Ruta Meilutyte
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POZNAN, Poland, July 14. OLYMPIC gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte responded to Yuliya Efimova's time in the 100-meter breaststroke from the World University Games with an equal performance at the European Junior Championships.

Meilutyte matched Yuliya Efimova's time from the World University Games this week with a 1:05.48 of her own. Efimova had thrown down the gauntlet heading into Worlds with her solid time, but Meilutyte returned fire. Meilutyte still owns the top time in the world with a sizzling 1:05.20 from the Monte Carlo stop of the Mare Nostrum circuit. She also smashed her meet record of 1:06.92 from earlier this week. Ukraine's Viktoriya Solntsev touched second in 1:07.85, while Germany's Marlene Huether placed third in 1:09.20

Russia's Semen Makovich popped a meet record in the men's 400-meter IM with a 4:14.65. That performance closed out the 4:16.82 set by Gergo Kis back in 2006 in Spain. Great Britain's Matthew Johnson finished a distant second in 4:17.47, while Russia's Alexander Osipenko earned third-place honors in 4:18.67.


Russia's Daria Ustinova cruised to victory in the women's 100-meter backstroke finale with a 1:01.14 for the win. She dropped a 30.94 final 50 meters while the rest of the field could only manage 32s with Great Britain's Kathleen Dawson taking second in 1:02.21. Germany's Laura Riedemann wound up third in 1:02.61.

Great Britain's James Guy posted a 1:48.45 to capture the men's 200-meter free title, while Russia's Alexander Krasnykh took second in 1:49.10. Italy's Andrea D'Arrigo, who will be headed to the University of Virginia in the fall, placed third in 1:49.56 while The Netherlands' Kyle Stolk just missed the podium with a fourth-place 1:49.86.

Hungary's Dalma Sebestyen touched out Great Britain's Emma Day, 2:16.10 to 2:16.14, for the women's 200-meter IM gold medal, while Germany's Lisa Hoepink took third in 2:16.64. Denmark's Daniel Andersen pulled off an equally close finish with a 53.61 to 53.71 victory ahead of Austria's Sascha Subarsky in the men's 100-meter fly. Italy's Mattia Mugnaini picked up third in 53.73.

Russia's Vsevolod Zanko topped the men's 100-meter breast in 1:00.96, just missing Johannes Skagius' meet mark of 1:00.93 from semis. Skagius, meanwhile, took second in 1:01.27, while Russia's Ilya Khomenko earned bronze in 1:01.48.

Russia's Evgeny Sedov dominated the men's 50-meter free in 22.07 after taking down the meet record with a 22.06 in semis. Ukraine's Bogdan Plavin (22.43) and Greece's Fotios Mylonas (22.64) took second and third. Russia's Rozaliya Nasretdinova topped the women's 50-meter fly with a 26.56. Czech's Lucie Svecena (26.88) and Slovenia's Nastja Govejsek (26.99) completed the podium.

In relay action, Russia's Valeria Salamatina (1:59.87), Anastasia Guzhenkova (2:01.22), Polina Volkodavova (2:02.63) and Olympian Maria Baklakova (1:57.90) won the women's 800-meter freestyle going away with an 8:01.62 to crush the meet record. The previous standard had been an 8:06.78 from Germany in 2010. Russia's Grigory Tarasevich (54.94), Vsevolod Zanko (1:00.81), Alexander Kudashev (53.24) and Evgeny Sedov (48.94) crushed the meet record in the men's 400-meter medley relay with a 3:37.93. That swim bested the 3:38.28 set by Italy in 2009.



Results: European Junior Championships: Day Five Finals

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