Danish Open 2013 Day 4: Pedersen beats the 200 breast European record

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On this final day of the Danish Open / Trials, the big story was Rikke Møller Pedersen setting a new European record in the women’s 200 meter breaststroke, clocking 2:20.53 where Yuliya Efimova’s record from the London 2012 Olympics was 2:20.92. Jeanette Ottesen made the Danish Barcelona 2013 ‘stability’ qualification time standard with 1 hundredth of a second, winning the women’s 50 freestyle in 25.21, ahead of Mie Ø. Nielsen (25.48) and Pernille Blume (25.50) and Danish junior record-setting Julie Levinsen in 25.63. Magnus Westermann won the men’s 50 freestyle in a new Danish junior record of 23.07, Erik Persson from Sweden the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:14.55.

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(Rikke powering to her 200 breast European Record. Photo courtesy of Dan Hjelm)

Faroe born Magnus Jákupsson won the men’s 200 backstroke in 2:03.98, Iceland’s Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:11.43. Viktor B. Bromer won the men’s 100 butterfly in 53.94, and Christina Munkholm the women’s 100 butterfly in 1:00.43. The expected high-level 1500 swims sort of fizzled out with Lotte Friis not participating in the women’s event, Mads Glæsner scratching the men’s event due to shoulder problems and Pál Joensen also canceling because of some kind of sickness that I understand that several swimmers had been struggling with. The gold in the women’s 1500 freestyle therefore going to Anina Nicole Lund in 17:15.55 and the gold in the men’s 1500 freestyle to Anton Ørskov Ipsen in 15:41.38, Faroese young gun Alvi Hjelm substituting for Pál with a 16:11.88 and bronze in the men’s event.

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(Danish Open 2013 men’s 1500 free medal podium. Photo courtesy of Alvi’s dad, Dan Hjelm)

See alt results from tonight’s session at the Danish Open here on LiveTiming

Danish swimmer’s now qualified for Barcelona 2013 World Championships

  • Rikke Møller Pedersen
  • Lotte Friis
  • Jeanette Ottesen

Danis swimmers qualified for individual events at the Poznan 2013 European Juniors

  • Magnus Westermann
  • Anina Nicole Lund
  • Morten Bak Hansen
  • Daniel Steen Andersen
  • Julie Levinsen
  • Joachim Mortensen

Danish swimmers selected for relays at the Poznan 2013 European Juniors

  • Anton Bromer
  • Christian V. Rasmussen
  • Jacob Severinsen

The Danish Swimming Federation will announce the Poznan 2013 team next week, and the Barcelona 2013 team later this spring. See svoem.org (in Danish)

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