ARENA SWIMMERS SIT ON TOP OF THE WORLD
24 AUGUST 2014
arena swimmers Adam Peaty and Sarah Sjostrom ended the European Championships as the most successful male and female swimmers as the competition closed in Berlin.
Adam won four golds and set two new world records in the 50m breaststroke and as a member of Great Britain’s mixed 4x100m medley relay.
Sarah Sjostrom left the Europa-Sportpark with seven medals, three golds and four silvers.
Over the pool and open water competitions, Arena-clad swimmers brought home a total of 95 medals, 75 pool from the pool and 20 from open water.
In the pool, athletes wearing Arena won 24 gold, 29 silver and 22 bronze medals, 59.1% of what was on offer.
That compares favourably with the previous championship in Debrecen where Arena swimmers won 55.8% of medals.
In open water, Arena dominated with 20 medals out of the 21 on offer.
As well as Adam and Sarah’s dominance, Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu won six medals – three gold, a silver and two bronzes – while Great Britain’s Fran Halsall won five, three golds and two bronzes.
It has been a staggering few weeks for 19-year-old Adam. Two golds and a silver at the Commonwealth Games followed by his success in Germany.
Tonight Adam swam the breaststroke leg for the Great Britain medley relay that won in 3:31.73 ahead of France and Hungary to add to his 50m and 100m breaststroke titles – and world record in the former – as well as his mixed relay gold, also in world record time.
He said: “It’s a change of culture in British swimming, it’s amazing. There is no putting your feet up now, you’ve always got to keep working.”
Of the medley relay, he said: “Coming into tonight I was like I’ll give it my best shot for my country and my best shot for my team-mates. These guys deserve it.”
Sarah was 0.05secs behind Fran in the 50m freestyle, the Briton winning in 24.32.
In Berlin Sarah won golds in the 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and Sweden’s 4x100m freestyle relay squad. That was accompanied by four silvers in the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and the 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay.
She said: “I knew I had a chance to take seven medals but I am disappointed with some of my swims because I know I can do much better.
“I am very happy with all the relay medals.
“I think I am going to be more happy about the competition tomorrow.”
The 200m butterfly was Katinka’s final race of the programme and she was third in 2:07.28.
The ‘Iron Lady’ admitted she was tired and said: “This swim was really painful, I can’t feel my legs now.
“The only thing that makes me disappointed is the time, otherwise the medal is fine.”
Fran had a memorable 24 hours. Gold in the 50m backstroke yesterday was replicated in the 50m freestyle before she swam the anchor leg as the British medley relay won bronze in 3:57.97.
It saw her finish with five medals overall, three gold. Now she is off to Las Vegas for four days before heading on holiday with team-mate Georgia Davies to Dubai.
She said: “It’s been great. Three golds, two bronzes.
“The whole team has been amazing.”
Ruta Meilutyte showed no ill-effect from her travels which saw her fly from the Youth Olympics in China to Berlin before claiming the 50m breaststroke title in 29.89, her first European gold.
The 17-year-old said: “After the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, it is an unbelieavable achievement to win gold here in Berlin.”
Konrad Czerniak won silver in the 50m freestyle (21.88) to add to his 100m butterfly title.
The Pole said: “I started slow and tried to catch up with the others.
“I can go faster if I have a better start.
“Now I am leaving Berlin with happiness in my heart after winning gold and a silver.”
Roberto Pavoni won his second medal of the meet with silver in the 400m individual medley in 4:13.75.
“I was hoping to go faster in order to go for the gold.”
There was also success in the diving with Tania Cagnotto winning silver in the 3m synchro with 318.25pts.