Winners of the day: the fast Danish women

Chartres (pps) Denmark’s women were the winners of the day on the second day of the EDF European Short Course Swimming Championships in Chartres. The Scandinavians triumphed no fewer than three times with their three successful title defenders Lotte Friis in the 800m freestyle (8:10.24sec), Rikke Moeller Pedersen in the 200m breaststroke (2:17.26), and Jeanette Ottesen Gray in the 50m butterfly (25.21sec).

The French hosts increased their medal tally to 13 (5-2-6) at “half-time” of the Europeans and are leading ahead of Hungary with seven (4-2-1) and Denmark with six (4-2-0). France also celebrated a much acclaimed victory in the premiere of the 4x50m mixed medley relay, achieved by Jeremy Stravius, Florent Manaudou, Melanie Henique, and Anna Santamans in 1:38.71 minutes. A few minutes before Stravius was also victorious in the 50m backstroke (23.28sec) and now has won three gold medals in Chartres, as has Olympic Champion Florent Manaudou.

Hungary’s individual medley “institution” Laszlo Cseh won the 400m IM for the seventh time since 2003 and once again scratched the four-minute mark (4:00.99min). 21-year-old Russian Veronika Popova (52.86sec) upset long course World Champion Jeanette Ottesen in the 100m freestyle (53.13).

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina retained her title in the 100m backstroke (57.07sec) with French “legend“ Laure Manaudou (57.70) finishing runner-up. Manaudou’s future in swimming is still a matter of much mystery. The 26-year-old, mother of a two-and-a-half-year old daughter and elder sister of Florent, was the 2004 Olympic Champion in the 400m free in Athens.

European long course Champion Fabio Scozzoli (Italy) won the short course title in the 100m breaststroke (57.25sec). And the almost 30-year-old Russian World Record (48.48) holder Evgeny Korotyshkin was triumphant in the 100m butterfly in 49.98 seconds.