On the third day of continuing in the Israeli resort of Netanya the 18th LEN European Short Course Championship the young Russian swim team won more medals of all noble virtues.
In the morning session of qualifying heats incredible Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hossshu set another Championships’ record, this time in the 200 m backstroke, the only one aqua lady on the planet exchanging two-minute mark (1.59,95). Almost lost her forever (2.03,43), Russian 17-years-old Darya Ustinova, however, the second coming in the final, where she then confidently won the silver medal with better time of 2.01,57.
As to Hossshu, she legitimately posted a new gold European medal with a new best time of the Continental Championships with 1.59,84 and the bronze award, the second in the Promised Land’s meet, took Icelander (not herring, no!), the tallest swimmer of the tournament Osk Eyglo Gustafsdottir (2.03,53). Iron Magyar on it has not calmed down and after some thirty minutes, took another gold in the 100 m IM and broke her own World record with 56,67.
A little before one more bronze medal for Swim Russian roster won Veronika Popova in the «royal» women’s sprint freestyle 100 m with 52,02. Second time of the final (51,59) was posted by Dutch athlete with one of the longest name of the Championships Kromowidjojo Ramoni (51,59). A new champion of the Continent predictably became Sweden goldfish Sarah Sjёstrёm (51,37).
Then the all audience of the overflowing 25-meter pool of multi-sports complex of Netanya’s «Vintage Institute», welcomed standing the new European record and the second gold of the meet of 30-years-old Hungarian phenomenon, the most humble man of the World swim elite, Laszlo Cseh in the 200 m IM (1.51,36). The rest of the medals received German Philip Heintz, namesake of the World-famous ketchup (1.53,21) and his Portuguese namesake sensational Philip Diego Carvalho (1.53,45).
Silver in the final at one hundred meters back took Russian Stanislav Donets (50,30), behind a two times meet’s winner Radoslaw Kavecki from Poland (49,64). Bronze went to Britt Christoph Walker-Hebburn (50,35).
The phenomenal record in marathon swimming 1500 m free set 21-years-old World champion-2015 in Kazan Gregorio Paltrineri (14.08,06), silver won his teammate Gabrieri Detti (14.18,00), and the third place on the podium won unexpected Norwegian Henrik Krtistiansen (14.23,60).
Finally, our triumph! 19-years-old Eugeny Sedov in strong fight with his rivals won so expected gold crown of Israeli Euros in the men’s sprint of 50 m free with the result of 20,87, leaving the silver to Italian Marco Corsi (20,92) and bronze to Pole Sebastian Szcepanski (21,21).
The results of the last event of the day, women’s relay of 4×50 m freestyle: gold for the Italian Sirens (1.36,05), the Dutch Mermaids finished with silver (1.36,20) and bronze went to the Russian Beauties with 1.36,62.
Photo: Robert Stanton & Lapresse