2021 Mare Nostrum Barcelona – Recap of the preliminaries of Day 1



  • June 5-6, 2021
  • Pere Serrat swimming pool, Barcelona, ​​Spain
  • Long course meters (50 meters)
  • Results

The third and final leg of the Mare Nostrum 2021 tour started today in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The tour kicked off last weekend in Monaco before a midweek stopover in Canet, France.

Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands has swam three events this morning and is the top qualifier in the 50 backstroke and the women’s 50 butterfly. Toussaint, the European record holder for the 50 backstroke at 27.10, leads the field this morning by half a second with a 27.90. Two events later, she swam 27.21 on the 50 butterfly to be the top qualifier ahead Alba Guillamon Novo of Spain at 27.42 and Lucie Svécena of Czechia at 27.53. Toussaint is second this morning in the 200 backstroke in 2: 14.88, just over two seconds behind the Austrian Lena Grabowski at 2: 12.87.

Svecena’s compatriot, Barbora seemanova swam the fastest time of the morning in the women’s 100 freestyle in 55.20. Seemanova is 0.72 ahead of the second qualifier, Marta Gonzalez Crivillers of Spain at 55.92.

Seemanova managed a double duty this morning as she also swam the 200 butterfly, qualifying fifth in 2: 15.22. Mexican Maria mata cocco has the fastest time in the preliminaries at 2: 10.68. Katinka Hosszu from Hungary is the third qualifier in 2: 12.25.

Hosszu swam the 200 IM shortly after the 200 butterfly, clocking 2: 15.86 to qualify third for tonight’s finals. Hosszu is less than a second from the top qualifier Catalina corro of Spain at 2: 14.92.

Yulia Efimova of Russia is the seed in the women’s 100 breaststroke. Efimova was the only swimmer to beat 1:08 this morning with a time of 1: 07.61. Behind Efimova are a pair of Spaniards, Jessica vall montero at 1: 08.32 and Marina García Urzainqui at 1: 08.57.

Hungarian Kristof Milak, the world record holder in the 200 butterfly, leads a group of four swimmers who have managed less than 53 times in the 100 butterfly this morning. Milak’s time of 52.19 leads by more than half a second ahead of Daniel Zaitsev of Estonia at 52.75, followed by Alberto Lozano Mateos Spain at 52.76, and Chad le Clos of South Africa at 52.86.

Only 0.05 seconds separates the top two qualifiers in the men’s 100 backstroke. Nicolas García Saïz of Spain set the best time in 55.67 with Omar Pinzon from Colombia just behind at 55.72. The Spaniard hides in seventh place Hugo gonzález to 56.99.

Two Dutch swimmers are the two best qualifiers in the men’s 50 freestyle. Thomas de Boer, who set a new Dutch record last week in Monaco in 21.62, swam a 21.91 this morning ahead Jesse puts to 22.05. The third qualifier is Gabriel Castano from Mexico at 10:29 p.m. Brazilian Bruno Fratus, who finished tied for first in the 50 freestyle at Canet, is tied for fifth with the Portuguese Miguel Duarte Nascimento at 22.32.

Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, had an impressive swim this morning in the men’s 200 breaststroke. His time of 2: 08.42 was almost four seconds ahead of the next fastest swimmer, Carles Coll Marti from Spain at 2: 12.33.

In the last men’s event, the 200 freestyle, Cristian Quintero from Venezuela swam the fastest time in the preliminaries with a time of 1: 48.60. Behind him is a peloton of four swimmers under 1:50, including the Estonian record holder Kregor zirk at 1: 49.82.

Marie Khoury of Lebanon, time trial the 50 freestyle this morning. Her time of 27.02 was just off the Lebanese record of 26.91.



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