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European Championships 2018 – Swimming facts & figures

Some interesting facts and figures – SWIMMING

Top nations

  • Russia returned to the top of the medal ranks for the first time since Eindhoven 2008. They finished with a tally of 10-10-6 now, ten years ago they produced a 8-7-4 tally.
  • The top three nations (RUS, 26 medals, GBR 24 medals, ITA 22 medals) captured 72 medals altogether in swimming, 55% of the entire collection.
  • 20 nations earned at least one medal, and 9 could capture at least one gold. Data from the previous editions: London 2016: 24 and 12. Berlin 2014: 20 and 13. Debrecen 2012: 23 and 13. Budapest 2010: 19 and 12.

Top individual tallies

  • Multi-medallists in Glasgow 2018

Most medals (incl. relays)

5: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze

Most golds

4: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE, all individual), Yulia Efimova (RUS), Adam Peaty (GBR)

Swimmers with 4 medals (at least 3 golds)

3 gold, 1 silver: Duncan W Scott (GBR), James Guy (GBR), Charlotte Bonnet (FRA)

Historical feats

  • With 4 more gold medals, Sarah Sjostrom improved her tally to 14 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronzes.
  • The Swede caught up Katinka Hosszu (HUN) who added one gold to her treasury in Glasgow and stands also with 14 titles but has less from the other medals (5 silvers, 2 bronzes)
  • Adam Peaty achieved his 4-gold tally in the third consecutive editions (50-100m breast, men’s medley relay, mixed medley relay).

Records beaten

LEN offers €10,000 for each WR broken and €5,000 for each ER broken.

Athletes representing two nations bettered WRs and ERs in Glasgow. GBR and Russia broke one WR apiece and 3 ERs apiece.

2 World Records

  • Adam Peaty (GBR), 200m breast, 57.10
  • Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 50m back, 24.00

6 European Records

  • Adam Peaty (GBR), 200m breast, 57.10
  • Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 50m back, 24.00
  • Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 200m back, 1:53.36
  • Anton Chupkov (RUS, 200m breast, 2:06.80
  • Georgia Davies (GBR), 50m back, 27.21
  • Great Britain 4x100m mixed medley relay, 3:40.18

Championship Records: 28

World Junior Records: 4

European Junior Records: 6

Men’s events

  • Italy won 5 of the last 8 editions in the men’s 100m free. Alessandro Miressi claimed his first senior title in majors.
  • Duncan W Scott became the second British winner of the 200m free since Paul Palmer’s triumph in 1997.
  • Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk is the first man to win the 400m and 800m free in the same edition. He had a silver in 1500m free – no man has achieved the 400-800-1500m treble at the Europeans so far.
  • Florian Wellbrock is the first German winner in the 1500m free since the great run of Jorg Hoffmann came to an end in 1995 (he won 4 straight titles).
  • Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov is the third man in history who achieved the 50m-100m backstroke double. Previous ones: Steve Theloke (GER) in 1999, Camille Lacourt (FRA) in 2010 and 2016.
  • With Kolesnikov’s double and Evgeny Rylov’s win in the 200m Russia managed to capture all three backstroke titles. The last time the same nation swept the back titles dates back to 1999 when the Germans had this feat (Stev Theloke 50-100, Ralf Braun 200)
  • Adam Peaty is the first swimmer who achieved a 50-100m double in any stroke in three consecutive editions. He has done in breaststroke (2014, 2016, 2018). Beforehand Ukraine’s Oleh Lisogor did it twice, also in breaststroke in 2002-2004.
  • The Brits achieved a 1-2 finish in the 100m breast in the third consecutive edition, this is a record among the men. So far three nations had back-to-back 1-2s in the men’s meets: Germany, 200m breast (1934-38) – Soviet Union 200m breast (1962-66) – Hungary, 400m IM (2010-12). Among the women the GDR era produced longer 1-2 dominations (7 editions: 200m fly, 1974-89, 6 editions: 100m fly 1974-87, 400m IM 1970-85) and five more events had 5 consecutive gold-silver finishes for the East Germans.
  • Hungary improved its record among the men with the longest winning streak in the same event: the Magyar swimmers won the 8th straight gold in the 400m IM (Laszlo Cseh 5, 2004-2012, David Verraszto 3, 2014-18). Again, among the women the GDR had a longer streak (10 in 100m free, 1962-1989), and the same 8 in 200m free, 400m free, 800m free, 200m IM (all in 1970-89).
  • Hungary’s legend Laszlo Cseh left the pool empty-handed at a long-course Europeans for the first time in his illustrious career: the 32.5 year-old won at least two medals (apart from 2014 at least 2 gold medals) in each edition since 2004. In fact, this was his first-ever senior long-course meet (including Olympics and World Championships) since 2003 without a medal. Here in Glasgow he missed the cut in the 200m fly, came 8th in the 100m fly and couldn’t advance from the semis in the 50m fly.


Women’s events

  • Sarah Sjostrom is the 4th woman in history to achieve the sprinting double in freestyle (50-100) after Franziska van Almsick (GER) in 1993, Theresa Alshammar (SWE) in 2000 and Britta Steffen (GER) in 2010.
  • Sjostrom is the first swimmer ever achieving the double-double (50-100m free, 50-100m fly).
  • Italy’s Simona Quadarella repeated Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas’ feat from London 2016 by making the freestyle treble in the 400-800-1500m free.
  • Margharita Panziera (ITA) managed to better the longest living Championship Record while winning the 200m back in 2:06.18 – 5-time Olympic champion Krisztina Egerszegi’s time of 2:06.62 set in Athens 1991 lived for 27 years (18yrs as a world record, until 2009).
  • Yulia Efimova is the first woman since 1999 who completed the breaststroke treble (50-100-200m) after Agnes Kovacs (HUN). Nina Zhivanevskaya (ESP) achieved the same triple in the backstroke in 2000.
  • By winning the 200m IM in Glasgow, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) became the first female swimmer to win the same event in 5 consecutive editions (2010-2018). She joined compatriot Laszlo Cseh who achieved the same twice, in the 400m IM (2004-2012) and in the 200m IM (2006-2014).
  • France enjoyed a couple of premiéres in Glasgow: Charlotte Bonnet became the first Frenchwoman to win the 200m free and Fantine Lesaffre is also the nation’s first gold medallist in the 400m IM.
  • Great Britain managed to bag the first ever title in the women’s 4x200m free relay. The Brits are 3/3 in the mixed medley (since its inauguration in 2014 they won all three editions).