European Swimming Championships, Budapest, Day 2 Heats: Kristóf Milák Puts In 1:54 Opener & Greg Paltrinieri Scrapes Into 1500 Fight
May 18 – Day 2 action from the pool at the European Swimming Championships sees the start of the 200m butterfly campaign of pioneer of pace Kristóf Milák.
For many national also doubles as a qualifying event for the Covid-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The venue: the Duna Arena, scene of the 2017 World Championships and the 2020 International Swimming League Bubble of Budapest. Milák is already on the team for Tokyo.
So, too, is Gregorio Paltrinieri on the Italian team but the Olympic 1500m freestyle champion, who last week excellent in open water, including victories in the 5km, the 10km and the 5km team event, scraped into the 30-length final this morning. The showdown, which will go without the 2018 European and 2019 World champion Florian Wellbrock after the German ace opted to bypass the 1500m beyond his own podium-placing efforts at Lupa Beach last week, is tomorrow, providing Paltrinieri with one more day of what looked like much-needed rest… The qualifiers, led by Mykhaylo Romanchuk, of Ukraine and a man who did not opt into open water and enters the pool fray fresh:
|1||2||4||UKR||ROMANCHUK Mykhaylo||07 AUG 1996||0.74||14:52.07||q|
|2||2||7||FRA||JOLY Damien||04 JUN 1992||0.69||14:56.09||4.02||q|
|3||2||6||ITA||ACERENZA Domenico||19 JAN 1995||0.71||14:59.47||7.40||q|
|4||3||2||HUN||KALMAR Akos||11 JAN 2000||0.72||15:02.97||10.90||q|
|5||3||3||GBR||JERVIS Daniel||09 JUN 1996||0.68||15:07.54||15.47||q|
|6||2||5||NOR||CHRISTIANSEN Henrik||09 OCT 1996||0.72||15:08.28||16.21||q|
|7||3||4||ITA||PALTRINIERI Gregorio||05 SEP 1994||0.76||15:08.84||16.77||q|
|8||3||1||RUS||EGOROV Aleksandr||19 AUG 2001||0.79||15:09.95||17.88||q|
Day 2 heats were also marked by the exit of Benadetta Pilato as third Italian in the top four fastest in the 100m breaststroke (see potted reports below) and a speedy 47.53 from Kliment Kolesnikov in the heats of the 100m freestyle, the Russian heading into the evening with a 50m backstroke final, a day after a 23.93 World record in semis, and the semis of the 100m freestyle.
The fast heats of the 100m freestyle:
The Six-Gold Nationals Of Milák – & A Fine Start At Europeans
After warming up in the 400m freestyle heats yesterday, butterfly ace Kristóf Milák gets his home European campaign truly underway this morning in the heats of the 200m butterfly. In March, he ended his 2021 Hungarian Championships campaign in the most fitting of fashions after five days of gauntlet chucking in the same Duna Arena pool in Budapest, a 50.47 national record in the 100m butterfly following a 1:46.15 triumph in the 200m freestyle taking his tally of gold to six.
There were victories in the 50, 100, 200 and 400m freestyle and the 100 and 200m butterfly, his effort in the latter his fastest since he lifted the World title in a shuddering global standard of 1:50.71. At Olympic trials in March, Milák clocked 22.19 for victory over 50m freestyle and then scorched a 1:51.40 over 200m butterfly in the same session.
This morning, Milák got the blood racing with a 48.72 in 100m free heats. He was third Hungarian home, perhaps by design, perhaps with a nod to the race to come and where his ambitions really rest: 1:54.38 over 200m butterfly would be a national record in the bulk of swimming nations around the world. Indeed, the domestic high bar is higher in just 9 nations beyond Hungary, the flag-bearer of the best ever, the 1:50.73 clocked by Milak at 2019 World titles in Gwangju when he took down the 2009 World record of Michael Phelps.
