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Risztov Sets European Record in the 800, Rupprath Wins Two at Euro Champs -- December 13, 2002

RIESA, Germany, Dec. 13. SEVENTEEN year-old Hungarian Eva Rosztov cracked a European record set when she was just a year old and Germany's Thomas Rupprath earned two golds in just over 20 minutes to highlight the action at the European Short Course Championships today.

The day also saw Austria's Mirnia Jukic, just six months after winning a Euro Junior title, take her second European Championship gold, as well as a tie between Martina Moravcova of Slovakia and Alena Popchanka of Belarus in the women's 100 meter freestyle.

Risztov, 17, broke the near 16-year-old European mark in the women's 800m freestyle, erasing one of the last continental swimming records held by an East German and fittingly did it in a pool set up in an arena in the former Communist German state.

Risztov, who won the 200 butterfly yesterday, took her second gold of the championships when she won a fine duel with defending champion Flavia Rigamonti of Switzerland and SMU, pulling away in the final 100 meters to touch in 8:14.72.

That bettered the drug-aided European mark of 8:15.34 set by East German Astrid Strauss in 1987, when Risztov was barely walking. Risztov's time was the second-fastest in history, only behind Japan's Sachiko Yamada's WR set earlier this year. Rigamonti finished
in 8:16.16, fifth fasstest all-time. Germany's Hanna Stockbauer, world long-course champion in the 800 and 1500 freestyle, took the bronze in 8:20.92.

"That was my first European record and even the world record was under threat. At 700 meters I increased the pace again and felt that Rigamonti could not counter that," Risztov said.

Rupprath, who has raced in three continents over the past three weeks, maintained his hectic pace with back-to-back wins in the 100 butterfly and 50 backstroke.
The 25-year-old flew to victory in the men's 100 butterfly in 50.77 seconds to retain his title by nearly a second, then followed with a decisive win in the 50 back in 23.66..

Rupprath was not going for records here, just the wins. "I planned the race to save strength at the start so as to have enough power on the last length," said Rupprath.

Sweden's Emma Igelstrom, another globe-trotter, could not match Rupprath's stamina and finished a disappointing seventh in the 200m breast, an event in which she set the ER only last week. That event went to 16 year-old Mirna Jukic, who won the European long course title in Berlin earlier this year. The Austrian built a lead then hung oin to fend off a challenge from Sarah Poewe to win by 33-hundredths in a championship record 2:21.66. Defending champion Anne Poleska of Germany (and Alabama) took the bronze this time, while Hungarian Olympic champion Agnes Kovacs finished fifth.

Moravcova claimed her 13th gold medal in six European short-course championships when she shared victory with Popchanka in the 100 free, having previously won two silvers and three bronzes in the event.

"The time (53.66) wasn't so good but I love this position (first), even though I have to share it," said the Dallas-based Moravcova.

(Last weekend Holland's Inky de Bruijn swam a 53.19 at a meet in Beaverton, Oregon.)

Italy's Alessio Boggiatto won the men's 400 individual medley for the third year in a row and Oleg Lisogor defended his 100m breaststroke title.

Antje Buschschulte gave Germany its first win of the day with a one-second victory in the women's 100m backstroke.

Sweden's Anna-Karin Kammerling led a one-two aSwedish finish in the 50m fly, then picked up another gold in Sweden's victorious 200m freestyle relay.



EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Riesa, Germany
Dec. 12-15, 2002

25 meter pool

DAY TWO: December 13, 2002

RESULTS

MEN


400 metres individual medley
1. Alessio Boggiatto (ITA) 4:07.44
2. Jacob Carstensen (DEN) 4:08.80
3. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 4:08.96
4. Istvan Bathazi (HUN) 4:11.70
5. Dmytro Nazarenko (UKR) 4:12.07
6. Michael Halika (ISR) 4:13.60
7. Adrian Turner (GBR) 4:14.51
8. Mihail Alexandrov (BUL) 4:16.13


100m breaststroke
1. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 0:59.09
2. Hugues Duboscq (FRA) 0:59.18
3. Jarno Pihlava (FIN) 0:59.49
4. Dimitri Komornikov (RUS) 0:59.72
5. Maxim Podoprigora (AUT) 1:00.04
6. Mladen Tepavcevic (YUG) 1:00.37
7. Remo Luetolf (SUI) 1:00.46
8. Davide Cassol (ITA) 1:00.60


