THE DUTCH WINS JUST KEEP ON COMING
Pieter vdHoogenband (NED) won his fourth gold tonight, winning the 200 free in a 1:47.07. He was under the world record split at the 150, but tightened up in the last 25, dropping to four tenths over Grant Hackett's (AUS) swim from March. Inge de Bruijn (NED) won her first European title with a 58.49 in the 100 fly. She broke her own record (set yesterday) along the way.
Paul Palmer (GBR) placed second in the 200 free after almost missing the semi-final. He placed 17th in the heats, but after a scratch was able to win his semi and automatically qualify for the final. Palmer was the defending champion from '97, but was lucky to get the chance to swim.
Johanna Sjoberg (SWE) was second in the 100 fly. It was her European record that de Bruijn broke in yesterday's semis.
Sandra Volker (GER) returned to her old form in winning the women's 100 back. Although she has been focusing on her freestyle since Atlanta, her 1:01.39 tonight is her fastest time ever. Nina Zhivanevskaya (ESP) formerly of Russia, was second in her first competition since 1997. After leaving her homeland she was unable to compete until her new Spanish citizenship came through.
In the men's 1500, Igor Snitko (UKR) won in 15:07.19, a time just off his best. Dragos Coman (ROM) had a great swim, he dropped seven seconds to make the final and another seven to win the silver. France picked up another medal with Sylvain Cros' bronze.
The men's and women's 50 breasts were also swum tonight. Agnes Kovacs (HUN) won with a national record and Mark Warneke (GER) was the men's champ.