On the second morning of action at what is the first major international championship since the 2019 World Championships before the COVID-19 pandemic, only two events lead directly to a final: the men’s 1500m freestyle showdown unfolds tomorrow evening after prelims today – and the novel 4x200m freestyle mixed, which is not a global event, the final of which will be done by the end of play this evening.
The swim meet stretches across seven days in traditional format of morning heats, from 10am local time each day, and evening finals, from 6pm local time each day. The livestream of the event is subject to broadcast rights but is available through the EBU/Eurovision link below. National broadcasts on mainstream media are also available far and wide (check local guides) among the 50-plus countries that form the membership of the European Swimming League (LEN).
Day 2 Heats: Men’s 100m Freestyle; Women’s 100m Breaststroke; Men’s 200m Butterfly; Women’s 50m Backstroke; Mixed 4×200 m Freestyle; Men’s 1500m Freestyle
See Tokyo 2020 Table of Target Times below qualifiers / + Links to day 1 coverage
Day 2 Qualifiers for Finals:
Mixed 4x200m freestyle: Great Britain led the way into the final of an event that is unique in championship waters – only in Europe. Down the years, Europe has led the drive to add evermore events to the program. In the mix of the debate about whether that has been wise is the question of how much swimming’s bolt-on diet has served to water the sport down and render medal-count comparisons evermore irrelevant and potential medal hauls evermore ridiculous. On the European program, a swimmer such as Katie Ledecky could have 11 chances of gold, assuming she could climb out of the water after final No8-9 or so …
Anyhow, this morning, the clocked stopped at 7:34.64 for Calum Jarvis (1:49.68), Joe Litchfield (1:47.55), Lucy Hope (1:59.70) and Abbie Wood (1:57.71). Litchfield contributed to Britain’s silver in the 4x100m free, while Hope and Wood raced to gold with mates in the women’s 4x100m free, yesterday.
The British record stands at 7:29.72, which was good for bronze in the inaugural event courtesy of Stephen Milne (1:47.77), Craig McLean (1:48.34) Kathryn Greenslade (1:57.81) and Freya Anderson (1:55.80). That time is ripe for crushing this evening, as is the championship record and World best of 7:28.43, establishing for Glasgow 2018 gold by Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann (1:46.52) Henning Mühlleitner (1:47.32), Reva Foos (1:58.25) and Annika Bruhn (1:56.34).
|1||1||5||GREAT BRITAIN JARVIS Calum – 12 MAY 1992LITCHFIELD Joe – 08 JUL 1998HOPE Lucy – 30 JAN 1997WOOD Abbie – 02 MAR 1999|
|2||2||3||ITALY PIROZZI Stefania – 16 DEC 1993DI COLA Stefano – 11 DEC 1998MEGLI Filippo – 10 MAY 1997GAILLI Sara – 23 DEC 2001|
|3||2||4||DENMARK GADGAARD Mikkel – 03 MAY 1999HANSEN Andreas – 25 AUG 2000BACH Helena Rosendahl – 12 JUN 2000MORTENSEN Amalie Soeby – 11 OCT 2001|
|4||1||6||ISRAEL LOKTEV Denis – 04 JUN 2000COHEN GROUMI Gal – 22 APR 2002GORBENKO Anastasia – 07 AUG 2003MUREZ Andrea – 29 JAN 1992|
|5||2||2||HUNGARY HOLLO Balazs – 10 FEB 1999ZOMBORI Gabor – 08 OCT 2002VERRASZTO Evelyn – 17 JUL 1989FABIAN Fanni – 30 OCT 2002|
|6||1||4||RUSSIA GIREV Ivan – 29 JUN 2000RYLOV Evgeny – 23 SEP 1996KAMENEVA Maria – 27 MAY 1999SURKOVA Arina – 17 JUL 1998|
|7||2||5||TURKEY UENLUE Baturalp – 09 JUL 2002TURAN Efe – 17 SEP 2000TUNCEL Merve – 01 JAN 2005ERTAN Deniz – 01 JAN 2004|
|8||2||6||IRELAND MCCUSKER Max – 11 SEP 1999HYLAND Brendan – 23 SEP 1994TRAIT Naomi – 25 AUG 2003CATTERSON Victoria – 25 MAR 2001|
Day 2 Qualifiers For Semis:
Men’s 100m freestyle: The four-per-nation rule was put to good use by the members of the Russian, British and Italian 4×100 podium quartets of yesterday, ensuring that, with only two allowed to go through to the semis from each country, the last man in finishing 21st this morning. At the helm of pace in the last heat and all heats was the man who broke the 50 backstroke World record in semis last night, Kliment Kolesnikov, on 47.53, his Russia teammate Andrei Minakov having cracked 48 in heat 8, while Alessandro Miressi, on 47s twice yesterday leading off Italy’s relay, was the last inside 48 this morning, on 47.81 behind Kolesnikov.
