POZNAN, Poland, July 12. THE Russian contingent kept the ball rolling with another run on gold-medal hardware tonight at the European Junior Championships in Poland.
Russia's Evgeny Sedov scorched the finale in the men's 100-meter free with a time of 49.23 for the win. That swim closed within a second of Danila Izotov's remarkable 48.48 meet record from 2009, and everyone saw what Izotov is capable of now at the World University Games tonight. The Netherlands' Kyle Stolk placed second in 49.94, while Poland's Sebastian Szczepanski took third in 50.22.
Great Britain's Matthew Johnson took home the men's 200-meter fly title in 1:58.84, while Russia's Alexander Kudashev finished second in 1:59.09. Spain's Pedro Terres Illescas snared third-place honors in 1:59.73.
Ukraine's Viktoriya Solntseva, who blazed her way to a world-ranked swim in the 50-meter breast on night one, walked away with another breaststroke title with a 2:25.97 in the women's 200-meter breaststroke this evening. Her compatriot Anastasiya Malyavina touched a distant second in 2:28.71, while Italy's Silvia Guerra pocketed third with a 2:30.03.
Russia's Semen Makovich just missed his meet record of 1:59.91 from semis with a winning time of 1:59.94 in the men's 200-meter IM this evening. He still has the only sub-2:00 times ever in the meet's history, having beaten the competition mark of 2:00.73 set by Xavier Mohammed in 2008. Great Britain's Max Litchfield (2:02.13) and Mark Szaranek (2:02.49) took second and third.
Russia's Daria Ustinova touched out Great Britain's Kathleen Dawson, 28.63 to 28.69, for the women's 50-meter backstroke triumph. Both fell just short of Mie Nielsen's 2012 meet record of 28.51. Germany's Laura Riedemann finished third overall in 29.05.
Sweden's Johannes Skagius topped the men's 50-meter breaststroke finale with a 27.71, while Slovenia's Peter John Stevens and Vsevolod Zanko tied for second with matching 28.06s. In distance freestyle swimming, Spain's Jimena Perez Blanco won the women's 1500-meter free in 16:30.63. Hungary's Flora Sibalin (16:36.80) and Italy's Alisia Tettamanzi (16:41.49) comprise the rest of the top three.
Great Britain's Max Litchfield (1:50.25), Alex Dunk (1:52.55), Caleb Hughes (1:49.20) and James Guy (1:47.84) captured the men's 800-meter free relay crown in 7:19.84, while Russia's Daria Ustinova (1:01.69), Anastasia Guzhenkova (59.75), Polina Kazina (1:10.80) and Maria Baklakova (53.87) clocked a 4:06.11 for the women's 400-meter medley relay triumph.
In semifinal action, Russian Olympian Maria Baklakova cruised to the top time in the women's 200-meter free with a 1:59.10. She's definitely going after her meet record of 1:58.26 from 2012 during finals tomorrow. Russia's Valeria Salamatina finished second in semis with a 2:00.92.
Lithuania's Danas Rapsys cleared 2:00 with a top time of 1:59.65 in the men's 200-meter back semis, while Russia's Grigory Tarasevich qualified second in 2:00.57. Czech's Lucie Svecena posted a 59.54 to top the women's 100-meter fly semis.
Results: European Junior Championships: Day Three Finals