The long wait is nearly over and the LEN European Short Course Championships are about to begin.
Tollcross is set to be rocking as the harum-scarum of short-course swimming meets some of the sport’s biggest names, all in a powder-keg Glasgow atmosphere.
Here are five reasons why you won’t regret making Euro Swim part of your life next week.
Glasgow always delivers
Catching a live event is a vital part of any trip to Glasgow and whether it’s on the terraces, by the track or in the pool, the iconic city always delivers a red-hot atmosphere.
Sport is where Glasgow goes to raise its voice and having been named 2023 European Capital of Sport, it was this week crowned the World’s Leading Festival and Event Destination 2019.
And Tollcross is a key reason, the stage for iconic scenes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 multi-sport European Championships.
With a round of champions waiting to be crowned, all a matter of months before they scrap for a place at the Tokyo Olympics, it’s set to be a memorable week in the East End.
Short-course thrills and spills
Short-course swimming is here for a good time not a long time, and it’s fast-paced format is capturing the world’s attention.
The glitzy International Swimming League is putting the 25m pool front and centre and European Short Course Championships will see those rivalries play out in national colours.
Short-course is a world where turns are king, underwater speed is crucial and photo finishes are part of the furniture.
Take the 50m butterfly at the last edition of EuroSwim – held in Copenhagen in 2017; you could have thrown a blanket over the podium, with 22.42 taking gold, 22.43 silver and 22.44 joint bronze.
The British team will get a rousing reception but, as always, expect the throatiest roars to come for Scotland’s own stars.
They are led by Duncan Scott, back home after two medals at the summer’s World Championships, where he never shirked the spotlight and anchored 4x100m medley gold.
He’ll be joined by fellow Glaswegian and University of Stirling-reared Ross Murdoch, whose disbelieving expression on beating Michael Jamieson to gold in 2014 hit the front pages.
With Scott McLay, 20, representing the next generation, Scottish supporters won’t be short of local heroes to cheer.
Glasgow’s sporting year started with Laura Muir roaring to double gold on her home track and it’s set to end with further feats from top female athletes.
It’s been another huge year for women’s sport and the world’s best female swimmers have another chance to grab the headlines.
Hungary’s icon Katinka Hosszu, triple gold medallist in Rio, will be joined by Italian’s 200m freestyle queen Federica Pellegrini and Dutch sprint sensation Femke Heemskerk on top of the bill.
From a British perspective, Freya Anderson is fresh from breaking the long-standing British 200m freestyle record and Anna Hopkin, 23, is tearing up NCAA records and has a bright future ahead.
A buzzing city
Whether you’re a culture vulture, a foodie, shopaholic or intent on touring the city’s many hostelries, there’s something for everyone in a trip to Glasgow.
The area around Bath Street and Charing Cross station is studded with live music venues and visiting the SSE Hydro soon are Camilla Cabello, Stormzy, Trevor Noah and Lewis Capaldi.
Pick up some of the city’s best street food in Argyle Street Arches and head to Kelvingrove for stunning architecture and amazing art in one package.
And with top-level sport also on offer, there’s never been a time to go to Glasgow than next week.
Limited tickets are still available for EuroSwim HERE!