Throwback Thursday – Peaty’s glory in Glasgow at the 2018 European Championships

Adam Peaty led the way at the 2018 European Aquatics Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre as he returned to record-breaking form and topped the medal table with four golds.

Peaty found himself in the unusual position of the second step of the podium at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in the 50m breaststroke, having to settle for silver behind Cameron van der Burgh.

He still won the 100m breaststroke, but was a little way off his own world records in both events. In Glasgow, however, he was back on form, setting a new world mark in the longer event.

Peaty swam 57.10 seconds in that event, while he added the 50m and two relay golds, the men’s and mixed 4x100m medleys.

Peaty was one of three swimmers to finish the meet with four top spots, as Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström was equally impressive on her way to four individual golds.

The Swedish star dominated the sprint events, claiming the 50m and 100m freestyle and butterfly, with the pick of the races a victory by one hundredth over Pernille Blume in the 50m free.

Russia’s Yuliya Efimova was the other swimmer to finish with four golds, dominating the breaststroke events as well as playing her part in the women’s medley relay.

Elsewhere Kliment Kolesnikov joined Peaty in breaking a world record, beating Liam Tancock’s previous best in the 50m backstroke with his 24 flat.

Kolesnikov was one of a number of swimmers to finish the meet with three golds, alongside Briton Duncan Scott, who won the 200m freestyle, along with a pair of relay golds.

On the women’s side, Italy’s Simona Quadarella dominated the distance freestyle while France’s Charlotte Bonnet matched Scott with 200m free success along with two relay wins.

The question is, which of those swimmers will taste more success at the LEN European Short Course Championships 2019 in the same pool?

Throwback Thursday – Hosszu reigns supreme in Copenhagen

There was no question of who the queen of Copenhagen was in 2017 when Katinka Hosszu ruled supreme at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.

The Hungarian superstar achieved the unthinkable as she retained all six individual titles she had claimed two years prior in Israel.

Focusing on the backstroke and medley events, Hosszu was the standout performer with victories in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, as well as the 100m, 200m and 400m medley.

The most dominant of those performances, and the most dominant result of the entire meet, came in the 200m medley, where Hosszu finished more than three and a half seconds clear of compatriot Evelyn Verraszto in silver.

Of course Hosszu was not the sole standout performer in Denmark. Her six gold medals helped Hungary to second in the overall medal table with their eight golds one fewer than Russia.

The star for Russia was then 17-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov, who won the 100m and 200m backstroke, the 4x50m freestyle relay, and swam the lead-off leg in the 4x50m medley relay in which the Russians broke the world record.

That was one of three relay world records at the Championships, with the Netherlands doing the same in both the women’s and mixed 4x50m free.

The Dutch also won the mixed medley relay with Ranomi Kromowidjojo part of all three, while also taking 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly gold.

In fact the Dutch star almost matched Hosszu’s feats with a silver in the 50m freestyle, just one hundredth behind Sarah Sjostrom.

So when it comes to Glasgow 2019, will anyone be able to top Hosszu’s achievements?

History in the making at Tollcross International

Tollcross International Swimming Centre has become a regular fixture on the global swimming circuit, playing host to some of the greatest performances of recent times.

It was in Glasgow that Adam Peaty truly announced himself on the biggest stage, while more recently another budding superstar wrote his own name into the record books.

First let us go back to 2014 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where Peaty, now established as one of, if not the greatest breaststroker of all time, first caught the eye.

Going up against world and Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, Peaty scooped silver in the 50m breaststroke, just two hundredths behind his illustrious rival.

When it came to the 100m however, there would be no denying Peaty, who cruised to the gold to claim the first of many international titles.

It was not just Peaty who stood out at those Commonwealth Games. In the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, the Australian quartet of sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Melanie Schlanger and Emma McKeon broke the world record on their way to gold, finishing nearly five seconds clear of the field.

Since that event, Tollcross has become the venue for the British Championship, notably in 2016 as the meet doubled up as Olympic trials.

Then in 2018, the best of Europe returned to Glasgow for the European Aquatic Championships with some more notable performances.

After middling results at the Commonwealth Games earlier that year on the Gold Coast, by his very high standards, Peaty responded with a world record in the 100m breaststroke, beating his own previous best.

And Russian teenager Kliment Kolesnikov then broke the 50m backstroke world record, overhauling Liam Tancock’s world mark on the way to victory.

Alongside that pair, Duncan Scott also cemented his position as one of the leading freestylers in the world, taking the 200m gold after winning silver in the 100m.

The big question now is, who will follow in their wake in making history in Tollcross? The answer comes this December at the LEN European Short Course Championships, get your tickets here.

