2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships, Copenhagen (DEN)
Special double for Hosszu, Kromowidjojo and the Germans
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) clinched two titles in an hour, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) earned an individual and a relay gold while the Germans claimed two wins in ten minutes on Day 3 at the European Short-Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen. Russia also claimed two victories to stay atop on the medal table. Sarah Sjostrom, the best female swimmer of this year, is yet to find her way to the top of the podium as she collected three silvers today in the Royal Arena.
A star-studded final welcomed the almost capacity crowd of 5,000 fans: the women’s 100m free lined up Europe’s sprinter queens. It was an amazing race which saw the 2012 Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo just out- touching the new world record holder (both long- and short-course) Sarah Sjostrom by 0.08sec, while the hosts’ darling, the 2016 Olympic champion Pernille Blume came third.
Interestingly and perhaps not accidentally these final rankings were copied in the session-ending 4x50m free relay: the Dutch won, the Swedes finished runner-up – Sjostrom delivered an amazing 22.94 leg swimming second – and the hosts delighted the fans once more by claiming another bronze.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu marched on, this time she captured back-to- back titles in an hour. First, she withstood the pressure coming from Ukraine’s Daryna Zevine in the 200m back, then passed Sjostrom over the breaststroke leg in the 100m free, leaving her arch-rival to get a third silver. Hosszu stands with a perfect ratio so far (4/4) and the last one was her 50 th gold medal at major meets (Olympics, World and European Champs).
German swimmers further cemented their nation’s top ranking on the all-time medal haul: Philipp Heintz did a clean job in the 200m IM and Franziska Hentke repeated that in the 200m fly, thus securing two victories in a span of ten minutes.
In the current medal ranks Russia stayed atop as 17 year-old Kliment Kolesnikov showed his class and won the 100m back with another junior world record though he was just 0.07sec away from bringing down the senior global mark of USA’s Matt Grevers. Later Vlad Morozov added another victory with a superfast swim in the 50m free.
The Italians enjoyed a fine day as they amassed five medals though none of them were gold. The top contender, title- and world record-holder Gregorio Paltrinieri came up a bit short in the 1500m free as Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk left him behind after 600m and never looked back.
The Norwegian camp was all smiles this evening after three bronze medals in one day and Greece and Romania also joined the medal-winning nations – their number stands at 17 already, with two days to go.
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