100m butterfly
1. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 50.77
2. Andriy Serdinov (UKR) 51.57
3. Igor Marchenko (RUS) 51.61
4. James Hickman (GBR) 51.66
5. Yevgeny Korotyshkin (RUS) 51.97
6. Pavel Lagoun (BLR) 52.30
7. Tero Valimaa (FIN) 52.51
8. Denys Sylantyev (UKR) 52.58


50m backstroke
1. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 23.66
2. Stev Theloke (GER) 24.29
3. Darius Grigalionis (LTU) 24.62
4. Orn Arnarsson (ISL) 24.70
5. Peter Horvath (HUN) 24.80
6. Peter Mankoc (SLO) 24.86
7. Bastiaan Tamminga (NED) 24.88
8. Miro Zeravica (CRO) 24.90

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WOMEN

800 metres freestyle
1. Eva Risztov (HUN) 8:14.72 ER
2. Flavia Rigamonti (SUI) 8:16.16 NR
3. Hannah Stockbauer (GER) 8:20.92
4. Jana Henke (GER) 8:21.76
5. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 8:25.87
6. Irina Ufimtseva (RUS) 8:29.51
7. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 8:30.24
8. Melissa Caballero (ESP) 8:30.62


200 metres breaststroke
1. Mirna Jukic (AUT) 2:21.66 CR, NR
2. Sarah Poewe (GER) 2:21.99
3. Anne Poleska (GER) 2:23.51
4. Yelena Bogomazova (RUS) 2:24.78
5. Agnes Kovacs (HUN) 2:24.79
6. Diana Remenyi (HUN) 2:26.46
7. Emma Igelstrom (SWE) 2:27.02
8. Yekaterina Kormacheva (RUS) 2:27.29


100m freestyle
1. Alena Popchanka (BLR) 53.66
1. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 53.66
3. Petra Dallmann (GER) 54.03
4. Alison Sheppard (GBR) 54.04
5. Marleen Veldhuis (NED) 54.19
6. Josefin Lillhage (SWE) 54.50
7. Jana Myskova (CZE) 54.65
8. Chantal Groot (NED) 54.76


100m backstroke
1. Antje Buschschulte (GER) 0:58.60 NR
2. Ilona Hlavackova (CZE) 0:59.61
3. Sarah Price (GBR) 0:59.83
4. Stanislava Komarova (RUS) 0:59.92
5. Laure Manaudou (FRA) 0:59.93
6. Louise Ornstedt (DEN) 0:59.97
7. Janine Pietsch (GER) 1:00.01
8. Iryna Amshennikova (UKR) 1:00.58


50m butterfly
1. Anna-Karin Kammerling (SWE) 25.78
2. Lina Hallander (SWE) 26.74
3. Vered Borochovski (ISR) 26.87 NR
4. Chantal Groot (NED) 27.01
5. Judith Draxler (AUT) 27.13
6. Fabienne Nadarajah (AUT) 27.18
7. Nele Hofmann (GER) 27.37
8. Angela San Juan (ESP) 27.57


4x50m freestyle relay
1. Sweden (Josefin Lillhage, Therese Alshammar, Anna-Karin Kammerling, Cathrin Carlzon) 1:38.65
2. Belarus (Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Hanna Shcherba, Sviatlana Khakhlova, Alena Popchanka) 1:39.03
3. Germany (Antje Buschschulte, Dorothea Brandt, Petra Dallmann, Janine Pietsch) 1:39.56
4. Netherlands (Marleen Veldhuis, Suze Valen, Annabel Kosten, Chantal Groot) 1:39.64
5. Czech Republic (Sandra Kazikova, Petra Klosova, Ilona Hlavackova, Jana Myskova) 1:39.82
6. Britain (Alison Sheppard, Rosalind Brett, Melanie Marshall, Sarah Price) 1:41.08
7. Denmark (Jeanette Ottesen, Karen Egdal, Eva Zachariassen, Sophia Skou 1:42.21
8. France (Aurore Mongel, Laure Manaudou, Solenne Figues, Malia Matella) 1:42.43

RIESA, Germany, Dec. 13. SEVENTEEN year-old Hungarian Eva Rosztov cracked a European record set when she was just a year old and Germany's Thomas Rupprath earned two golds in just over 20 minutes to highlight the action at the European Short Course Championships today.