Throwback Thursday – Miley wins first gold in Turkey in 2009

Hannah Miley has spent more than a decade at the top in swimming, with 36 international medals to her name including six golds.

It has been a decade since the first of those gold medals, across in Turkey at the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in 2009.

Recently turned 20, and with a couple of World short course medals to her name, Miley was clearly a talented medley swimmer but still had to prove she could finish on the top step of the podium in a major competition.

In Istanbul, she added a bronze medal to her collection in the 200m individual medley on the opening day of competition.

However, the 400m medley has always been her specialty, and that event on the final day would decide whether it had been a successful competition or not.

In a hugely competitive field that featured the likes of future Olympic gold-medallist Mereia Belmonte and 200m medley silver medallist Francesca Segat, Miley proved the class of the field.

The Scot finished in 4:25.66, nearly two seconds clear of Belmonte in silver, with Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos clinching bronze ahead of Segat.

Miley has since gone on to repeat the feat at the 2012 European Short Course Championships, and this December, has a chance to bring up a hat-trick of titles ten years after her first.

Miley’s Tollcross tale set for another chapter at LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019

Glasgow means everything to Hannah Miley and the darling of Scottish swimming can’t wait to return to the iconic city for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.

The Tollcross International Swimming Centre holds special memories for Miley, an Official Ambassador for the event set to thrill across five nights, from 4 to 8 December this year.

The 29-year-old has a handsome record in Scotland’s biggest city, her 2014 Commonwealth Games triumph one of her greatest days and followed up by European long course bronze last summer.

“The one thing I always remember about Glasgow is the support and the noise,” said Miley.

“You have a huge sense of pride even when you’re standing behind the blocks and in that sense doesn’t compare to any other competition.

“I’ve been competing in Glasgow since I was 11 or 12.

“My whole career has been based around and stemmed from racing quickly in Glasgow and then for Great Britain in major events in that pool.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of it and it makes you proud to be Scottish that we’ll be hosting such a prestigious event.

Miley has conquered her fair share of adversity already this year, roaring back from serious ankle surgery to claim bronze at the British Championships at Tollcross last month.

And she is a fearsome short-course proposition with eight European and five world medals, three of which were gold, against her name over a decade at the top table.

Having made her debut back in 2005 in Trieste, Italy as a 16-year-old, it holds a special place in Miley’s heart and she credits the Championships with helping her learn the ropes in the pool.

“Short course events are so fun,” she said.

“You’ve got quite a lot of heavy training under your belt by the time you compete – it’s fast, furious, it’s short distances.

“There are a lot of differences between short and long, it’s like athletes running outdoors and indoors.

“I didn’t medal but I made my first international final in 2005 and AS a youngster, it was great.

“Watching all the top European athletes warming up, it gave me a great opportunity to see what they do, the best in Europe, and how they prepare for major races.

“You don’t get too many opportunities to do that in your career and I can’t wait for December.”

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FROM THE OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: www.euroswim2019.com

Bonnie’s amazing adventures lead her back to Glasgow for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships

A few months have gone by since Bonnie last visited Glasgow.  She is now a star back home in Argyll, and everyone knew of the adventures she had when she was the mascot for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

She’s had a lovely long holiday but now she’s ready to have fun again. Bonnie missed the friends that she had made and she missed Glasgow so much.  So, she decides to go back (taking the same route as 2018) and along the way she meets her old friend – the swimmer.

He asks if Bonnie can help him. He tells her that there are lots of swimmers coming to Glasgow for a big competition called the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019.  He suggests that since she did such a good job for Glasgow 2018, she comes back to help the other swimmers for 2019’s competition in December.

This year, Bonnie will meet swimmers from so many different countries and show them how to improve their technique in all the different strokes.  She is so excited to make new friends from all the competing countries as well as see all her old friends from Glasgow.

Bonnie can’t wait to be the Official Mascot and she is really looking forward to becoming friends with Hannah Miley and helping her in her role as Event Ambassador for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. Hannah and Bonnie will watch as over 40 short course events take place over an action-packed five days in Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 4-8 December 2019.

Join Bonnie and Hannah for one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, and buy tickets now from www.euroswim2019.com

Fan Favourite Bonnie The Seal Returns To Glasgow As The Official Mascot For Len European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019

Bonnie the Seal has today been confirmed as the Official Championship Mascot for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships that come to Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre later this year.

Taking place between 4-8 December 2019, spectators will watch as European champions are crowned over five days of rip-roaring action in Glasgow, with swimmers competing in 40 short course events. Held every two years, the championships will take on further importance in 2019, as it will mark the the event’s 20th edition.

Following on from her great success at last year’s European Championships, Bonnie will make a spectacular return to Glasgow to help cheer on all the competitors who will take to the pool at the city’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre for five days in December 2019.

