Herning 2013 Europeans Day 3 – Prelims

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Nothing really spectacular in the morning heats, I guess the Danes will have to put their hopes on Mads Glæsner in the 1500 and Mie Ø. Nielsen this afternoon, if they are to close in on their goal of at least 11 gold medals at these home championships. Me myself am of course crossing fingers for our guy Pál Joensen in the 1500 final.

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Women’s 50 backstroke

New 100 backstroke European champion and record holder Mie Ø. Nielsen clocked the fastest time of 26.76, a new Danish record, the 26.62 Nordic record of Therese Alshammar very possibly under threat tonight. Czech swimmer Simona Baumrtova was second in 27.14 and Poland’s Aleksandra Urbanczyk third in 27.16. Result list here.

Men’s 50 breaststroke

Turkey’s Demir Atasoy the surprise leader of the field in 26.67, French swimmer Giacomo Perez Dortona second in 26.71 and Swedenøs Johannes Skagius third in 26.73, my money still on Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic in 26.75 and fourth. Result list here.

Women’s 400 freestyle

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte under 4 minutes already in the prelims, leading the field in 3:58.98, compatriot Melanie Costa Schmid second in 4:00.71 and home favorite Lotte Friis third in 4:01.93. Result list here.

Men’s 100 backstroke

Russia 1-2 with Vitaly Melnikov and Andrey Shabasov in 50.46 and 50.75 respectively, French swimmer Jeremy Stravius third in 51.48. See the result list here.

Women’s 100 breaststroke

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova going for the triple, having already won the 50 and 200 and now posting the top time of 1:04.28 in the 100 prelims. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte second in 1:04.71 and home favorite Rikke Møller Pedersen third in 1:05.34. See the result list here.

Men’s 100 individual medley

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov first in 52.29, Italy’s Stefano Pizzamiglio second in 52.92, Russia’s Sergey Fesikov third in 53.18, and Denmark’s Daniel Skaaning fourth in a new Danish record of 53.41. See the result list here.

Women’s 100 butterfly

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu tops the result list in 56.66, home favorite Jeanette Ottesen second in 56.74 and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom third in 56.89. Result list here.

Men’s 200 butterfly

Poland’s Michal Poprawa the fastest in 1:52.87, Sweden’s Simon Sjodin next in 1:52.93 and then Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski third in 1:53.07, home favorite Viktor B. Bromer also in the final in 1:53.97 and 7th. Result list here.

Mixed 4×50 freestyle

Russia leads 1:30.99, Germany second in 1:31.27 and Italy third in 1:31.77. Denmark 5th in 1:52.53, which is good for the atmosphere in Boxen, the Danes almost as enthusiastic as the Croats back in Rijeka 2008. Result list here.

Men’s 1500 freestyle slower heats

Poland’s Pawel Furtek the fastest in the morning heats, with a time of 14.52.97. Result list here.

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