No Duncan Scott for Britain, but Tom Dean and teenager Matt Richards made the cut. The rule on numbers per nation meant that Vladislav Grinev‘s 48.36 in 6th and Andrey Zhilkin‘s 48.40 in 9th marked the end of their 100m ambitions at the championships.
|1||10||4||RUS||KOLESNIKOV Kliment||09 JUL 2000||0.65||47.53||q|
|2||10||3||ITA||MIRESSI Alessandro||02 OCT 1998||0.71||47.81||0.28||q|
|3||8||4||RUS||MINAKOV Andrei||17 MAR 2002||0.64||47.88||0.35||q|
|4||10||1||SRB||BARNA Andrej||02 MAR 1998||0.63||48.17||0.64||q|
|5||7||5||ROU||POPOVICI David||15 SEP 2004||0.66||48.30||0.77||q|
|6||9||4||RUS||GRINEV Vladislav||21 JUL 1996||0.63||48.36||0.83|
|6||10||2||FRA||GROUSSET Maxime||24 APR 1999||0.69||48.36||0.83||q|
|8||8||5||HUN||NEMETH Nandor||19 NOV 1999||0.63||48.38||0.85||q|
|9||8||2||RUS||ZHILKIN Andrey||09 MAR 1995||0.78||48.40||0.87|
|10||8||7||SUI||MITYUKOV Roman||30 JUL 2000||0.56||48.56||1.03||q|
|11||10||6||HUN||SZABO Szebasztian||11 MAR 1996||0.59||48.59||1.06||q|
|12||9||6||GBR||DEAN Thomas||02 MAY 2000||0.64||48.66||1.13||q|
|13||9||5||HUN||MILAK Kristof||20 FEB 2000||0.68||48.72||1.19|
|14||9||3||GBR||RICHARDS Matthew||17 DEC 2002||0.62||48.73||1.20||q|
|15||7||3||SUI||DJAKOVIC Antonio||08 OCT 2002||0.66||48.74||1.21||q|
|16||9||7||NED||PIJNENBURG Stan||04 NOV 1996||0.62||48.76||1.23||q|
|17||9||1||GBR||WHITTLE Jacob||25 SEP 2004||0.72||48.78||1.25|
|18||10||8||ITA||ZAZZERI Lorenzo||09 AUG 1994||0.60||48.80||1.27||q|
|19||8||6||ITA||FRIGO Manuel||18 FEB 1997||0.63||48.90||1.37|
|20||4||5||SWE||SEELIGER Bjoern||11 JAN 2000||0.63||48.98||1.45||q|
|21||8||3||UKR||SHEVTSOV Sergii||29 JUN 1998||0.64||49.02||1.49||q|
Women’s 100m breaststroke: What will Italy do now? Presumably stick to its original decision, which was to select Benedetta Pilato for the 100m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics from a swim swum last December. She then finished third at Italian trials last month and this morning Arianna Castiglioni clocked 1:05.98 in the last heat as the only sub-1:06 swimmer. Teammate Martina Carraro had clocked 1:06.26 in heat 5, which was 0.06sec ahead of Pilato in heat 4. The 10 following Castiglioni through were all on 1:06s. Tight fight ahead for places in the final.