The day also saw Austria's Mirnia Jukic, just six months after winning a Euro Junior title, take her second European Championship gold, as well as a tie between Martina Moravcova of Slovakia and Alena Popchanka of Belarus in the women's 100 meter freestyle.

Risztov, 17, broke the near 16-year-old European mark in the women's 800m freestyle, erasing one of the last continental swimming records held by an East German and fittingly did it in a pool set up in an arena in the former Communist German state.

Risztov, who won the 200 butterfly yesterday, took her second gold of the championships when she won a fine duel with defending champion Flavia Rigamonti of Switzerland and SMU, pulling away in the final 100 meters to touch in 8:14.72.

That bettered the drug-aided European mark of 8:15.34 set by East German Astrid Strauss in 1987, when Risztov was barely walking. Risztov's time was the second-fastest in history, only behind Japan's Sachiko Yamada's WR set earlier this year. Rigamonti finished
in 8:16.16, fifth fasstest all-time. Germany's Hanna Stockbauer, world long-course champion in the 800 and 1500 freestyle, took the bronze in 8:20.92.

"That was my first European record and even the world record was under threat. At 700 meters I increased the pace again and felt that Rigamonti could not counter that," Risztov said.

Rupprath, who has raced in three continents over the past three weeks, maintained his hectic pace with back-to-back wins in the 100 butterfly and 50 backstroke.
The 25-year-old flew to victory in the men's 100 butterfly in 50.77 seconds to retain his title by nearly a second, then followed with a decisive win in the 50 back in 23.66..

Rupprath was not going for records here, just the wins. "I planned the race to save strength at the start so as to have enough power on the last length," said Rupprath.

Sweden's Emma Igelstrom, another globe-trotter, could not match Rupprath's stamina and finished a disappointing seventh in the 200m breast, an event in which she set the ER only last week. That event went to 16 year-old Mirna Jukic, who won the European long course title in Berlin earlier this year. The Austrian built a lead then hung oin to fend off a challenge from Sarah Poewe to win by 33-hundredths in a championship record 2:21.66. Defending champion Anne Poleska of Germany (and Alabama) took the bronze this time, while Hungarian Olympic champion Agnes Kovacs finished fifth.

Moravcova claimed her 13th gold medal in six European short-course championships when she shared victory with Popchanka in the 100 free, having previously won two silvers and three bronzes in the event.

"The time (53.66) wasn't so good but I love this position (first), even though I have to share it," said the Dallas-based Moravcova.

(Last weekend Holland's Inky de Bruijn swam a 53.19 at a meet in Beaverton, Oregon.)

Italy's Alessio Boggiatto won the men's 400 individual medley for the third year in a row and Oleg Lisogor defended his 100m breaststroke title.

Antje Buschschulte gave Germany its first win of the day with a one-second victory in the women's 100m backstroke.

Sweden's Anna-Karin Kammerling led a one-two aSwedish finish in the 50m fly, then picked up another gold in Sweden's victorious 200m freestyle relay.



EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Riesa, Germany
Dec. 12-15, 2002

25 meter pool

DAY TWO: December 13, 2002

RESULTS

MEN


400 metres individual medley
1. Alessio Boggiatto (ITA) 4:07.44
2. Jacob Carstensen (DEN) 4:08.80
3. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 4:08.96
4. Istvan Bathazi (HUN) 4:11.70
5. Dmytro Nazarenko (UKR) 4:12.07
6. Michael Halika (ISR) 4:13.60
7. Adrian Turner (GBR) 4:14.51
8. Mihail Alexandrov (BUL) 4:16.13


100m breaststroke
1. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 0:59.09
2. Hugues Duboscq (FRA) 0:59.18
3. Jarno Pihlava (FIN) 0:59.49
4. Dimitri Komornikov (RUS) 0:59.72
5. Maxim Podoprigora (AUT) 1:00.04
6. Mladen Tepavcevic (YUG) 1:00.37
7. Remo Luetolf (SUI) 1:00.46
8. Davide Cassol (ITA) 1:00.60


