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Lithuania's Danas Raspsys won his first ever European Championship on Thursday in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN – Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys won the gold medal in the men’s 200 free at the European Short Course Swimming Championships on Thursday in Copenhagen., finishing in a quick 1:40.85. He never trailed, and Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh, who won the 400 free on day one, had no chance of catching up.

This was Rapsys’ first European Championship win.

22-year old Lithuanian swimmer has not only broken the Lithuanian Record in the 200 free in short course meters on Thursday evening in Denmark, but he also swam one of the fastest time in the history of the event.

Krasnykh finished second in 1:42.22, coming on strong over the back half after sitting in sixth at the halfway point, while Great Britain’s Duncan Scott took the bronze in 1:43.07.

Estonia’s Kregor Zirk was fourth in 1:43.84, followed by the Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk (1:44.03) and Ireland’s Jordan Sloan (1:44.12). Sloan was in third place with 50 meters to go before fading badly.

Russia’s Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:44.41) and Italy’s Fabio Lombini (1:45.05) rounded out the final.

Current top 6, 200 SCM Freestyle

  1. Paul Biedermann, Germany, 1:39.37 – 2009 Berlin World Cup*
  2. Yannick Agnel, France, 1:39.70 – 2012 French Championships
  3. Danila Izotov, Russia, 1:40.08 – 2009 European Championships*
  4. Brent Hayden, Canada, 1:40.80 – 2009 FINA World Cup Series – Berlin* (TIE) Cam McEvoy, Australia, 1:40.80 – 2015 Australian Championships (TIE)
  5. Danas Rapsys, Lithuania, 1:40.85 – 2017 European Championships

* – time done during polyurethne suit era

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