Szabo, Shymanovich, Kirpichnikova Top SC Euros Rankings, Earn €25,000 Each

Shymanovich and Szabo both tied a world record at the meet, while Kirpichnikova came within 0.29 of the world’s fastest 1500 freestyle swim. Archive photo via Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
Aquatics Palace, Kazan Russia
SCM (25m)
Results

The 2021 European Swimming Championships, which took place from November 2 – 7, 2021, dispensed cash awards to the 15 highest-scoring men and women who raced at the meet. Each swimmer was ranked based on their single best performance in terms of FINA points and the top 15 men and women were given prize money.

The top 2 points scorers at the meet are unsurprising considering that they both exactly tied a world record at the meet which will be worth 1000 FINA points. Szebasztian Szabo accomplished the feat first when he posted a 21.75 during the 50 butterfly final to tie Nicholas Santos‘ 2018 world record in that event.

Following Szabo’s 1000-point yield, Ilya Shymanovich swam his way to a 21.75 50 breaststroke, which is the exact same time that Cameron van der Burgh used to become the fastest man in history back in 2009.

On the women’s side, we almost saw a world record fall when Anastasia Kirpichnikova threw down a 15:18.30 in the final of the women’s 1500 freestyle. That time for Kirpichnikova was a massive best time and Russian record but fell just short of Sarah Kohler’s world record from 15:18.01. While she didn’t get the perfect 1000 FINA points that come along with a world record-matching swim, she scored 999 with that swim to top the rankings.

Another big 1500 freestyle at the meet came from Germany’s Florian Wellbrock who won gold in the event with a 14:09.88. While it wasn’t as close as Kirpichnikova’s, his swim neared the world record of 14:08.06 which is held by Gregorio Paltrinieri. That swim for Wellbrock was worth 993 points, which made him #3 in the points rankings.

Sarah Sjostrom and Kira Toussaint assumed the 2nd and 3rd spots in the women’s race with their respective 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke performances. Sjostrom managed to deliver a 24.50 in the women’s 50 butterfly to take gold, while Toussaint was a 25.79 to win the 50 backstroke. Those swims were good enough for 985 and 978 FINA points, respectively.

Rounding out the top 5s were Nicolo’ Martinenghi and Emre Sakci thanks to their respective 50 breast semi-final swims of 25.37 and 25.38, and Evgenia Chikunova (200 breast), and Analia Pigree (50 backstroke).

Check out the full lists of the top 15 men and women from the 2021 European Short Course Swimming Championships:

Top 15 Men – As of Day 1

RANK
NAME
COUNTRY
EVENT
TIME
FINA POINTS
MONEY EARNED (€)
=1
Ilya Shymanovich
BLR
50 breaststroke
25.25
1000
25,000
=1
Szebasztian Szabo
HUN
50 butterfly
21.75
1000
25,000
3
Florian Wellbrock
GER
1500 freestyle
14:09.88
993
15,000
4
Nicolo’ Martinenghi
ITA
50 breaststroke
25.37
985
13,000
5
Emre Sakci
TUR
50 breaststroke
25.38
984
12,000
6
Gregorio Paltrinieri
ITA
1500 freestyle
14:13.07
982
11,000
7
Arno Kamminga
NED
100 breaststroke
55.79
975
10,000
8
Kliment Kolesnikov
RUS
50 backstroke
22.47
966
9,000
9
Mikhail Dorinov
RUS
200 breaststroke
2:02.07
953
8,000
10
Erik Persson
SWE
200 breaststroke
2:02.18
951
7,000
11
Ilya Borodin
RUS
400 IM
3:58.83
950
6,000
12
Matteo Rivolta
ITA
50 butterfly
22.14
948
5,000
13
Fabio Scozolli
ITA
100 breaststroke
56.34
947
4,000
14
Alberto Razzetti
ITA
50 butterfly
1:50.24
946
3,000
15
Andreas Vazaios
GRE
200 IM
1:51.70
945
2,000

Top 15 Women – As of Day 1

RANK
NAME
COUNTRY
EVENT
TIME
FINA POINTS
MONEY EARNED (€)
1
Anastasia Kirpichnikova
RUS
1500 freestyle
15:18.30
999
25,000
2
Sarah Sjostrom
SWE
50 butterfly
24.50
985
20,000
3
Kira Toussaint
NED
50 backstroke
25.79
978
15,000
4
Evgenia Chikunova
RUS
200 breaststroke
2:16.88
950
13,000
=5
Analia Pigree
FRA
50 backstroke
26.05
949
12,000
=5
Simona Quadarella
ITA
1500 freestyle
15:34.16
949
12,000
7
Maaike de Waard
NED
100 backstroke
55.86
948
10,000
=8
Martina Caramignoli
ITA
1500 freestyle
15:37.33
939
9,000
=8
Marritt Steenbergen
NED
200 freestyle
1:52.75
939
9,000
10
Kasia Wasick
POL
50 freestyle
23.42
938
7,000
11
Silvia Scalia
ITA
50 backstroke
26.18
934
6,000
=12
Maria Temnikova
RUS
100 IM
57.83
933
5,000
=12
Alicja Tchorz
POL
100 IM
57.82
933
5,000
14
Isabel Gose
GER
800 freestyle
8:10.60
932
3,000
15
Elena di Liddo
ITA
50 backstroke
26.25
927
2,000

In addition to the top 15 awards, the LEN also gave out bonus prizes for any world and European records broken at the meet. It’s unclear whether Szabo and Shymanovich were awarded the world record bonus for tying the record, but if they were, it would add €10,000 to their earnings, bringing them to €35,000 each.

Both of their swims, however, marked new European records, for which the LEN gave out €5,000. The only other individual European record at the meet came from Gregorio Paltrinieri who lowered the men’s 800 freestyle ER to a 7:27.94.

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