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Russia storms to 13 gold, Morozov finishes with 7 titles, Italy clinches Championship Trophy

by ZwemZa on December 9th, 2019

Kliment Kolesnikov (Notey)

Russia added 6 gold medals to its tally on the closing day in Glasgow to top the medal charts with 13, almost tying Germany’s all-­‐time record of 14 titles from the very first edition in Rostock 1996. Vladimir Morozov indeed set a new record by clinching 7 titles (he won the 100m free and was part of the victorious medley relay on Sunday) – this is the best-­‐ever single-­‐edition individual haul in history. Team-­‐mate Kliment Kolesnikov and Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint received 20.000 euros each as the top performers of the meet, while Italy claimed the Championship Trophy.

Russia stood with 7 gold medals before the closing day then almost doubled that number amassing six in the last session thanks to a series of remarkable swims.

Vladimir Morozov pulled off his third individual title by winning the 100m free with ease, then he was part of Russia’s triumphant medley relay, together with Kliment Kolesnikov who bagged two individual golds in an hour (100m IM, 50m back). Morozov finished the meet with 7 golds, eclipsing Katinka Hosszu’s record of 6 gold and 1 silver (though the Hungarian claimed all in individual events in Netanya 2015). Kolesnikov was just one shy with six titles.

The Russian women brought two more to the treasury this evening: Mariia Temnikova won the 200m breast with a great finish ahead of GB’s Molly Renshaw and Maria Kameneva touched in first in the 50m free – this was Russia’s first-­‐ever medal in the dash, stylishly a gold.

So six out of 10 went to the Russians – the remaining four were won by four different nations. Italy’s Simona Quadarella came first in a brilliant race in the 400m free, ahead of Germany’s Isabel Gose and Hungary’s Ajna Kesely. It was a neck-­‐by-­‐neck battle from the halfway turn but at the end Quadarella managed to add this one to her crown in the 800m free – and snatch the first-­‐ ever Italian win in this distance.

Greece also enjoyed an exceptionally great evening with Andreas Vazaios leading the charge. The Greek hero earned a bronze in the 100m IM and 20 minutes later he left everyone’s behind in the 200m fly, to claim his second gold and third medal here. Another bronze went to Hellas, courtesy of Anna Ntountounaki who was third in the 100m fly. In this latter event the 16 year-­‐ old Belorussian Alexandra Shkurdai hit the wall first and she set a new junior European record (56.21).

The meet-­‐closing medley relays produced fantastic thrillers. The women’s race saw arguably the biggest upset of the week as the Polish quartet managed to out-­‐touch the Italians and the Russians – the top three hit the wall within 0.11sec. This was the first-­‐ever gold for Poland in this event, so far a bronze was their best showing back in 2011, at home in Szczeczin.

Then came the men, here the Russians were a cut above the rest – but behind them it was an incredible tussle for the podium. Hungary’s Maxim Lobanovskii, after a 0.02sec take-­‐over, clocked a world-­‐class 20.29sec anchor leg, pushing his team from 6th to 2nd. However, for unusually long minutes almost all the teams stared at the scoreboard, swimmers tried to recall whether they had risky takeovers while the referees were watching the overhead replays on the screen in the timekeepers’ room. Tensions ran high then it turned out why the officials had needed a bit more time: no less than three quartets had to be disqualified, including third-­‐placed Germany (the butterflier jumped too early, –0.08sec) so the bronze landed at the Belorussians’ neck who celebrated so wildly as if they had been the champions.

Russia finished the event with 13 titles (22 medals altogether), ahead of Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary and Great Britain. Interestingly, the individual best performances came in the 100m back both among the men and the women, Kliment Kolesnikov’s (986 FINA points) and Kira Toussaint’s (992) effort is worth a bonus of 20.000 euros respectively.

Though the Russians’ achievement has a golden lining, the Championship Trophy went to Italy – they amassed 20 medals (also an all-­‐time best effort) and scored the highest number of points, 1186, 140 more than the Russians.

In two years time the top medal collectors can swim at home, as the European Short-­‐Course Swimming Championships will return in 2021 in Kazan (RUS).

European Short Course Championships D5 – flash quotes

Women’s 200m breaststroke

Gold: Mariia Temnikova (RUS) 2:18.35

”I’m extremely happy, because I’ve done the task. I fought hard to be in the final and to get this medal.”

Silver: Molly Renshaw (GBR) 2:19.66

”I decided to go out fast and see if I were able to keep the pace till the end. The last 50m was a bit difficult but I’m satisfied with my achievement.”

Bronze: Martina Carraro (ITA) 2:19.68

”Oooh, that was really unexpected! After my gold and silver medals I was missing a bronze. And I just got it today, so it’s a complete set in Glasgow!”

Men’s 100m freestyle

Gold: Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 45.53

Quote after the relay.

Silver: Alessandro Miressi (ITA) 45.90

”I’m very satisfied, it was an exciting race. I had much fun out there.”

Bronze: Vladislav Grinev (RUS) 46.35

”I’m happy with this bronze but not really satisfied with my time. I didn’t have so much time to prepare this competition.”

