France’s Swimmers Dominated Europeans at Home
After Camille Muffat’s World Record in the women’s 400m freestyle (3:54.85min) on Saturday, the European elite set a further two continental records on Sunday. 23-year-old Briton Hannah Miley, who failed to win a medal at the London Olympics, improved the best mark of Spain’s reigning World Champion Mireia Belmote from 4:24.21 to 4:23.47min in the 400m individual medley; and Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen, of the same age, bettered her own European Record in the women’s 100m breaststroke from 1:04.21 to 1:04.12 minutes. Miley prevented the Hungarian 2012 World Cup Champion Katinka Hosszu, 23, from winning her fourth individual title in Chartres. With 4:23.91min Hosszu also clocked a time below the old European Record.
In addition to the French stars, Olympic Champions Camille Muffat, Yannick Agnel, Laure and Florent Manaudau, a young man of 20 from Novosibirsk, who lives and training with Dave Salo in Los Angeles, impressed in Chartres: Vladimir Morozov represents Europe’s new swimming generation looking towards the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The Russian, who won seven medals in four days - among them two gold in the 100m free (45.68sec) and the 100m IM (51.89sec) – was elected the “Male Newcomer of the Championships” by the media representatives. His female counterpart, young Frenchwoman and promising talent Anna Santamans was the other “Newcomer of the Championships”
Florent Manaudou and his team-mate Jeremy Stravius both achieved five gold medals each including the relays. Hungarians Katinka Hosszu and Laszlo Cseh won three individual titles each.
The host broadcaster for this event was France Television. France Television has engaged XD Motion to provide the Special Cameras.