Monday, 9 August 2010
European Swimming Championships
The European Swimming Championships start today in Budapest.
From a British perspective it has a strange feel to it knowing that the Commonwealth Games will be the main focus this year. It is a shame that British Swimming don't put so much emphasis on European competition. As good as Australia, South Africa and Canada are, for many of our top swimmers they face much fiercer rivals in Europe than they do in the Commonwealth.
Britain should still come away with a decent medal haul. With Ryan Lochte swimming like a man possessed something must be going right in Florida so look for team-mate Gemma Spofforth to have a good meet.
Key British races to watch
Elizabeth Simmonds vs Gemma Spofforth - 100m/200m Backstroke
Katinka Hosszu vs Hannah Miley - 400m IM
Liam Tancock vs Camille Lacourt - 100m Backstroke
Francesca Halsall vs Femke Heemskerk - 100m Freestyle
Rebecca Adlington vs Federica Pellegrini vs Lotte Friis - 800m Freestyle
Ellen Gandy vs Jemma Lowe vs Mireia Belmonte Garcia vs Katinka Hosszu vs Zsuzsanna Jakabos - 200m Butterfly
Federica Pellegrini vs Rebecca Adlington vs Jo Jackson vs Coralie Balmy vs Camille Muffat - 400m Freestyle
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay
Other races to watch out for
Paul Biedermann vs Yannick Agnel - 400m Freestyle
Laszlo Cseh vs Gergo Kis - 400m IM
Fred Bousquet vs Alain Bernard vs Fabien Gilot vs Amaury Leveaux - Heats 50m Freestyle (only 2 can go through)
Start Lists and Results can be found - Here
Live Timing - Here
For those in the UK, the BBC are doing a pretty decent job this year with some coverage of every evening session. (Unfortunately it only makes it onto BBC 2 three times during the competition)
Eurosport as usual will show both heats and finals. For those that don't have Eurosport you can sign up online for £3.99 a month to watch it online. Well worth it.
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