Bonnie the Seal was unveiled today at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 5th Annual Glasgow Primary Schools Swimming Gala.  Bonnie met as many of the children participating in the Gala as she could and the excitement was high from the children in attendance.

With tickets now on sale for Glasgow 2019, it was clear that Official Ambassador Hannah Miley or ‘Smiley Miley’, as she is affectionately known, was excited about the prospect of Bonnie making her return to Glasgow.

 

Hannah Miley said: “I’m so excited that Bonnie is joining me for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships for 2019, competing in front of a home crowd is such a special experience so I’m glad Bonnie is back in Glasgow! I’m really excited that Scotland has the opportunity to host another major international sporting event and I think as a nation we’ve shown over the last few years that we can put on a great show and I can’t wait for December.”

Short course swimming is a fast-paced event and is guaranteed to have crowds energised from start to finish. Races are competed in a 25m pool, requiring swimmers to complete more turns, so crowds will see competitive, adrenaline-fuelled races – setting up this event as one of the most exciting of the year.

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life, said: “We are delighted to announce Bonnie the Seal as Official Mascot for the 20th edition of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships today. Bonnie was such a brilliant mascot for the city in 2018 and we’re sure she’ll do another great job this year as some of the top European athletes from around the world compete at Tollcross in December. With Hannah Miley as Official Ambassador, Bonnie as our Mascot and five days of first-class races, the countdown is now on for a truly unmissable event!”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “It is great to have Bonnie the Seal back for the LEN European Short Course Championships for Glasgow 2019 after her hugely popular turn at last year’s Glasgow 2018 European Championships. She is a great addition to the Championships team and will be sure to keep the crowds entertained over the five days of fantastic swimming action.

“Events play a key role in our visitor economy and the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships will round off a stellar year of major events for the country; reinforcing Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events.”

Join Bonnie and Hannah for one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, and buy tickets now from WWW.EUROSWIM2019.COM

Hannah Miley announced as Official Ambassador for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019!

Triple Olympian Hannah Miley has today been confirmed as the Official Ambassador for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships that come to Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre later this year.

Taking place between 4-8 December 2019, spectators will watch as European champions are crowned over five days of rip-roaring action in Glasgow, with swimmers competing in 40 short course events. Held every two years, the championships will take on further importance in 2019, as it will mark the the event’s 20th  edition.

 

As for Hannah Miley, she is one of the most decorated British swimmers of all time, having won multiple 400m Individual Medley titles at British, European and Commonwealth level. Miley’s resumé also includes world silver, whilst her fourth place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics was just shy of medal.

Closer to home, the Aberdeen swimmer won bronze at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, her sixth medal at that event, whilst the Gold Coast 2018 Commonweatlh Games was Miley’s fourth outing for Team Scotland, where she returned as 400m IM silver medallist.

With tickets now on sale for Glasgow 2019, it was clear that ‘Smiley Miley’, as she is affectionately known, was relishing the prospect of competing at the highest level in Scotland once more.

Hannah said: “I’m really excited that Scotland has the opportunity to host another major international sporting event and I think as a nation we’ve shown over the last few years that we can put on a great show. Competing in front of a home crowd is such a special experience that is hard to put into words – it’s great that we’ve got another opportunity to look forward to later this year.”

Tickets for the event went on-sale on Monday 4th March and with the first week’s sales going well, the championships are set to be a cornerstone event in Scotland’s 2019 sporting calendar.

Short course swimming is a fast-paced event and is guaranteed to have crowds energised from start to finish. Races are competed in a 25m pool, requiring swimmers to complete more turns, so crowds will see competitive, adrenaline-fuelled races – setting up this event as one of the most exciting of the year.

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life, said: “It is an honour to be welcoming the 20 th edition of the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in December. We are particularly delighted to be announcing Hannah Miley as Official Ambassador for the event, having such a successful athlete representing the championships is fantastic.

“It has been really positive to see ticket sales going so well in the first week alone. We are delighted to continue to fly the flag high for first-class sporting events in the city and we will be delighted to welcome some of the top European athletes in the discipline of swimming to Tollcross this December.”

British Swimming’s Chief Executvie Officer, Jack Bucker, commented:“Glasgow 2018 was such a great spectacle and proved to be a very succesful championships for our British aquatics stars. We’re very much looking forward to staging yet another major championships in Glasgow and I can’t wait to see our athletes perform, aided by the support of the British crowd who always come out in force; I doubt they realise what a huge role they play in our British sporting success.”

