Press release from LEN
After missing the 50m free World Record established by his compatriot Amaury Leveaux (44.94) by just 0.08 sec at the French nationals in Dijon, Florent Manaudou had to cancel his participation at the 17th European Short Course Swimming Championships due to a shoulder injury. The younger brother of the now retired 400m freestyle Athens Olympic gold medallist Laure Manaudou, Florent originally entered the 50m and 100m freestyle, the 50m fly, 50m breast and 100m IM races in Herning. In the absence of Florent Manaudou few of the most awaited clashes cannot take place. The Frenchman would have staged magnificent duels against Russia’s Vladimir Morozov as both of them posted excellent results recently, only 0.03 sec separated them in the world ranks in the 50m free and only 0.01sec in the 100m
The LEN 2013 European Short Course Championships are underway, the ‘LEN Timing System’ still a bit dodgy but improving during the first batch of preliminary heats. Yuliya Efimova set a new championships record of 29.47 in the women’s 50 breaststroke, and the world records were broken in both the men’s 4×50 medley and women’s 4×50 freestyle.
Russia’s Vladimir Morozov posted the fastest time of 20.89, Ukraine’s Andriy Govorov second in 21.22 and Russia’s Sergey Fesikov third in 21.29. Of these Fesikov seemed maybe the most impressive, way ahead at about 40 but then slowing down in the last few meters. Result list here
Women’s 50 breaststroke
Russia ahead again, Yuliya Efimova breaking Moniek Niejhuis’ championships record of 29.68 from Istanbul 2009 with a time of 29.47 now, ahead of Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte in 29.94 and Czech swimmer Petra Chocova in 30.00, the Danes having something to cheer for tonight with Rikke Moller Pedersen clocking 30.06 and 4th. Result list here.
Men’s 200 individual medley
Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh seems invincible in 1:54.48, ahead of Sweden’s Simon Sjödin in 1:54.79 and Germany’s Philip Heintz in 1:55.17. Way ahead after fly and backstroke, and then maybe slowing down to save energy for other feats. Danes definitely rooting for 6th placed Viktor B. Bromer tonight, in 1:55.66. Result list here.
Women’s 100 backstroke
Yay, Denmark’s Mie Ø. Nielsen first in 58.04, ahead of Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina in 58.32 and Czech swimmer Simona Baumrtova in 58.37. See the result list here.
Men’s 200 backstroke
Hungary’s Peter Bernek first in 1:52.32, Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki second in 1:52.65 and Germany’s Christian Diener third in 1:52.84. Result list here.
Men’s 100 butterfly
Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin first in 50.02, Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich second in 50.65 and Russia’s Nikita Konovalov third in 50.66. Result list here.
Women’s 200 butterfly
Hungary’s iron lady Katinka Hosszu first in 2:03.26, Spain’s similar Mireia Belmonte second in 2:04.33 and Great Britain’s Jemma Lowe third in 2:06.37. Result list here.
Men’s 100 breaststroke
Germany’s Marco Koch first in 57.78, Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson second in 58.26 and Italy’s Claudio Fossi third in 58.30. Hungary’s Dani Gyurta back in 58.39 and 6th. Result list here.
Women’s 200 individual medley
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu also fastest here in 2:05.05, way ahead of Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor second in 2:07.25 and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova in 2:07.89. Result list here.
Mens 400 freestyle
After following the general pace in heat 7 for about 250 meters, Italy’s Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo leapt forward to lead the field in 3:42.34, Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski and Filip Zaborowski second and third in 3:43.00 and 3:43.60 respectively. Denmark’s Mads Glæsner was 5th in 3:43.76. Result list here.
Women’s 100 freestyle
Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen definitely wanted to show her form here right from the start, clocking 25.07 the first 50 but then suffering the last meters to a 5th placed time of 53.04. Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström more evenly paced and impressive in 25.53 and 52.17, to lead the field in tonight’s semifinal. Dutch swimmers Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo second and third in 52.76 and 52.96 respectively. Result list here.
Men’s 4×50 medley
Italy’s team of Nicollo Bonacchi, Francesco Di Lecce, Piero Codia and Luca Dottor clocked 1:33.65 to set a new world record, the old one some kind of baseline world record of 1:33.65 – slower than Russia’s European and Championships record of 1:31.80 from Istanbul 2009. Heat 2 results here.
Women’s 4×50 freestyle
Sweden’s team of Michelle Coleman, Sarah Sjöström, Louise Hansson and Magdalena Kuras clocked 1:37.21 and apparently a new world record, way slower than Netherlands’ 1:33.25 European and championships record from Istanbul 2009, and also slower than the Swedish national record. Result list here.
“The official song for the LEN European Short Course Championships 2013 – in the City of Herning – Denmark.
Now translated into english to give our listeners outside Denmark a chance to understand the words and sing-a-long
As a result Furniss has overseen a drastic cut in the number of funded swimmers and has insisted on more regular competition.
