Great Britain Tops The Medals Table As Freya Anderson Delivers Gold No9 & Italy Roar Home With Rush Of 6 Titles On Last Day At Euro S/C
Great Britain topped the medals table ahead of Italy and France at the European Short-Course Championships in Romania this evening as Freya Anderson delivered the ninth title for the national squad on a day that witnessed the first World swim recorded for an Irishman, Daniel Wiffen. Anderson led a 200m freestyle podium that also featured teammate Freya Colbert, the champion on 1:52.16 after she’d take the lead with just over a lap to go, her fellow Brit on 1:54.07 for bronze, and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Seemanova splitting the difference for silver in 1:52.66 after leading for six of the eight lengths.
Six Golds For Italy
Silvers for Luke Greenbank in the 200m backstroke and Duncan Scott in the 400IM concluded the podium entertainment for Britain on a last day in Otopeni on which Italy planned for more gold in one session that any other nation had all week long: by the close, the Italians were six titles to the good for a total of eight, one more than France in the top three on the medals table behind Britain.
The balance of wins for Italy over France, which was in with a shout for gold in a few events but came away with one title on the last day, courtesy of Maxime Grousset in the 100m free, left Britain’s eight wins with a day to go sufficient to top the championship table.
Nicolo Martinenghi‘s victory in the 50m breaststroke was followed by Anderson’s win, which gave way to three victories in succession for the Italy squad: Lorenzo Mora pipped Greenbank in the 200m backstroke, then Simona Quadarella pipped Anastasia Kirpichnikova, of France, in the 400m freestyle, before Alberto Razzetti took down Laszlo Cseh‘s 400IM shiny suits mark from 2009 on 3:57 ahead of Scott, and Benedetta Pilato celebrated for all of them with a championship record of 28.86 ahead of 100m winner Eneli Jefimova in the 100m breaststroke. The last gold for Italy was a fitting shared effort between the women and men on the team, at the helm of the 4x50m mixed medley, with Martinenghi and Mora collecting their second title apiece on the day.
M50 breaststroke: Martinenghi and Cerasuolo deliver Italy 1-2
M200m Back: Mora, Greenbank & Tomas 0.12sec Apart – in that order
W400 Free: Quadarella Gets The Nod By 0.06sec In Battle With Kirpichnikova
M400IM: Razetti Takes Down Cseh’s 2009 Shiny Best CR – Silver For Scott
W50 breaststroke: PIlato Keeps Jefimova At Bay In 28.86CR
Mixed 4×50 medley: Mora, Martineghi, Di Pietro & Nocentini Grab Gold Ahead Of France
The Rest of The Finals:
Men 100m medley: Austria’s Reithammer halts Ponti’s Four-Gold Prospect
M100m free: Maxime Grousset By 0.05 Over Miressi, Popovici From 7th to Bronze On Last lap