EUROPEAN RECORD FALLS AS ARENA SWIMMERS DIG FOR GOLD

20 AUGUST 2014

Gregorio Paltrinieri demolished the European 1,500m freestyle record as Arena swimmers enjoyed more success at the European Championships in Berlin.

Paltrinieri’s Italian team-mate Gabriele Detti was third in the same race as Arena swimmers occupied two-thirds of the podium at the Europa-Sportpark.

Sarah Sjostrom claimed her third title of the meet with gold in the 100m freestyle while Laszlo Cseh proved he is the king of the medley with his fifth straight 200m individual medley title and Yannick Agnel was third in the 200m freestyle

Paltrinieri was in a realm of his own as he touched in 14 minutes 39.93 seconds to slice almost three seconds off Yuri Prilukov’s 2008 European mark.

Paltrinieri was wearing the Limited Edition version of the Powerskin Carbon Flex, the pink suit clearly sitting well with the teenager who became the first European swimmer under the 14:40 mark.

The 19-year-old said: “I am very happy to have won this race. It was difficult to swim alone but I decided before to avoid some competitions to put my full concentration on this.

“I expected and hoped to get the record since I was very young. The time is a good time.”

Detti picked up his first senior international long-course medal with 14:52.53 for bronze.

Cseh was in a tight tussle tonight but the Hungarian dug into all his experience to claw his way to victory by 0.07 from Philip Heintz of Germany in 1:58.17.

He said: “That was an awesome race. I think it was one of my closest at Europeans.

“I am a bit tired which doesn’t make me happy – but the gold is a fine consolation after all.”

Sjostrom set a new championship record of 52.67 – the fastest time in the world this year – to add the 100m freestyle title to the golds she won in the 50m butterfly and the 4x100m freestyle relay with Sweden.

“I never know what to expect from myself anymore so I never put any special expectations on myself before I swim,” she smiled.

“I am very happy. I set a new championship record and a new personal best time as well.

“It’s a very good time. Still I have a lot to work on in my 100 freestyle: it is not my best event at all.”

Agnel came from fifth at the final turn to secure bronze in the 200m freestyle in 1:46.65.

The Olympic and world champion has not been at his peak in Berlin and he said: “I am more than very tired. It will take some time to come back to my best level.”

Sebastian Verschuren was sixth in 1:47.16.

Katinka Hosszu set a championship record of 2:08.41 in the 200m individual medley semi-final before making her way into tomorrow’s 100m backstroke final where Mie Nielsen was fastest in 59.51.

Marco Koch is second fastest into the 200m breaststroke final with Pavel Korzeniowski the same in the 200m butterfly and Jeremy Stravius seventh into the 50m backstroke.

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