The second day of continued in the Israeli resort of Netanya 18th 2015 Shorte Course European Championships Russian team won two more bronze and one silver medal at last continental swim tournament of this year.
Vyacheslav Andrusenko divided third-fourth places in the final race in men’s 200 m free with Belgian Glenn Surgeloose, showing the same time of 1.45,55. A victory here gained to 29-year-old German veteran, born in the GDR, Paul Biedermann with 1.42,68, slightly ahead of the second prize-winner, one more representative of the Belgian Pieter Timmers (1.42,85).
Biedermann’s teammate, a World champion of Kazan-2015 Marco Koch confirmed his high class also at the European Championships in Israel, becoming the champion of the Old World in the 200 m breaststroke (2.00,53), confidently beating silver medallist Hungarian Daniel Gyurtu ( 2.01,99) and bronze Englishman Andrew Willis (2.02,76). Russian Oleg Kostin could not swim to the podium, finishing only the fourth with 2.03,58.
Alas, as the fourth, «passing money», as it was at the August’s World Aquatic 2015 Championships in Kazan, was Darya Ustinova (57.64) in the hundred-meter race in backstroke. At this distance his second title of the European champion won the all-conquering and tireless Magyar Katinka Hossshu with the result of 55.42. Silver posted by Alicia Chorts from Poland (57.17) and bronze took an Icelandic giantess Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir (57.42).
In the program of evening finals among men Katinka was supported by her teammates: David Verashto was the first in 400 m IM with the result of 4.02,43 and another great Hungarian swimmer, but named Cseh, Laslo, triumphantly won 100 m fly (49,33). Italian Matteo Rivolta finished the second with 49,79 and the bronze medal took Russian Nikita Konovalov (50,28).
The third medal (silver) went to the Russian team in the sharpest struggle against the Italian Aquatic Squadra Azzurra in mixed relay 4×50 m (1.38,36), which snatched the victory of our team with microscopic margin of 0.03 (!!!) second (1.38,33). Bronze award set Belarusian relay’s quartet (1.39,03).
Text: Serge Wodes / Photo: Michael Lewis