The 18th Euro Meet Luxembourg will be held from Friday 29 January to Sunday 31 January 2016.
We are already looking forward to welcome again all swimmers, coaches, delegates and officials.
Euro Meet Director satisfied
Euro Meet Director Gil Kandel expressed his satisfaction after the 17th Meet 2015. He noticed that the organisation ran smoothly, and could thank all swimmers and officials for their participation and help over these three competition days - and even more days of hard work for the volunteers !
Laszlo Cseh from Hungary won a gold medal at the 50m butterfly yesterday, so did European Champion Victor Bromer from Denmark at the 200m butterfly. The final of the 100m butterfly went to Cseh, who bettered his own Meet Record by the smallest margin, 52.57 in 2015 vs. 52.58 in 2014.
A second Meet Record for Oeztuerk
Following her Meet Record established this morning duringt the heats of the 200m backstroke in 2:11.38, Sonnele Oezturk, from Germany, was on fire during the final. At the 50m she was already 41/100th of a second ahead of Meet Record pace, at the middle of the race she had an advance of 63/100th, then she stayed on pace at the 150m (63/100th) to touch the wall in 2:10.36, 1 second and 2/100th faster than this morning. This is her new personal best.
3 Gold for Koch and Belmonte
Mireia Belmonte and Marco Koch were the only swimmers able to win three races. Belmonte won the 800m freetyle, the 200m butterfly and the 200m medley. Today, Marco Koch did the hat-trick in breaststroke, securing gold at the 100m, following his victories yesterday at the 50m and 200m.
Other swimmers earned two gold, like Gabor Balog (100/200 back), Laszlo Cseh (50/100 butterfly), Paul Biedermann (100/200 freestyle), Jessica Vall (100/200 breast), Melani Costa (200/400 freestyle), Sonnele Oeztuerk (100/200 backstroke) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (100 butterfly / 400 medley)
3 for Mireia, 2 for Marco
After days 1 and 2, Mireia Belmonte with three gold medals and Marco Koch with two golds are the only swimmers with more than one victory. Belmonte won the 800m freestyle, the 200m medley and the 200m butterfly, while Koch took both breaststroke races (50m and 200m).
This Sunday afternoon (finals at 16:00), Koch could win another gold at the 100m breaststroke, and Belmonte is qualified for the 400m freestyle and the 100m butterfly.
Meet record for Oeztuerk
During the heats of the 200m backstroke, sixteen year old Sonnele Oezturk from Germany, junior European champion of this event in 2013, bettered the meet record in 2:11.38. The previous one was held by Daryna Zevina (UKR) in 2:11.67 since 2013.
At the European Championshisp 2014 in Berlin, Lazslo Cseh from Hungary won the 200m medley ahead of Philipp Heintz from Germany. This Saturday in Luxembourg, the race was very tight between both medallists, and eventually Heintz managed to beat Cseh in 2:00.44 vs 2:00.68.
Another duel was between Mireia Belmonte and Zsuzsanna Jakabos. During day 1, Jakabos won the 400m medley and broke the meet record of the 200m butterly during the preliminaries. Today (Saturday 31 Jan.), it was the turn for Belmonte to win the 200m medley and the 200m butterfly, but due to her high number of races, she did not manage to break Jakabos' meet record wich remains at 2:10.08
The awaited final of the 200m freestyle men between reigning European champion Velimir Stjepanovic from Serbia and Paul Biedermann from Germany was a thrilling race. Both swimmers stayed head-to-head during 150m, but Biedermann finished very strong to win the event in 1:48.56. Stepanovic was timed in 1:49.98, third was Philipp Heinz also from Germany in 1:50.01
Gold for Julie Meynen
Local Star Julie Meynen won a very close final of the 50m freestyle in 25.85, to the great pleasure of the public. She beat Lauriane Haag from France by 3 hundredths of a second (25.88) and Nina Kost from Germany, third in 25.90, another 2 hundredths slower.
Meet record for Bromer
At the 200m butterfly, Victor Bromer, from Denmark, the reigning European champion at BLN2014, set a new meet record in 1:56.89.
The previous record was held by Ioannis Drymonakos (GRE) in 1:57.56 since the 2012 Euro Meet.
Summary day one
Gold medals for Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Jacob Heidtmann, Mireia Belmonte and Antonio Arroyo.