BELGRADE, Serbia, July 10. THE five-day European Long Course Junior Championships came to a close with a few near misses as far as meet records are concerned.
Ukraine's Maxym Shemberyev rattled the men's 400 IM meet record with a 4:16.94. That swim just missed the 4:16.82 set by Gergo Kis back in 2006. Spain's Eduardo Solaeche Gomez took second in 4:20.36, while Great Britain's Dan Wallace snared third in 4:20.60.
Denmark's Mie Nielsen clocked a 1:02.50 to win the women's 100 back, while Great Britain's Jessica Fullalove placed a close second in 1:02.75. Spain's Lidon Munoz Del Campo completed the top three in 1:03.15. Austria's Christian Scheruebl touched out Denmark's Daniel Skaaning, 1:49.51 to 1:49.56, in the men's 200 free. Poland's Pawel Werner finished third in 1:49.93, while Great Britain's Ieuan Lloyd also cleared 1:50 with a fourth-place 1:49.96.
Great Britain's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor gave Grainne Murphy's meet record of 2:14.15 in the women's 200 IM a run with a winning time of 2:14.71. Hungary's Sara Joo took second in 2:16.34, while Russia's Anastasia Sineva earned third in 2:16.44. Serbia's Velimir Stjepanovic topped the men's 100 fly in 53.79, while Ukraine's Yevgen Koptyelov placed second in 53.94. Italy's Martino Lucatello (53.96) and Belarus' Yahor Dodaleu (53.98) wound up third and fourth.
Hungary's Ann Sztankovics held off Finland's Jenna Laukkanen, 1:09.31 to 1:09.48, for the women's 100 breast title. Russia's Irina Novikova also cleared 1:10 with a third-place 1:09.62. Greece's Panagiotis Samilidis won the men's 100 breast in 1:01.13, while Great Britain's Craig Benson placed second in 1:02.17. Ukraine's Olexiy Roxhkov picked up third in 1:02.27.
Spain's Aitor Martinez Rodriguez won the men's 50 free in 22.64, while Croatia's Mihael Vukic and Greece's Kristian Gkolomeev tied for second with matching 22.86s. Sweden's Louise Hansson edged Russia'd Aria Tcvetkova, 27.04 to 27.06, in the women's 50 fly. Russia's Svetlana Chimrova garnered third-place honors in 27.22.
Camille Gheorghiu, Assia Touatl, Charlotte Van Adringa and Margaux Verger Gourson won the women's 800 free relay in 8:07.63 for France. Russia (8:09.51) and Spain (8:12.23) finished second and third in the relay.
Niccolo Bonacchi, Martion Lucatello, Roberto Parisi and Giacomo Ferri clocked a 3:42.01 to claim the men's 400 medley relay for Italy. Germany (3:42.57) and Russia (3:42.82) posted second and third-place efforts to close the curtains on an entertaining five-day meet.