Pellegrini, Hosszu: gold and silver – for both
Three titles for the European athletes, two in the women’s individual finals at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Windsor, courtesy of Italy’s Federica Pellegrini and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu. Among the men, the Russians clinched the title in the men’s 4x100m free relay.
Two of the European greats gave a golden lining to the opening day of short-course Worlds in the transformed ice-rink in Windsor. Federica Pellegrini clinched the first gold in the 200m free, overtaking Katinka Hosszu on the last leg, gaining 1.1sec on her rival with a devastating finish.
Hosszu was back soon to grab gold in her trademark 400m IM. Despite earning loads of titles in this event, for her this was the first short-course world title after a bronze in Istanbul 2012 and silver in Doha 2014. Hosszu’s win was never in danger, in fact her winning margin was more than 6 seconds, half pool length.
Among the men, Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh came second in the 400m free, behind Korea’s 2012 Olympic champion Park Taehwan (who returned after a doping suspension) and ahead of Hungarian title-holder and European champion Peter Bernek. Russia added a gold in the session closing men’s 4x100m free relay, thanks to Vlad Morozov’s 45.42sec blast in the third leg which rocketed to the top after turning third at the half-way mark. France finished runner-up in this race.
Another silver went to the Old Continent earlier in the women’s 4x100m free relay thanks to the Italian quartet (securing a second medal to Pellegrini) – the Dutch were third in this event. Previously, in the last individual final of the day, Germany’s Philipp Heintz also came second in the men’s 200m IM. With Hungary’s ER-holder Laszlo Cseh skipping the championships, Europeans were closed out from the medals in the men’s 200m fly.
Still, the overall collection looks impressive, 3 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze – a 10-medal haul right on the first day, and plenty more are to come here in Windsor!