PORTO, Portugal, June 7. BARBORA Zavadova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 400 IM and 200 breast, setting a new meet record in the IM, during the first night of finals at the 31st International Meeting of Porto in Portugal tonight.
Zavadova got the meet started in record-breaking fashion with a new meet record in the 400 IM. Zavadova completed the distance in 4:44.21 to lower Yana Klochkova’s 4:47.89 from 1995. Portugal’s Victoria Kaminskaya, who lowered the Portugal national record a week ago in Coimbra, finished second in 4:52.59. Brazil’s Bruna Primati took third in 4:58.67.
In the men’s 1500 free, Vilcondense’s Pedro Bessa turned in a commanding win, hitting the wall seven seconds in front of Portugal’s Rafael Gil, 16:07.12 to 16:14.87. Gespacos’ Hugo Ribeiro came in third at 16:16.51.
The women’s 100 free crown went to Brazilian Jessica Cavalheiro in 57.59. She finished the race .99 ahead of India’s Shivani Kataria, who touched in 58.58. Porto’s Ana Rodrigues came in third at 58.91.
Brazil kept the ball rolling as Luiz Melo captured the men’s 200 free title with a 1:51.07. Famalicao’s Luis Vaz led at the 150-meter mark before fading to second in 1:52.45. Sporting’s Ricardo Cotovio came in third with a 1:54.40.
Jan Kutil of the Czech Republic posted the fastest time in the men’s 100 breast final with a 1:03.80. SF Olympique Courbevoie’s Talel M’Rabet touched second in 1:04.49, just .01 ahead of Brazil’s Andreas Mickoz (1:04.50).
Etiene Medeiros of Brazil dominated the women’s 100 back final with a four-second victory. Medeiros stopped the clock in 1:03.13 to demolish the rest of the field and second place finisher Joana Silva of Lousada SXXXI (1:07.12). Ile de France Natation’s Rim Quenniche swam a 1:08.38 for third.
Vilacondense’s Ana Monteiro and Brazil’s Giovana Diamante treated the crowd to an exciting finish in the women’s 200 fly, as Monteiro touched three tenths ahead, 2:15.12 to 2:15.45. Sporting’s Sofia Branco finished well behind in third at 2:22.93.
In the men’s 100 fly, Nuno Quintanilha of Portugal topped the final heat in 55.49. Luiz Melo of Brazil wasn’t far behind in 55.75, while India’s Supriya Mondal finished third in 56.54.
Viviane Jungblut of Brazil had the best time in the women’s 400 free, a 4:19.98. Tamila Holub of Portgual finished less than a second behind in 4:20.78, while Bruna Primati of Brazil earned another top three finish with a 4:20.79.
SF Olympique Courbevoie’s Taki M’Rabet claimed the men’s 200 IM title in a 2:09.04, not far in front of Portugal’s Nuno Quintanilha (2:10.39) and Ile de France Natation’s Theo Berry (2:10.54).
Barbora Zavadova of the Czech Republic picked up her second win of the night, this time in the women’s 200 breast. She beat Portugal’s Victoria Kaminskaya for the second straight event, but this time by a slimmer margin. Zavadova touched first in 2:34.04, followed by Kaminskaya in 2:34.09. Michaela Kadlecova of the Czech Republic came in third with a 2:42.60.
Joao Vital of Portugal brought home the men’s 200 back title with a 2:07.98, with Arvind Mani of India right on his heels in 2:08.29. Ricardo Cotovio of Sporting rounded out the top three in 2:12.44.
In relay action, Porto’s foursome of Marta Abreu, Sara Oliveira, Ana Rodrigues and Diana Duraes took home the 200 medley relay win in 2:00.26. Meanwhile, Joao Ascensao, Fabio Figueira, Gill Pinto and Carlos Santos topped the men’s 200 free relay in 1:36.84.
A couple of sprint finals closed out the night. Ana Carvalho (women’s 50 breast, 33.78), Matheus Santana (men’s 50 free, 23.67), Giovana Diamante (women’s 50 fly, 27.55) and Rohit Imoliya (men’s 50 back, 27.47) brought home individual sprint titles to close out night one.