|1||6||5||ITA||CASTIGLIONI Arianna||15 AUG 1997||0.66||1:05.98||q|
|2||5||4||ITA||CARRARO Martina||21 JUN 1993||0.63||1:06.26||0.28||q|
|3||4||5||SWE||HANSSON Sophie||02 AUG 1998||0.73||1:06.34||0.36||q|
|3||4||4||ITA||PILATO Benedetta||18 JAN 2005||0.69||1:06.34||0.36|
|5||3||7||SWE||FAST Emelie||20 FEB 2004||0.65||1:06.64||0.66||q|
|6||5||5||RUS||CHIKUNOVA Evgeniia||17 NOV 2004||0.69||1:06.76||0.78||q|
|7||5||3||GBR||VASEY Sarah||29 AUG 1996||0.67||1:06.85||0.87||q|
|8||4||3||SUI||MAMIE Lisa||27 OCT 1998||0.75||1:06.86||0.88||q|
|9||5||6||GBR||RENSHAW Molly||06 MAY 1996||0.68||1:06.93||0.95||q|
|10||6||4||RUS||EFIMOVA Yuliya||03 APR 1992||0.71||1:06.97||0.99||q|
|10||6||3||IRL||MC SHARRY Mona||21 AUG 2000||0.67||1:06.97||0.99||q|
|12||6||6||ESP||VALL MONTERO Jessica||22 NOV 1988||0.69||1:07.03||1.05||q|
|13||5||7||ITA||ANGIOLINI Lisa||29 JUN 1995||0.71||1:07.04||1.06|
|14||6||2||EST||JEFIMOVA Eneli||27 DEC 2006||0.73||1:07.15||1.17||q|
|15||4||2||FIN||HULKKO Ida||12 DEC 1998||0.71||1:07.25||1.27||q|
|16||6||7||NED||SCHOUTEN Tes||31 DEC 2000||0.67||1:07.45||1.47||q|
|17||4||6||RUS||BELONOGOFF Tatiana||16 JUL 2001||0.66||1:07.65||1.67|
|18||4||9||ISR||GORBENKO Anastasia||07 AUG 2003||0.68||1:07.67||1.69||q|
Swim-Off: after both the following swimmers clocked 1:08.09 in heats …
(23 JAN 2002)
(15 AUG 1996)
Milak On The March
Men’s 200m butterfly: All eyes on Kristóf Milák, whose 1:54.38 this morning is faster than every national record in the world barring his own and that of 9 countries. In the heat before him Antani Ivanov lowered his own Bulgarian record from 1:55.5 to 1:54.72. Poland was the only nation with three in the hunt, Krzysztof Chmielewski, 1:55.46, and Jakub Majerski, 1:56.27, the two who go through. Assuming all goes to plan in semis, Milák will be the man to beat, with a pre-battle advantage on the clock of 4sec over next best going in.
