Three things from Tollcross: Brits on song as EuroSwim underway – LEN

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Three things from Tollcross: Brits on song as EuroSwim underway

Europe’s elite sizzled in Wednesday’s heats as Tollcross came alive for the Glasgow 2019 European Short Course Swimming Championships.

With dozens of schoolkids from Glasgow’s East End watching on in delight, top stars James Guy, Katinka Hosszu and Fabio Scozzoli laid down markers in the heats.

Here are three things you might have missed from this morning’s racing.

HOSTS WITH THE MOST

It was a good morning for home favourites as Ross Murdoch, James Guy and Georgia Davies were among those to lay down solid heat swims.

Tom Dean qualified eighth fastest in the 400m freestyle heats.
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In the 100m butterfly Guy, competing at his first European Short Course, clocked 51.25 to finish fourth in a rapid heat.

“It’s always good to be in Glasgow, there’s a good atmosphere and it’s a place I have good memories of,” said recently-crowned world champion Guy.

“I’ve come to see how I can do and see where I’m at this time of year. I know my weakness in swimming is my turns and my underwater.

“I’ve got a few events coming up and I’m here to race fast.”

Balloch’s Ross Murdoch, returning to the scene of his greatest triumph at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, emerged from a stacked 50m breaststroke heat in a time of 26.66.

Wales’ Georgia Davies was mightily impressive in the 100m back, touching the wall at 57.48 to qualify fourth, while Tom Dean advanced with a short course PB in the 400m freestyle.

With the 4x50m freestyle relay strutting their stuff towards the end of the session, it was a fine morning to be British at Tollcross.

RECORDS TUMBLING

You know it’s a fast pool when Championship records are being set on the opening day.

Hosszu, nicknamed the ‘Iron Lady’ was peerless in the 400m medley heats.
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That’s exactly what Dutch star Kira Toussaint did, setting a new Championship record in the 100m backstroke.

“I was a little surprised about the time, I’m really happy with it,” said the 25-year-old, whose 55.26 surpassed Hosszu’s 55.42, set in Netanya in 2015.

“I couldn’t see the scoreboard, so I had to ask Simona (Kubova) next to me what the time was. It was a really good swim.

“I have great memories of Glasgow from the (2018) European Championships. The weather isn’t great, but we’re not outside much anyway!”

And Italy’s teenage sensation Benedetta Pilato roared to a world junior record in the 50m breaststroke, the 14-year-old clocking 29.62 to go through with Martina Carraro.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

13 champions from Copenhagen have returned to defend their titles in Scotland and set about justifying their tags.

Reigning Olympic, world and European champion Hosszu stamped her mark on the 400m individual medley with the fastest heat time, 4:26.75.

Scozzoli will contend for 50m breaststroke gold tonight from 18:20
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There was disappointment for fellow Hungarian Borglarka Kapas, reigning 200m butterfly champion, who missed out on the two-per-country rule despite finishing overall sixth.

And in Murdoch’s breaststroke heat, 13-time European short course medallist Scozzoli qualified with 26.23, albeit was beaten at the wall by Turkey’s Emre Sakci.

TONIGHT

17:22 – Women’s 400m Individual Medley Final: how close can the field get to Katinka Hosszu?
18:20 – Men’s 50m Breaststroke Final: Murdoch goes for gold in a loaded field
18:33 – Men’s 4x40m Freestyle Final: Britain up against it in frantic freestyle relay