Herning 2013 Europeans Day 4 – Finals

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Right, even more late with this recap, as we hurried to go out and dine with the team, and then slept and traveled and went back to our real jobs and so forth. But here it goes, in order to be complete. The result list here.

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Women’s 400 individual medley

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte invincible at these championships, clocking a new championships record of 4:21.23 ahead of Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in 4:24.69 and Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott in 4:25.37.

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Men’s 200 breaststroke

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta won his 5th European title, this time in a time of 2:00.72, only five hundredths of a second from his world record from Istanbul 2009. Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson won silver in 2:01.43 and Germany’s Marco Koch bronze in 2:01.62.

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Women’s 200 freestyle

Russia’s Veronika Popova was clearly ahead at the halfway mark, but was overtaken on the last laps by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini and France’s Charlotte Bonnet, Pellegrini the new European champion in 1:52.80, Bonnet silver winner in 1:53.26 and then Popova bronze in 1:53.62.

Men’s 100 individual medley

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov won yet another gold medal at these championships, leading all the way to a 51.20 win ahead of compatriot Sergey Fesikov in 52.23 and Italy’s Stefano M. Pizzamiglio in 52.81.

Women’s 100 butterfly

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen tried her best, charging from the start to a 25.67 lead at the 50 meter mark ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in 26.21 and the Netherland’s Inge Dekker in 26.37, but then Sjostrom reeled her in and won in 55.78, Great Britain’s Jemma Lowe second in 56.32 and Ottesen third in 56.42.

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Men’s 200 freestyle

Russia’s Daniil Izotov dominating from start to finish, to win in 1:41.70, compatriot Nikita Lobintsev second in 1:42.33, and Hungary’s Dominik Kozma and Italy’s Filippo Magnini third in 1:43.34.

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Women’s 100 breaststroke

An exciting race with a close finish, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte taking the European crown in a new championships record of 1:02.92, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova only 4 hundredths of a second behind her in 1:02.96 and Denmark’s favorite Rikke Møller Pedersen third in 1:04.39.

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Men’s 100 backstroke

France’s Jeremy Stravius the man in charge, leading from start to finish to a 49.74 win, Russia’s Vitaly Melnikov second in 50.05, and France’s Camille Lacourt and Great Britain’s Christopher Walker-Hebborn third in 50.44.

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Women’s 200 backstroke

Czech swimmer Simona Baumrtova tried her luck with a half second lead at the 100 meter mark, but was overtaken by Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina towards the end, Zevina posting 2:02.20, Baumrtova 2:03.06 and then Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu the bronze winner in 2:03.81.

Men’s 50 butterfly

Splash and dash, Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov the winner in 22.36, Germany’s Steffen Deibler second in 22.41 and then Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin bronze winner in 22.45.

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Women’s 50 freestyle

The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo the undisputed winner in 23.36, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom second in 23.79 and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia third in 23.83.

Men’s 4×50 freestyle

Russia started out with Vladimir Morozov clocking 20.87, and then that race was won. Russia 1:23.36, Italy 1:24.37 and then Belgium (yay!) 1:24.86.

Women’s 4×50 medley

An exciting finale of these championships, with the crowd going crazy for their home favorites, and having a good chance after Mie Ø. Nielsen clocking a new Danish record time of 26.47 in the first 50 backstroke, but then Yulia Efimova and later Rozaliya Efimova secured the win for Russia, 1:44.67 to Denmark’s 1:44.81, Sweden bronze winners in 1:46.08.

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