Four-time Olympic champion Yana Klochkova failed to qualify Tuesday for the final of the women`s 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of the European swimming championships, according to Canadian Press.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian, who won the 200 and 400 individual medley at both the Sydney and Athens Olympics, finished her heat in four minutes 50.36 seconds - 17 seconds slower than her own European record and 12th overall.

Klochkova took a break from training after Athens and is working her way back to full fitness for the Beijing Olympics.

Yana Martynova of Russia qualified fastest for the evening final with a time of 4:40.47. Alessia Filippi of Italy was second in 4:42.80 and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was third in 4:42.86 at the National Swimming Center, where many top swimmers are treating the meet as a preparation for the Beijing Olympics.