100m butterfly
1. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 50.77
2. Andriy Serdinov (UKR) 51.57
3. Igor Marchenko (RUS) 51.61
4. James Hickman (GBR) 51.66
5. Yevgeny Korotyshkin (RUS) 51.97
6. Pavel Lagoun (BLR) 52.30
7. Tero Valimaa (FIN) 52.51
8. Denys Sylantyev (UKR) 52.58


50m backstroke
1. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 23.66
2. Stev Theloke (GER) 24.29
3. Darius Grigalionis (LTU) 24.62
4. Orn Arnarsson (ISL) 24.70
5. Peter Horvath (HUN) 24.80
6. Peter Mankoc (SLO) 24.86
7. Bastiaan Tamminga (NED) 24.88
8. Miro Zeravica (CRO) 24.90

- -

WOMEN

800 metres freestyle
1. Eva Risztov (HUN) 8:14.72 ER
2. Flavia Rigamonti (SUI) 8:16.16 NR
3. Hannah Stockbauer (GER) 8:20.92
4. Jana Henke (GER) 8:21.76
5. Keri-Anne Payne (GBR) 8:25.87
6. Irina Ufimtseva (RUS) 8:29.51
7. Erika Villaecija (ESP) 8:30.24
8. Melissa Caballero (ESP) 8:30.62


200 metres breaststroke
1. Mirna Jukic (AUT) 2:21.66 CR, NR
2. Sarah Poewe (GER) 2:21.99
3. Anne Poleska (GER) 2:23.51
4. Yelena Bogomazova (RUS) 2:24.78
5. Agnes Kovacs (HUN) 2:24.79
6. Diana Remenyi (HUN) 2:26.46
7. Emma Igelstrom (SWE) 2:27.02
8. Yekaterina Kormacheva (RUS) 2:27.29


100m freestyle
1. Alena Popchanka (BLR) 53.66
1. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 53.66
3. Petra Dallmann (GER) 54.03
4. Alison Sheppard (GBR) 54.04
5. Marleen Veldhuis (NED) 54.19
6. Josefin Lillhage (SWE) 54.50
7. Jana Myskova (CZE) 54.65
8. Chantal Groot (NED) 54.76


100m backstroke
1. Antje Buschschulte (GER) 0:58.60 NR
2. Ilona Hlavackova (CZE) 0:59.61
3. Sarah Price (GBR) 0:59.83
4. Stanislava Komarova (RUS) 0:59.92
5. Laure Manaudou (FRA) 0:59.93
6. Louise Ornstedt (DEN) 0:59.97
7. Janine Pietsch (GER) 1:00.01
8. Iryna Amshennikova (UKR) 1:00.58


50m butterfly
1. Anna-Karin Kammerling (SWE) 25.78
2. Lina Hallander (SWE) 26.74
3. Vered Borochovski (ISR) 26.87 NR
4. Chantal Groot (NED) 27.01
5. Judith Draxler (AUT) 27.13
6. Fabienne Nadarajah (AUT) 27.18
7. Nele Hofmann (GER) 27.37
8. Angela San Juan (ESP) 27.57


4x50m freestyle relay
1. Sweden (Josefin Lillhage, Therese Alshammar, Anna-Karin Kammerling, Cathrin Carlzon) 1:38.65
2. Belarus (Aliaksandra Herasimenia, Hanna Shcherba, Sviatlana Khakhlova, Alena Popchanka) 1:39.03
3. Germany (Antje Buschschulte, Dorothea Brandt, Petra Dallmann, Janine Pietsch) 1:39.56
4. Netherlands (Marleen Veldhuis, Suze Valen, Annabel Kosten, Chantal Groot) 1:39.64
5. Czech Republic (Sandra Kazikova, Petra Klosova, Ilona Hlavackova, Jana Myskova) 1:39.82
6. Britain (Alison Sheppard, Rosalind Brett, Melanie Marshall, Sarah Price) 1:41.08
7. Denmark (Jeanette Ottesen, Karen Egdal, Eva Zachariassen, Sophia Skou 1:42.21
8. France (Aurore Mongel, Laure Manaudou, Solenne Figues, Malia Matella) 1:42.43