|1||4||4||HUN||MILAK Kristof||20 FEB 2000||0.67||1:54.38||q|
|2||3||3||BUL||IVANOV Antani||17 JUL 1999||0.66||1:54.72||0.34||q|
|3||2||3||POL||CHMIELEWSKI Krzysztof||18 NOV 2004||0.64||1:55.46||1.08||q|
|4||2||6||SUI||PONTI Noe||01 JUN 2001||0.68||1:55.67||1.29||q|
|5||2||4||ITA||BURDISSO Federico||20 SEP 2001||0.69||1:55.73||1.35||q|
|6||4||1||POL||MAJERSKI Jakub||18 AUG 2000||0.69||1:56.27||1.89||q|
|7||3||6||FRA||MARCHAND Leon||17 MAY 2002||0.65||1:56.33||1.95||q|
|8||4||7||ITA||CARINI Giacomo||02 JUL 1997||0.64||1:56.69||2.31||q|
|9||3||4||HUN||KENDERESI Tamas||13 DEC 1996||0.72||1:57.02||2.64||q|
|10||3||0||POL||CHRZANOWSKI Damian||07 JUN 1998||0.70||1:57.18||2.80|
|11||3||5||RUS||KUDASHEV Alexander||05 DEC 1995||0.75||1:57.19||2.81||q|
|12||4||6||BEL||CROENEN Louis||03 JAN 1994||0.68||1:57.31||2.93||q|
|13||4||5||UKR||KESIL’ Denys||26 OCT 2000||0.67||1:57.32||2.94||q|
|14||4||2||UKR||TROYANOVS’KYY Igor||09 AUG 2002||0.74||1:57.38||3.00||q|
|15||3||1||EST||ZIRK Kregor||03 JUL 1999||0.63||1:57.56||3.18||q|
|16||1||7||MDA||SANCOV Alexei||15 OCT 1999||0.68||1:57.78||3.40||q|
|17||3||2||GER||KLENZ Ramon||02 AUG 1998||0.70||1:57.96||3.58||q|
Women’s 50m backstroke: Kathleen Dawson took down her own Scottish record with a 27.29, just 0.08sec shy of the British record establishing established by Georgia Davies for the 2018 European title in Glasgow.
|1||6||6||GBR||DAWSON Kathleen||03 OCT 1997||0.56||27.29 Sco Rec||q|
|2||6||4||NED||TOUSSAINT Kira||22 MAY 1994||0.49||27.60||0.31||q|
|3||4||4||NED||DE WAARD Maaike||11 OCT 1996||0.61||27.84||0.55||q|
|4||5||4||RUS||FESIKOVA Anastasia||08 MAY 1990||0.70||27.86||0.57||q|
|5||6||3||FIN||JALLOW Mimosa||17 JUN 1994||0.56||27.97||0.68||q|
|6||6||5||AUT||PILHATSCH Caroline||01 MAR 1999||0.58||28.02||0.73||q|
|7||6||7||NOR||LOEYNING Ingeborg V.||13 SEP 2000||0.60||28.05||0.76||q|
|7||4||3||POL||TCHORZ Alicja||13 AUG 1992||0.59||28.05||0.76||q|
|9||5||2||GBR||WILD Cassie||12 JUN 2000||0.57||28.11||0.82||q|
|10||5||6||SUI||KOST Nina||17 APR 1995||0.60||28.27||0.98||q|
|11||5||5||ITA||SCALIA Silvia||16 JUL 1995||0.57||28.28||0.99||q|
|12||4||5||CZE||KUBOVA BAUMRTOVA Simona||24 AUG 1991||0.55||28.30||1.01||q|
|13||6||2||ITA||PANZIERA Margherita||12 AUG 1995||0.62||28.31||1.02||q|
|14||4||2||BLR||SHKURDAI Anastasiya||03 JAN 2003||0.62||28.33||1.04||q|
|15||4||7||GRE||DRAKOU Theodora||06 FEB 1992||0.55||28.39||1.10||q|
|16||5||3||DEN||JENSEN Julie Kepp||03 JAN 2000||0.58||28.40||1.11||q|
Day 1 Coverage
- Great Britain Claim First Gold In 4x100m Free Since Inaugural Crown In 1927, Hope, Hopkin, Wood & Anderson On National Record For Tokyo Ticket
- Katinka Hosszú Matches Yana Klochkova For Record Fourth European 400IM Gold On Way To A Shot At Ukraine Star’s Quadruple Olympic Height
- European Swimming Championships, Budapest, Day 1 Heats: Hosszu & Detti Claim Lane 4 For Finals As Peaty Leads The Charge In Heated 100 Breaststroke