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Euro Champs Budapest 2021 – facts and figures

SWIMMING

Top nations

• For the first time after Berlin 2014, Great Britain topped the medal chart in swimming. They won a record number of titles, 11. In 2014 they finished with a tally of 9-7-8 (24), repeated that in Glasgow 2018, now they claimed 11-9-6, 26 in total.

• Russia, topping the ranks in Glasgow with 10-10-6 (26), now took the 2nd place with 9-5-8 (22).

• Italy won the most medals in total, 27 (5-9-13) – they were 6-5-11 (22) in 2018.

• Both GB’s 11 titles and Italy’s 27 medals in total is a record since the mixed relay events have been inaugurated in 2014.

• GB also set a new record by winning 7 relay titles out of 9 (finished 7-2-0 in relay, Russia 2-2-1, Italy 0-1-7, Netherlands 0-3-0). •

The top three nations combined medal tally (GBR 26, RUS 22, ITA 27) shows a growing dominance: they took 75 medals altogether, 58% of the medals handed over. In Glasgow they had 72 medals, 55%.

• The number of nations earning at least one medal is one more, 21, compared to Glasgow, and the number of nations earning at least one title, 13, tied the record from 2012 and 2014. Data from the previous editions: Glasgow 2018: 20/9 London 2016: 24/12. Berlin 2014: 20/13. Debrecen 2012: 23/13. Budapest 2010: 19/12.

Multiple individual titles

Triple Simona Quadarella (ITA) W 400m-800m-1500m free

Double Martin Malyutin (RUS) M 200-400m free, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) M 100m free, 50m back, Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) M 800-1500m free, Adam Peaty (GBR) M 50-100m breast, Kristof Milak (HUN) M 100m-200m, fly Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) W 50m free-50m fly

Records beaten

3 World Records (also ER and CR) – LEN offers €10,000 for each

• Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 50m back, 23.93

• Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 50m back, 23.80

• Benedetta Pilato (ITA), 50m breast, 29.30 (also WJR, EJR)

2 European Records (also CR) – LEN offers €5,000 for each

• Kathleen Dawson (GBR) 100m back, 58.08 (in the medley relay)

• Great Britain 4x100m mixed medley relay, 3:38.82

Championship Records (incl. above): 18, 3 tied World Junior Records (also EJR): 4

Historical feats

• GB’s Adam Peaty achieved his 4-gold tally in the fourth consecutive edition (50-100m breast, men’s medley relay, mixed medley relay), so he passed Laszlo Cseh on the all-time ranks with 16 golds. Cseh has more medals (23 – 14-4-5) and all his golds are individual ones, which is still the best effort in that regard. The all-time ranks are topped by Russian legend Alexander Popov with 26 medals (21-3-2), he had 10 individual and 11 relay wins.

• Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu retook the title of the most decorated female swimmer at the Europeans: she stands with a total of 24 medals (15-6-3), Sweden Sarah Sjostrom – skipping the meet after her winter accident – has 23 (14-6-3). In the all-time title race Franziska van Almsick is still ahead with 18 golds altogether, though most of those came from relays (11), while Sjostrom won all her 14 titles in individual races, and Hosszu has 13 individual golds and 2 relay wins.

• Simona Quadarella is the first woman ever to make the 400-800-1500m treble at back-to-back editions – she also won all three events in Glasgow.

• One historical streak halted – Katinka Hosszu couldn’t expand her winning streak to 6 in the 200m IM, she came third this time. Her 5-in-a-row streak (2010-2018) is still a record in the championships history, tied with compatriot Laszlo Cseh, who has two 5ers: in the 200m IM (2006-2014) and in the 400m IM (2004-2012). In the current field Adam Peaty got close to the 5ers’ club: he has 4 straight wins both in the 50m and 100m breast.

• As of today, no one stands with 3 wins in a row, 7 swimmers had titledefences, one, Quadarella, in 3 events – so here are the streaks just started to be built: Mykhaylo Romanchuk (UKR) 800m free, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 50m back, Anton Chupkov (RUS) 200m breast, Kristof Milak (HUN) 200m fly, Simona Quadarella (ITA), 400m free, 800m free, 1500m free, Margherita Panziera (ITA) 200m back, Boglarka Kapas (HUN) 200m fly.

• Strokes dominated by nations (men, women combined):

+ Freestyle: 3 wins for RUS, 3 for ITA, 2 for NED

+ Backstroke: 2 for RUS

+ Breaststroke: 3 for GBR

+ Butterfly: 4 for HUN (all three men’s events)

First-ever/long-time-no-see

• First-ever titles

+ Robert-Andrei Glinta – first male Romanian European champion in history (100m back)

+ Anastasia Gorbenko – first female Israeli European champion in history (200m IM) + Anna Ntountounaki – first female Greek European champion in history (100m fly)

+ Hugo Gonzalez – first Spanish title (medal) ever in 200m IM (first male ESP gold since 2010)

+ Szebasztian Szabo – first Hungarian title ever in 50m fly

+ Ari-Pekka Liukkonen – first Finn title ever in the 50m free and first-ever in freestyle events, first gold for FIN since 2002.

+ Barbora Seemanova – first ever Czech title in 200m free and in freestyle, first medal in free since 1993, first title since 2012.

• First-ever medals

+ Felix Aubock – first Austrian medal in 400m free and in freestyle ever, first male Austrian on podium since 2012

+ Josif Miladinov – first ever Bulgarian male to win a medal at the Europeans (silver in 100m fly), first Bulgarian medal since 1991.