European Short-Course: Day 3 Prelims Get Under Way In Otopeni
It was the morning after a thrilling night before as day three of prelims get under way at the European Short-Course Championships in Otopeni, Romania.
Noe Ponti returns after setting a European 100 fly record of 48.47 en-route to gold, the Swiss swimmer going in the 200.
Olympic and world silver medallist Duncan Scott starts his individual campaign in the 200IM while Eneli Jefimova is back at the Aquatics Complex of Otopeni after her emotional 100m breaststroke gold.
Women’s 100m Freestyle
Anna Hopkin headed the field in 51.79 ahead of Freya Anderson (52.69) as two British women filled the top two slots.
Barbora Seemanova (52.80) was third through with Michelle Coleman progressing in 52.84 the morning after becoming the 50 free champion.
Men’s 200m Individual Medley
Scott was the quickest, heading the entire field by 1.61secs in 1:52.90 with three Britons in the top five.
Joe Litchfield (1:54.51), defending champion and European record-holder Andreas Vazaios (1:54.63) and Danys Rapsys (1:54.72) all progressed.
Fukuoka worlds bronze medallist Tom Dean though missed out because of the two-per-nation rule, finishing in 1:54.74, 0.23 adrift of Litchfield.
Women’s 200m Breaststroke
Tes Schouten, bronze medallist at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, led the way in 2:20.38 the morning after 100 bronze.
Thea Blomsterberg of Denmark was second through in 2:20.82.
Men’s 100m Backstroke
Mewen Tomac returned after winning the 50 back gold to head the field in 52.47 ahead of Yohann Ndoye Brouard who clocked 50.60 in 50.60 as two Frenchmen filled the top two slots into the semis.
Andrei Ungar of Romania was third through in 50.61 with Luke Greenbank (50.82) and Ole Braunschweig (50.96) the other men inside 51secs.