MARE NOSTRUM SERIES – BARCELONA
The 2021 Mare Nostrum Sequence has come to an finish with the conclusion of day 2 finals on the third and last cease in Barcelona.
Two stars of Olympics previous each swam occasions in hallmark occasions which can be their quickest because the finish of the 2019 season. Mireia Belmonte, the defending Olympic gold medalist within the 200 fly and bronze medalist within the 400 IM, swam her greatest 400 IM since August 2019; and Yulia Efimova swam her greatest 200 breast since profitable gold on the 2019 World Championships.
Russia’s Yulia Efimova gained the 200 breaststroke with a 2:21.86, marking a season-best for her within the occasion. The swim is an enchancment upon her bronze medal-garnering swim at 2021 Euros the place she hit a 2:22.16.
Whereas she was a bit slower than her PB and Russian document of two:19.41 from 2013, the swim strikes Efimova as much as the sixth quickest place on this planet. That locations her forward of fellow Russian Maria Temnikova, and simply two tenths behind fellow Russian Evgenia Chikunova, who lately certified to race the occasion for Russia in Tokyo. That signifies that the sixth quickest girl on this planet thus far this season gained’t be racing the occasion in Tokyo.
Efimova was joined on the 200 breaststroke podium by the Spanish duo of Jessica Vall (2:24.68) and Marina Garcia (2:24.97) who have been each just a few seconds slower than Vall’s 2016 Spanish document of two:22.56.
Efimova and Vall went 1-2 within the 50 breaststroke as properly, hitting a 30.28 and 31.79, respectively as Tes Schouten of the Netherlands rounded out the highest 3 with a 31.84.
One other spectacular swim got here from Hugo Gonzalez who posted a 1:56.31 200 IM to decrease each the Spanish nationwide document and Mare Nostrum meet document. Gonzalez held the earlier Spanish document at a 1:56.76 which he set on the 2021 European Championships to earn himself a gold medal. The previous Mare Nostrum document then again belonged to Japan’s Kosuke Hagino at a 1:56.82 from a 2015 model of the meet.
That was Gonzalez’s second Mare Nostrum meet document of the week, including to his 53.08 100 backstroke mark from day 1.
Hosszu took gold right here in Barcelona with a 4:40.34 and Belmonte took silver with a 4:42.17. Hosszu was slightly bit slower right here than she was just a few weeks in the past when she gained gold on the 2021 European Championships with a 4:34.76.
The swim for Belmote then again was a 4:42.17 for silver which marks her quickest swim within the occasion because the 2019 FINA World Cup Sequence cease in Tokyo, which occurred only a few days after the tip of the World Championships. Whereas she was simply 4:42 for thirteenth place in Gwangju, lower than every week later on the World Cup she managed to drop 8 seconds and go 4:34, however hasn’t been near that point since.
One other massive swim on day 2 of the meet got here from Arno Kamminga within the 100 breaststroke. Kamminga delivered a 58.18 to win gold within the occasion, coming inside 0.03 seconds of Adam Peaty‘s 2019 Mare Nostrum document of 58.15 from 2019. Kamminga was a bit slower than his current 58.10 on the 2021 European World Championships which gave him the silver medal for the Netherlands behind Peaty’s 57.66.
Kamminga grew to become the second-fastest 100 breaststroker in historical past and second solely to Peaty to swim the occasion below 58 seconds just a few weeks earlier than Euros with a 57.90 Dutch document. Moreover, on day 1 of the meet Kamminga delivered a 2:07.23 200 breaststroke to win gold and set a brand new meet document.
Different Notable Day 2 Swims
- Chad le Clos swam a 1:55.63 to win the boys’s 200 fly, getting proper the 1:55.88 he swam just a few weeks in the past at South African Nationals.
- Within the males’s 100 freestyle Kristof Milak delivered a commanding 48.86 victory, hovering proper above his current 48.72 efficiency within the prelims of the occasion on the 2021 European Championships.
- Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands gained the 100 backstroke by an honest margin with a 59.21 to out-swim silver medalist Hanna Rosvall (1:01.94) and bronze medalist Lena Grabowski (1:02.04)
- Tying for first place, Thom de Boer of the Netherlands and world document holder Andriy Govorov of Ukraine every swam a 23.43 to take gold within the 50 butterfly.