KIRSCHBERG, Luxembourg, April 25. THE first day of the CIJ Meet held in Luxembourg featured several meet records fall throughout competition.
Gero Emeling opened the meet with a record-breaking time of 2:04.18 in the men's 200 fly. The time eclipsed a 24-year-old record of 2:04.61 that had stood since 1984.
Linus Junefelt of Sweden, just 16 years old, posted the fastest time of all ages in the men's 400 free with a time of 4:02.09, destroying the meet record for 16 year olds of 4:06.96 set back in 1987.
A pair of meet records fell in the men's 200 IM with Marco Koch setting the 17-18 age division standard with a 2:06.23, while Yannick Lebherz touched in 2:06.84 to win among the 19-20 group.
Emilia Pikkarainen of Finland emerged from the 15-16 group with a meet-record time of 2:22.06, that also beat all-comers regardless of age.
The women's 400 free featured another younger swimmer winning the open title out of all heats as Laura Zimmerman touched in 4:30.90 for the top time of the day.
Heidi Karjalainen of Finland won a close contest with Sabrina Marzahn, 2:21.58 to 2:21.81, in the women's 200 fly.