Noe Ponti First Swiss Holder Of Euro S/C Record With 48.47 Blast For Continental 100 ‘Fly Crown
Noe Ponti, of Switzerland, scorched up to third-best in history over 100m butterfly with a 48.47 European record for the continental short-course crown on day 2 of finals in Otopeni.
The Olympic bronze medallist at Tokyo2020ne, Ponti arrived in Romania with a career best of 48.81, the eighth-best ever, from last year, but that was put on notice twice today: first in heats, when Ponti cracked his national record in 48.61 and then by the pace of the first 50m as three men raced inside European and Championship-record pace.
Ponti and was the third of them at the half-way turn , on 22.68, 0.02sec from France’s World long-course champion Maxime Grousset, who in turn was 0.02sec adrift Britain’s Jacob Peters.
Those three would take the podium but it was Ponti who had the gold in his grasp by the end of the third lap, his 12.76 sprint to the last turn drawing Grousset with him as Jacobs, still flowing strongly, slipped half a second off the lead pace. Grousset took silver in 49.00, Peters the bronze in 49.98.
No man got inside 13sec in the hunt for home but Ponti was in a league of his own, a 13.03 delivering gold in 48.47, 0.01sec inside the European standard that had stood to Evgeny Korotyshkin since the last season of shiny suits in 2009.
The New all-time Top 5:
- 47.78 DRESSEL Caeleb USA
- 48.08 LE CLOS Chad RSA
- 48.47 SHIELDS Tom USA & Noe Ponti SUI
- 48.48 KOROTYSHKIN Evgenii RUS
- 48.64 RIVOLTA Matteo ITA
Ponti is the first Swiss holder of the standard, his time the 18th record since Michael “The Albatross” Gross converted a European unofficial best to the inaugural continental mark when LEN, the European Swimming League, now European Aquatics, started to recognise the 25m pool as an official measure.
At the time, Korotyshkin’s 48.48 was also the World record for a Russian sprinter based with Andrea di Nino, an Italian coach since lost to the sport and now thriving in basketball. Korotyshkin was a strong advocate for clean sport in a country where the topic of anti-doping was been a hard sell for many years leading up top Russia’s current suspension from sport as a result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Only two men had held the record three times: Korotyshkin and Britain’s James Hickman before him.
In other finals:
W100m Breaststroke: Gold For Jefimova
Eneli Jefimova, of Estonia, has been building steadily for several years and today showed how the work is paying dividends: on a best time of 1:04 flat in heats, she crushed that for the title in 1:03.21 after zooming past Italy’s Benedetta Pilato, who struggled down the last lap after leading for the first three. Pilato hung on for silver in 1:03.76, Dutch challenger Tes Schouten third on 1:04.04, just 0.04sec up on Sweden’s Sophie Hansson.
Women 50m freestyle: Michelle Coleman Takes the Title for Sweden
Men 50m backstroke: France’s Mewen Tomac Tops The Bill As The Sole Sub-23sec Man
Women’s 800m freestyle: Anastasia Kirpichninova Makes it Two Golds For France
M4x50m Medley: Italy Keeps Peaty-less Britain At Bay
Semi-finals – top qualifiers for finals tomorrow:
Men 50m freestyle:
Women 200m butterfly
Men 100m Breaststroke:
Women 200m backstroke:
Women 100m Medley: