HELSINKI, Finland, July 17. THE penultimate day of long course meter competition at the European Junior Championships featured a meet record in relay swimming, while several other gold medals were awarded.
Germany's Elisa Thimm, Juliane Reinhold, Silke Lippok and Johanna Friedrich lowered the meet record in the women's 800 free relay with a time of 8:06.78. That swim downed the previous record of 8:08.31 set by Great Britain last year.
Lippok won the first medal on offer tonight with a 2:00.11 for the win in the women's 200 free. Sweden's Henrietta Stenkvist placed second in 2:01.72, while Ukraine's Valeriya Podlesna picked up third-place honors in 2:01.76.
Hungary's Peter Bernek won the men's 200 back in 1:59.24, while compatriot Balazs Zambo touched second in 2:01.10. Israel's Yakov-Yan Toumarkin earned third with a time of 2:01.14.
Great Britain's Rachael Kelly claimed the women's 100 fly title in 1:00.47, while Spain's Judit Ignacio Sorribes touched just behind with a second-place 1:00.60. Italy's Beatrice Fassone completed an exciting three-way finish with a third-place 1:00.64.
Turkey's Ediz Yildirimer won the men's 800 free in 8:03.17, while Ukraine's Sergiy Frolov finished second in 8:04.84. Belgium's Ward Bauwens placed third overall in 8:07.25.
Ukraine's Nadiya Koba captured the women's 50 free crown in 25.46, while Lippok picked up her second podium of the night with a 25.71 for silver. France's Beryl Gastaldello completed the podium with a third-place 25.98.
Germany's Christian Diener snagged the men's 50 back title in 26.03. Poland's Mateusz Zawada finished second in 26.24, while Germany's Philipp Wolf wound up third in 26.26.
Great Britain's Karley Mann stopped the clock in 1:02.49 for the top time in the women's 100 back semis, while Ukraine's Daryna Zevina qualified second in 1:03.13. Yesterday's breakout star, Hungary's Bence Biczo, topped semis in the men's 100 fly with a 54.31. A day ago, he jumped into international contention with a 1:55.82 in the men's 200 fly. Mehdy Metella qualified second in the 100 with a 54.33.
France's Yannick Agnel cruised to the top seed in the men's 200 free with a 1:49.64. He's already turned in a second-ranked 1:46.30 at the Paris Open this year, and should easily lower his meet record (1:47.02) during finals. Russia's Andrey Ushakov qualified well back in second with a 1:51.01. Spain's Marina Garcia Urzainqui led the way in the women's 100 breast semis with a 1:09.55, while Great Britain's Sara Lougher finished second in 1:10.35.
Great Britain's Sophie Smith dominated the women's 200 IM semis with a 2:16.05, while Spain's Beatriz Gomez Cortes took second in 2:18.10. Norway's Sverre Naess turned in a 1:01.96 in the men's 100 breast semis for the top seed, while Russia's Anton Lobanov qualified second in 1:02.22.