Christiansen runner-up in freestyle at Euro Champs
Henrik Christiansen swam into silver at 400 meters freestyle during the long-distance European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday.
Nobody could follow Mykhaylo Romanchuk though. The Ukrainian was in a class of his own and won by a proverbial country mile.
The Norwegian 21-years-old delivered a strong finish and swam the distance in 3.47.07. His performance sufficed for the runner-up spot, Henning Mühlleitner from Germany secured the bronze medal.
– The time was not quite what I hoped it would be, but in a championship final, it’s all about placement. So a silver medal was way cool, says a very pleased athlete to NRK.
The guy from the Romerike region was down in the fifth spot after 100 metres and moved up to number three at the halfway mark. With 100 metres left to swim, the Norwegian was in second place but fell back to third before the last turn. With a strong finish, the Norwegian regained the second spot and snatched the silver medal in the European Championships, repeating the feat from 2016.
– It is becoming a habit, Christiansen jokes.
Christiansen has 3.46,37 as his personal best on 400 metres free. That is also a Norwegian record and was achieved during an event in Stockholm on March 30ieth, 2016.
He will also swim the 800 and 1500 metres freestyle during the championships in Glasgow. On Saturday morning, the Norwegian will swim in the trials for the 1,500 metres freestyle.
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