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D13 Budapest 2021 – FLASH QUOTES

Mixed 4x100m free relay

GOLD Great Britain 3:22.07 =CR

Anna Hopkin: “I’m really happy with this race, that was the second one in the evening and the second medal so it’s a pretty good day. We were all just very relaxed and trusted each other to do our job. We got a great team atmosphere, we got going from Day 1 and carried that momentum throughout the week.”

Thomas Dean: “Yes, we have so much fun and so much momentum. It’s unlike I’ve ever experienced before. It’s really exciting that every time we get out there, it feels like something special happens in the relay. It’s been a tough year for all of us, we were out of the water for ten weeks, had no competition and some of us even had Covid. But this shows that we, as a team, can overcome anything thrown our way and still deliver when it matters. This is the most special thing about this team. I’m honoured to be part of it.”

SILVER Netherlands 3:22.26

Ranomi Kromowidjojo: “Today the British were too good, they did an amazing job, but at the same time we did great too and I’m very happy and proud to be part of this team today.”

Jesse Puts: “This medal means a lot to me, especially after this morning when I didn’t make the semis (in the 50m free). This medal is like a relief. I’m so happy with this silver.”

BRONZE Italy 3:22.64

Federica Pellegrini: “We are very satisfied, it was really amusing. The male part of the relay did great and we tried give a good fight up until the end. We are medallists here and we are very satisfied because in Glasgow we were not on the podium.”

Alessandro Miressi: “We were really great. This relay is very amusing, we did an excellent time, a new Italian record. I’m really happy.”

Thomas Ceccon: “I’m very-very satisfied, personally, I’m also really happy that I have improved my time from this morning. This was my first mixed relay and it was a lot of fun. We tried to keep up till the end, plus I must say that it’s really great when you are done with your leg and cheer for your team-mates, especially when they are women.”

Men’s 200m back

GOLD Evgeny Rylov (RUS) 1:54.46 – “I’m satisfied with this result. I was able to keep my focus in the race so it was good. I wanted to show my best but now it’s quite difficult because we are training a lot for the Olympics.”

SILVER Luke Greenbank (GBR) 1:54.62 – “It was a really difficult race. I swam 1:54 twice in two days which is better than what I had expected. Yet, I was so close, to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed, but I suffered an injury between the British nationals and coming here and my only goal was to give my best. Ultimately, this exceeded my expectations so I’m really-really happy.”

BRONZE Roman Mityukov (SUI) 1:56.33 – “It’s incredible, it’s only my second event at my first senior European Championships! I could have never believed that I could win a medal. During the race I didn’t think I could do it. I’m very tired but of course extremely happy to touch in third.”

Women’s 200m IM

GOLD Anastasia Gorbenko (ISR) 2:09.99 – “What an incredible feeling, I can believe it! This is my new personal best. I didn’t believe that I could do it or be as successful in the senior competition as a Youth Olympic champion. I still can’t believe this and I try to grasp the whole thing. This is all so new to me!”

SILVER Abbie Wood (GBR) 2:10.03 – “I’m really happy with this medal, this my first European podium as an individual. It’s been a hard and intense week for all of team GB but obviously, the results show that we are going to do good in the summer. It’s just been race after race, I’m trying to get as much experience as possible.”

BRONZE Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:10.12 – “I don’t really care about stats, there is no such thing that someone is unbeaten as you win races and lose races, no matter of the event. If I told I was dissatisfied with my 200m fly because I didn’t feel I gave everything, then now I have to say that this was a good swim. I came from a pretty hard training camp so I lack the speed what the others had today but I’m not worrying. I can tell you I’m standing right now exactly there where I have to be at this stage, I have time to work hard and there are a lot more races ahead which is the most important part of the preparations.”

Men’s 800m free

GOLD Mykhaylo Romanchuk (UKR) 7:42.62 – “I’m very happy, my first target was this 800m. I had to train three weeks without my coach because he was sick with Covid, so he sent me the training plan by e-mail but it was really hard to train alone. So I’m really happy with my time and my race and now we can start preparing for the Olympics.”

SILVER Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 7:43.62 – “I’m very satisfied. The last two weeks have been full of races and obligations like the open water races and the two events here and I’m very tired. I’m extremely happy with my time which is a lot better than my qualifying time. This means that I’m continuing to grow. Now I do some hard training on altitude, in the mountains and then comes Tokyo.”

BRONZE Gabriele Detti (ITA) 7:46.10 – “I’m happy to be on the podium again, especially after what happened on Monday night (in the 400m). I’m working a lot now, I’m not in my best condition, so I’m satisfied with the medal and the time, which is fine at this stage.”

Women’s 100m free

GOLD Femke Heemskerk (NED) 53.05 – “I’m crying, yes… This is my first individual gold medal. I was working a lot for this event, I’m the oldest in this field but I have a motto: never give up!”

SILVER Marie Wattel (FRA) 53.32 – “I’m a little bit disappointed, I thought I could win this gold, but I feel tired as this week goes along. To get two titles would have been the dream but it was just a bit too complicated. I just need to be a little more patient with myself, it’s already good to get this time multiple occasions this year, so now I just go back to training and work harder to get under the 53sec mark.”

BRONZE Anna Hopkin (GBR) 53.43 – “I’m so-so happy, this is my first individual international medal. The time is not far from my persona best which is 53.2. I feel great but now I have to run because I have a relay to swim.”

Men’s 50m breast

GOLD Adam Peaty (GBR) 26.21 – “I’m pretty happy, it was almost perfect execution. If I can do these times in the 50m, it looks very promising for my other races and for the future. Obviously, my life has changed a lot since I became a Dad. Basically, he is my sole motivation now and I want to be the best inspiration I can be for him. I wanted to show that you can even give your best when the times are tough.”

SILVER Ilya Shymanovich (BLR) 26.55 – “I’m very happy because this is my first medal in a long-course European Championships. I want to say thank to my family and I want to dedicate this medal to my first coach because I know that she is extremely happy now. I don’t have enough words to be grateful for everyone who supported me.”

BRONZE Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) 26.68 – “I’m sort of satisfied but a little bit less with time. However, given that this is my first individual medal at senior level, I’m very happy and satisfied at the end. I have one more race tomorrow, it’s relay.”