“We’re taking some out of their comfort zone but we’ll benefit,” he said.
“It’s not a choice for the athletes, if they are on the programme we are telling them they have to do this, so we’re forcing a bit of change.”
A Manchester swimmer is to be immortalised in the name of the city’s newest road.
Sunny Lowry – the first woman to swim the channel – will be celebrated as part of major regeneration work taking place around Eastlands.
The Longsight -born athlete was chosen after a Dragons Den-style clash between five schools.
Teams from each tried to persuade a panel – featuring current and former Manchester City players, among others – to pick their chosen historical figure for the accolade.
Also put forward were international water polo player Billy Dean, Bradford Labour politician John Edward Sutton, children’s writer Frances Hodgson Burnett – author of The Secret Garden – and the late Monkees star Davy Jones.
See len.eu, the European Swimming League (LEN) has switched from Omega and the online live timing solution that we have gotten used to on omegatiming.com, to their own ‘LEN Timing System’, apparently partnered with Alge Timing. The live timing for the Herning 2013 European Short Course Championships can be found here.
Timelapse of the construction on the Herning 2013 European Short Course Championships venue.
… and Herning 2013 has hereby with a quick and dirty trick won the European Short Course Championships Organization trophy. Jesper, there is still time to install a bell or buzzer *outside* the lounge, for the swimmers to use in case they need their coach :-)
Read The Swimming Blog on the Guardian
I assume everyone is as fussy as me so I’d never advocate giving a swimming costume. Knowing an approximate size is not enough; what’s the betting they’ll prefer a specific kind of back, leg cut, colour, make or combination of those things? Same with goggles – I know what I like. And there are other bits of swimming kit that will never scream “GIVE ME”. Buying someone nose clips or mouldable ear wax is like buying a woman Tampax. It’s not a sign that you’re intuitive and resourceful and have been taking careful notes, it’s a sign you forgot and went to the late-night chemist.
LEN will provide a live streaming from Herning on www.len.eu in HD quality. Those wishing to enjoy the coverage will find the choice on a pay-per-view basis. The rates for this option are: 2.90 Euros per day of competition (heats and finals) and 9.90 Euros package offer (4 days of competition – heats and finals).
//Post by LEN.
The competition pool for the LEN 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark, the warm-up pool also seen in the background. Photo taken during our first practice in ‘the Box’, Monday 9 December 2013.
Read for instance Malaysia Sun
French Olympic gold medallist swimmer Amaury Leveaux Monday announced his retirement after achieving his “career goals”.
“I have all the medals I need and done everything I want to in swimming,” said Leveaux who celebrated his 28th birthday last Monday.
Over four decades as a coach at Germantown Academy, Dick Shoulberg sent 16 swimmers to the Olympics, coached U.S. teams, entered two halls of fame, and won five national coaching awards.
On Wednesday, his voice cracked as he struggled to explain why he was abruptly removed from not just a job, but a prominent post in a sport that has defined him.
“I haven’t done anything wrong, other than being 741/2 and looking people in the eye and telling them, ‘You’re wrong,’ ” Shoulberg said in an interview.
Read the Mirror
Former I’m a Celebrity campmate Rebecca Adlington has revealed she has an anxiety disorder which has caused her to suffer panic attacks.
The retired Olympic swimmer, 24, said the condition related specifically to confined underground spaces, explaining her inability to take part in several Bushtucker Trials.
She told the Daily Mail: “I have an anxiety disorder specific to confined underground spaces, and I’ve had panic attacks in the past.
“I disclosed that in my medical before I went into the jungle.
“We were never aware in advance what the trials were.
“It was up to the doctors to exempt people.
“It really was no big deal.”
Read yle uutiset
Patrons of the Rantakylä swimming hall in Joensuu, northeast Finland are perplexed by the rules pertaining to special ladies-only swimming sessions. A local mother recently tried to take her three-year old son to the session but they were turned away and told that only women were allowed.
“Guld i Boxen” (“Gold in the Box”), produced in the KOMO-studio in Herning and performed by local stars Rikke Hvidbjerg and Rasmus Steenberg.
So tricky, trying to get the perfect photo of flags in motion. I have a lot more photos, but still guess I’ll have to do a bit of photoshopping.
Life as William Winram must be breathlessly exciting. One day you’re ocean diving (without an oxygen tank) to a world record (145 metres down in three minutes, eight seconds); the next you’re swimming with great white sharks and living to tell the tale. There used to be some big-wave surfing too, but he’s given that up; a man can’t be too careful, you know.
Already on Thursday! :-)
See svoem.dk, the Herning 2013 Europeoan Short Course Championships entry lists / psych sheets are now online. I for one am happy and proud that our guy Pál Joensen is once again in a major championships final, ranked 5th in the men’s 1500 freestyle.