Vázquez, to the final of a 400 styles without his two queens: Mireia and Hosszu

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The European crisis of the 400 styles was evidenced in the rainy morning in the Roman Italic Forum, on the third day of the Europeans. Barely 16 swimmers competed, two series in which the two queens of the last decade, Mireia Belmonte and Katinka Hosszu, now in their thirties, were left out of the afternoon finale. The passage of time is unforgiving in a sport that requires a high rate of training. While Iron Lady pursues the last challenge of her career before becoming a mother, which is none other than adding 100 international medals (she now has 97); while the Badalonese wants to participate in her fifth Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

Hosszu made the final time (4:45.07), but was dismounted because two compatriots surpassed her, so the quota of two finalists per country was already completed. The 19-year-old young talent Viktor Mihalyvari clocked 4:41.01 while the fireproof Zsuzsanna Jakabos was second and points to the podium with 4:41.30. Mireia, on the other hand, was slower than Iron Lady and got the tenth mark (4:48.18). If Hosszu swam 19 seconds faster than her world record, Mireia swam 17 seconds slower than her Spanish record.

But the Huelva-born Alba Vázquez, junior world champion in 2017 and who was the world record holder of the age in this test, did sneak in. Although slower than her best times, the swimmer who trains in Malaga swam in 4:46.72. The third best mark was the Italian Ilaria Cusinato, with 4:44.89, so the medals will be very open in the afternoon final.

The CN Terrassa swimmer who trains in the United States Mario Molla will also be in the semifinals of the 100 butterflywho had to make a playoff race with the Greek Andreas Vazaios in which he flew (52.07): He achieved the seventh best mark and slipped in as the third fastest swimmer in Spain after Rafa Muñoz and Álex Villaecija. Alberto Lozano failed to make the cut with 52.86. The young Carmen Weiler was out of the 50 back, with 28.83. If Ainhoa ​​Campabadal entered by hair in the 200 free with 2:01.88.

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