, triumphing in the men's 100-metre freestyle, per the championships' official Twitter account:
Andrea Mitchell D'Arrigo and Jay Lelliott of Italy and Great Britain, respectively, followed the 21-year-old with silver and bronze medals to their name.
Later in the day, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a new championship record time of four minutes and 31.03 seconds in the women's 400-metre medley, the "Iron Lady" living up to her mantle as favourite.
It may not have been the colour she was dreaming of, but Aimee Willmott ensured Great Britain's medal run continued thanks to her third-place finish. She came in just behind Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain, per British Swimming:
Monday's remaining two finals were back-to-back 4x100-metre relays, the women going first and Sweden clinching their second gold of the day as Sjostrom was once again heavily involved.
They came in with a time of three minutes and 35.82 seconds, just 0.44 seconds ahead of the Netherlands team in second and the Italians in third.
And Italy did well to medal in both events, albeit bronze for the men once again, falling behind Russia in second and the winners France.
|Tuesday's Finals Schedule|
|Men||50M Butterfly||6:07 p.m. BST/1:07 p.m. ET|
|Men||100M Backstroke||6:18 p.m. BST/1:18 p.m. ET|
|Women||50M Butterfly||6:23 p.m. BST/1:23 p.m. ET|
|Men||100M Breaststroke||6:34 p.m. BST/1:34 p.m. ET|
|Women||200M Backstroke||7:03 p.m. BST/2:03 p.m. ET|
|Mixed||4x100M Medley||7:31 p.m. BST/2:31 p.m. ET|
Florent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius did particularly well for their winning side, not only breaking the 48-second mark but both also managing to stray close to the 47.50-second barrier en route to victory.
Tuesday's action features no fewer than six final events, where the 50-metre butterfly finals for both men and women will come to a close, along with women's 200-metre backstroke, mixed 4x100-metre medley and more.
Sunday, August 17
Russia enjoyed a strong day at the European Aquatics Championships led by Svetlana Romashina, who won a captivating gold medal in the solo free synchronised swimming final in Berlin.
The reigning world champion is no stranger to success, having prevailed in the Beijing and London Olympics, but the 24-year-old put on a breath-taking display in the Germany capital with a score of 95.83.
|Synchronised Swimming Results|
|Duet Free Final||Country||Total|
|Team Free Final|
|Solo Free Final|
|Gold||Svetlana Romashina (RUS)||95.8333|
|Silver||Ona Carbonell (SPA)||93.7000|
|Bronze||Anna Voloshyna (UKR)||92.3333|
|Free Combination Free Final|
Romashina beat Ona Carbonell of Spain and Anna Voloshyna of Ukraine into second and third places, respectively. In the free combination competition, Ukraine beat Spain and Italy to the gold medal.
Where the synchronised swimming celebrated elegance and delicacy in the pool, the 25-kilometre open-water swim saw swimmers compete over one of world sport's most grueling events.
Frenchman Axel Reymond paddled to glory in the men's event, coming home in a time of four hours, 59 minutes and 18.8 seconds, after leading from the front for most of the race. Challenging him was Russia's Evgenii Drattcev, with the two entangled in an almighty tussle over the last 10 kilometres.
In a race of nearly five hours, it was only 13 seconds that separated the two. Italy’s Edoardo Stochino came home third in 5:08:51.0.
|Gold||Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED)||1:56:06.9|
|Silver||Eva Risztov (HUN)||1:56:08.0|
|Bronze||Aurora Ponsele (ITA)||1:56:08.5|
|Gold||Daniel Fogg (GBR)||53:41.4|
|Silver||Rob Muffels (GER)||54:01.8|
|Bronze||Thomas Lurz (GER)||54:02.6|
|Gold||Ferry Weertman (NED)||1:49:56.2|
|Silver||Thomas Lurz (GER)||1:49:59.0|
|Bronze||Evgenii Drattcev (RUS)||1:50:00.6|
|Gold||Isabelle Harle (GER)||57:55.7|
|Silver||Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED)||58:29.9|
|Bronze||Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)||58:41.4|
|Team Event 5km|
|Gold||Axel Reymond (FRA)||4:59:18.8|
|Silver||Evgenii Drattcev (RUS)||4:59:31.2|
|Bronze||Edoardo Stochino (ITA)||5:08:51.0|
|Gold||Martina Grimaldi (ITA)||5:19:14.1|
|Silver||Anna Olasz (HUN)||5:19:21.0|
|Bronze||Angela Maurer (GER)||5:19:21.4|
In the women's event, Italy’s world champion Martina Grimaldi took victory by seven seconds over Hungary's Anna Olasz—backing up her World Championship in the same event from last year. Grimaldi struggled to assert a lead as Reymond did, and it was only as the epic race came to a close that her class began to tell.
Grimaldi’s winning time was 5:19:14.1, with Olasz taking silver in 5:19:21.0 and German stalwart Angela Maurer clocking 5:19:21.4 for bronze. All the more remarkable is that this is the sixth consecutive championships in which Maurer has won a medal in the open-water swimming.
Following Sunday's action, Russia leads the medal charge with three golds, ahead of the Netherlands and Germany. But with Monday seeing the start of action in the swimming pool and on the diving boards, the majority of the medals are still to be won.
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