Great swimming and promising performances on the first day in Royal Arena
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships kicked off today (Wednesday) with World Class performances in the brand new state-of-the-art multipurpose arena.
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships are the very first sporting event in Royal Arena and for the next five days in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. The European swimmers got out of the starting block with impressive results.
European Stars in Royal Arena
However, the Italian breaststroker Fabio Scozzoli stole the headlines in the first final when he set a new European record of 50m in 25.62, an improvement of 10/100 of a second. Adam Peaty came in third just 8/100 of a second after the Italian winner.
The names of the winners were engraved on the medals on the spot and more swimmers like Sarah Sjöström, Katinka Hosszu and Laszlo Cseh have tuned in for top results.
The staging of the event has been prepared for almost two years and with the support of strong partners.
Copenhagen City’s Mayor of Culture and Leisure, Carl Christian Ebbesen (DF) has been following the performance of the Royal Arena with great enthusiasm and says:
"The European Championship in short course swimming is the first sporting event ever held in the Royal Arena. And the championship indeed got a great start on the opening day with lots of talented athletes and happy spectators in impressive surroundings. With this fantastic experience, the road is paved for many more sports events in the Royal Arena and a whole new era for Copenhagen hosting major international sports events.”
Prelims: start 09.30. Finals start at 17.00.
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships are staged by LEN - the European Swimming Federation and the Danish Swimming Federation and with the official partners; Sport Event Denmark, City of Copenhagen, The Capital Region of Copenhagen and Wonderful Copenhagen.
Photo: Credit Lars Møller. Only for editorial use for the coverage of LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2017.