Women’s 100m butterfly

Gold: Anastasia Shkurdai (BLR) 56.21 EJR

”I am happy! I don’t believe this happened to me!”

Silver: Elena di Liddo (ITA) 56.37

”I’m very happy and satisfied. I was expecting a very competitive race as we all have similar personal bests. At least I had fun swimming in this final.”

Bronze: Anna Ntountounaki (GRE) 56.44

”I told myself to go out as fast as possible and see what happens. It was enough to make an unexpected medal… And now I’m crying in happiness…”

Men’s 100m IM

Gold: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 51.15

”It was so hard after the 50m back semis. But I’m happy that I had the strength to achieve this. I really wanted to win this gold and I’m especially happy for the Russian 1-2.”

Silver: Sergei Fesikov (RUS) 51.59

”The final was great and I am really happy to be here because this is my 7th final in this event since 2007. I like to fight with my friend Kliment and to stand on the podium at the end.”

Bronze: Andreas Vazaios (GRE) 51.62

Quote after the 200m fly final.

Women’s 400m freestyle

Gold: Simona Quadarella (ITA) 3:59.75

”Amazing! I can’t believe it. I tried to start as fast as I could. For me, the 400m is very difficult but I gave everything I had.”

Silver: Isabel Gose (GER) 4:00.01

”I’m happy for the medal but my time was off by 1.5sec of my PB. I know this is my first medal at a senior European Championships, still, the time is not so good.”

Bronze: Ajna Kesely (HUN) 4:00.04

”I need to wait for my turn, it seems. I have to train more to turn a swim like this to gold. Anyway, I’m happy with this medal but in my dreams I wanted gold in this race. I wished to beat one of the national records in my events but short-course doesn’t really suit me.”

Men’s 200m butterfly

Gold: Andreia Vazaios (GRE) 1:50.23

”It’s part of my strategy to swim the 200m this way, to make the last 50m at a maximum speed. I’m really so-so happy! My performance was great. It was so hard to get this gold but everything went great. I’m happy with both my times (in the 100m IM and 200m fly). To tell you the truth, the bronze in the IM just fired me up for this final. I took the lead and tried to keep my head down and win. And I did it!

Silver: Ramon Klenz (GER) 1:51.51

”I had no problem during the race, everything went as planned. And of course I’m more than satisfied with my first international medal.”

Bronze: James Guy (GBR) 1:51.73

”I feel great, I raced hard and smart. I knew I had a chance for a medal and just fought for that. And I’m getting stronger again.”

Women’s 50m freestyle

Gold: Maria Kameneva (RUS) 23.56

“This is my first gold medal at the European Championships. I didn’t expect this to happen here, because the second day of the event was very tough for me. Now I’m really satisfied and delighted!”

Silver: Melanie Henique (FRA) 23.66

“I’m very happy, I didn’t expect this at all. I beat the French record which was very important to me. So I’m really happy now, both with the record and the silver medal.”

Bronze: Pernille Blume (DEN) 23.73

”I’m really happy, honestly, I feel a bit tired. There was only short amount of time between the races.”

Men’s 50m backstroke

Gold: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 22.75

”It was so hard after the semi-finals and the 100m IM final – but winning is in my blood.”

Silver: Christian Diener (GER) 23.07

”I’ve just completed my set of silver medals in the backstroke events.”

Bronze: Shane Ryan (IRL) 23.12

”It’s good, I still have to clean up some things in my turn since that cost me the silver medal I think. But I’m happy after all.”

Women’s 4x50m medley relay

Gold: Poland 1:44.85

Katarzyna Wasick

”We have an amazing team behind us. I just closed my eyes and I tried to focus as it came right after the 50m free final. We didn’t expect to win this relay. We tried to enjoy as much as possible. Now we are over the Moon!”

Silver: Italy 1.44.92

Benedetta Pilato:

”I’m satisfied, I’m not sure about my time and don’t what to say at this moment. The feeling is really great.”

Silvia di Pietro:

“I’m happy with our performance. We were all-in hundred per cent. I’m really satisfied.”

Bronze: Russia 1.44.96

Nika Godun:

”I think we did pretty good, we are satisfied with the podium even though we wanted the gold of course.”

Men’s 4x50m medley relay

Gold: Russia 1.30.63

Vladimir Morozov:

”I had the 100m before, the time is great and I’m very happy now. We wanted to finish these championships with a great success. We all came into this race with very different emotions, we wanted to be fast, and we were!”

Silver: Hungary 1:32.10

Richard Bohus

”I knew we were able to get a medal here, I told the guys that! I pumped myself up, I told myself to do anything for these boys. I swam like hell, I lowered my personal best but this was a true team effort, for us a win.”

Bronze: Belarus 1:32.29

Viktar Staselovich:

”UN-BE-LIE-VABLE! We still cannot believe this! What we could see on the screen, the three DSQs… It was a very tough race, maybe by tomorrow it’s going to sink in…”

 

Len

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