Scottish Swimming’s Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Dunlop, commented: “Hannah is an outstanding ambassador for our sport and I’m delighted to hear of her announcement as ambassador for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. No-one knows better than her about the importance of home support and I know that Glasgow will put on a great spectacle to showcase swimming at its very best.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “it is fantastic to have an athlete of Hannah’s calibre backing the 20 th edition of the LEN European Short Course
Swimming Championships. Having competed at Tollcross International Swimming Centre as part of both Team Scotland in 2014 and the Great British team last summer, she is the ideal ambassador to respresent the Championships.

“The LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships will round off a stellar year of major sporting events for Scotland and reinforce our position as the perfect stage for events.”

Tickets go on-sale for LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019

With nine months to go until the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships come to Glasgow, tickets are now on sale for what promises to be a first-class event for the whole family to enjoy.

The five-day event will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre between 4-8 December 2019. Tickets are on sale via the event website: www.euroswim2019.com

Spectators will watch as European Champions are crowned in Glasgow as swimmers compete in 40 short course events. Held every two years, the event will be a particular highlight of 2019 as it celebrates the 20th year of the event.

Short course swimming is a fast-paced event and is guaranteed to have crowds energised from start to finish. Races are competed in a 25m pool, requiring swimmers to complete more turns, so crowds will see competitive, adrenaline-fuelled races – setting up this event as one of the most exciting of the year.

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life, said: “We’re delighted to have the tickets now on-sale for what promises to be yet another first-class sporting event to come to the city this year. Glasgow is already globally recognised as one of the top five sporting cities in the world and 2019 has started on such a fantastic high with the hugely success athletics event we welcomed to the city this weekend. We’re already looking forward to welcoming some of the top European athletes in the discipline of swimming to Tollcross this December.”

Forbes Dunlop, CEO at Scottish Swimming, said: “It is fantastic to see another international swimming competition being hosted in Scotland which will excite and encourage the nation to get behind our performance athletes and help to fulfil our ambition to inspire the next generation through the National Learn to Swim Framework and club development pathways across Scotland.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “With tickets now on sale, swimming fans’ excitement is ramping up as we all look forward to the continent’s top athletes descending on Tollcross later this year for the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. This will round off a packed 2019 sporting schedule for Scotland, reaffirming our global reputation as the perfect stage for events.”

ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL LEN EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS ARRIVES IN GLASGOW

The countdown to one of Glasgow’s biggest sporting events of 2019 is on, with only one year to go until the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships takes place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Glasgow is already globally recognised as one of the top five sporting cities in the world, and 2019 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the city as it hosts the epic 20th edition of the Championships, welcoming athletes from across Europe to Tollcross. You can register NOW to be kept up to date with all the latest news and ticket information – euroswim2019.com

Taking place between 4-8 December 2019, fans will watch as European Champions are crowned over five days in Glasgow as swimmers compete in 40 short course events. Held every two years, the event will be a particular highlight of 2019 as it celebrates the 20th year of the event.

Short course swimming is a fast-paced event and is guaranteed to have crowds energised from start to finish. Races are competed in a 25m pool, requiring swimmers to complete more turns, so crowds will see competitive, adrenaline-fuelled races – setting up this event as one of the most exciting of the year.

The LEN European Short Course Championships will inspire a new generation of swimmers, the City of Glasgow Swim Team gathered in Tollcross International Swimming Centre to mark 365 days to go until the venue hosts the Championships.

Billy Garrett, Glasgow Life’s Director of Sport and Events, said: “Tollcross International Swimming Centre has a track record of hosting truly unmissable events, and the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships will be no different. Glasgow is among the top five sporting cities in the world and really is the perfect host for the 20th anniversary of the event.

“Fans are guaranteed a spectacular event with some stunning competition from world-class athletes and, with just a year to go, now is the perfect time to register interest and be the first to know all the latest news.”

Jack Buckner, British Swimming Chief Executive said: “As we reach the one year to go marker the countdown has officially begun to the LEN European Short Course Championships 2019.

“An exciting year of action lies ahead for the world of aquatics with some of the sports major events coming back to the UK. It’s great that we will be returning to the iconic Tollcross International Swimming Centre; Scotland really is the perfect stage for world class sporting events.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing Europe’s elite take to the water once again in Glasgow to battle it out for continental short course honours.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “With a year to go until the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships, the countdown is officially on. Scotland is the perfect stage for hosting the 20th edition of the Championships and we look forward to welcoming Europe’s finest swimmers back to Tollcross next December following the success of this summer’s European Championships.

“The LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships will cap off another stellar year of major sporting events for Scotland so make sure you register now to be to first in line for all the latest news and ticket information.”

Stay tuned for all the latest updates and ticket announcements at euroswim2019.com

 

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About British Swimming

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