Herning 2013 Europeans Day 1 – Finals

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Russia rules with 4 gold medals, 1 world record and 1 championships record after the first day of competition, Efimova having clocked a couple of championships records en route to the final. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte set a new European record of 2:01.52 in the 200 fly, and Denmark won the women’s 4×50 freestyle in a new world record time of 1:37.04.

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Men’s 50 freestyle

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov dominated with the quickest time of 20.89 in the prelims, 20.94 in the semi-final and then 20.77 in the final. Italy’s Marco Orsi won silver in 21.00, and Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov bronze in 21.17.

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Women’s 50 breaststroke

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova proved that you can post 29.47 and new championships record in the prelims, 29.14 and new championships record in the semifinals and then compete in the 200 IM also before clocking 29.04 and yet another championships record in the 50 breast final. All in the same day, with the finals in the same session. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte won silver in 29.10, having also set a championships record of 29.41 in the semifinal before Efimova’s. The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis won bronze in 29.79.

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Men’s 400 freestyle

An exciting race with a lot of contenders for the gold medal until Russia’s Nikita Lobintsev put his foot down about halfway through to win in 3:49.47, ahead of Italy’s Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo in 3:40.54 and Serbian youngster Velimir Stjepanovic in 3:40.91. Home favorite Mads Glæsner fourth in 3:41.38. Result list here.

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Men’s 200 backstroke

A race between Hungary’s Peter Bernek and Germany’s Christian Diener until Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki’s enduring underwater work took charge and secured him the gold medal in 1:49.42, Bernek second in 1:50.43 and Diener third in 1:51.40. Result list here.

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Women’s 100 backstroke semifinals

Home favorite Mie Ø. Nielsen still tops the result list after the semifinal, with a time of 57.09 ahead of Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina in 57.35 and Czech Republic’s Simona Baumrtova in 57.52.

Men’s 100 butterfly semifinals

Germany’s Steffen Deibler looks convicing in 49.89, France’s Jeremy Stravius second in 50.04 and Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin third in 50.17. Result list here.

Women’s 200 individual medley

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu way ahead in a new championships record of 2:04.33, Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Sophie Allen second and third in 2:06.73 and 2:06.86 respectively. Result list here.

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Men’s 100 breaststroke semifinal

After an easy sixth place in the prelims, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta put his foot down and clocked 57.56 and quickest time in the semifinals, Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic second in 57.58 and Germany’s Marco Koch third in 57.62. Result list here.

Women’s 200 butterfly

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte posted a new championships and European record time of 2:01.52, replacing Katinka Hosszu’s European record of 2:02.20 from Istanbul 2012 and Aurore Mongel’s championships record of 2:03.22 from Istanbul 2009. Germany’s Franziska Hentke silver in 2:03.47 and Great Britain’s Jemma Lowe bronze in 2:04.51. Katinka Hosszu undoubtedly suffering from the 200 IM a few moments before this, clocking 2:05.39 and fourth. Result list here.

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Men’s 200 individual medley

Germany’s Philip Heintz the surprise winner in 1:53.98, Hungary’s Cseh Laszlo having led up until 100 but then fading I guess by the end deliberately to 1:56.98 and 10th. Sweden’s Simon Sjödin a very happy silver winner in 1:54.28 and Portugal’s Diogo Filipe Carvalho bronze in 1:54.89. Result list here.

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Women’s 100 freestyle semifinal

Great Britain’s Francesca Halsall the quickest in 52.32, Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström second in 52.37 and the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo third in 52.52. Home favorite Jeanette Ottesen fourth in 52.67, an exciting final ahead tomorrow. Result list here.

Men’s 4×50 medley

Russia’s team of Vitaly Melnikov, Oleg Kostin, Nikita Konovalov and Vladimir Morozov posted a new world record of 1:32.88, though still not beating their European record of 1:31.80 from Istanbul 2009. Italy won silver in 1:32.83 and Germany bronze in 1:33.06. Result list here.

Women’s 4×50 freestyle

The Danes having had a by now somewhat painful, medal-less first night, went through the roof when the Mie Ø. Nielsen on the last leg passed Sweden’s Magdalena Kuras to win gold and the world record with a time of 1:37.04, Sweden second in 1:37.08 and Russia third in 1:37.13. The European record of Netherland’s still way ahead in 1:33.25, life is strange. Result list here.

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