LINZ, Austria, July 12. AUSTRIA'S Mirna Jukic, 16, wowed the home crowd today, slashing two full seconds off her own European Junior record in the women's 200 meter breaststroke on Day Two of the European Junior Championships in Linz.
Jukic's time of 2:26.42 took almost exactly two seconds off the old record of 2:28.41 that she established last July 6 at the 2001 Euro Junior Championships in La Valletta, Malta.
Meanwhile, Russia continued to dominate the victory stand, winning five events to go with four yesterday. The Russian men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay team set an EJR mark in 7:28.25. The old record of 7:29.66 had been set by another Russian team at the 1998 European Juniors in Antwerp.
France's Laure Manaudou came ever-so-close to breaking the EJR mark in the 100m backstroke with her win in 1:01.88. Russia's Stanislava Komarvova was a strong second in 1:02.35. The continental junior standard of 1:01.85 was set in 2000 by Romania's Diana Mocanu. Two months later, Mocanu went on to Olympic gold in Sydney.
Russia's Yana Tolkatcheva, 15, and Hungary's Reka Nagy, 16, waged a stroke-for-stroke battle in the women's 800m free, with the Russian emerging the victor by 7-hundredths in 8:43.64.
In other events: Germany's Nele Hofmann won the 100 free in 56.73; while Russia's Vasilisa Vladykina took the 50 fly in 27.18.
Michael Cavic, Swimming World's male "High school Swimmer of the Year," attempted a difficult sprint double today, but came up a little short. Swimming for his native Yugoslavia, Cavic contested the 100 fly and 50 free, having to swim semifinals and finals in both events today.
In the 100 fly, the Cal freshman-to-be touched in 54.08, just behind Ukraine's Sergiy Advena's 53.76. Cavic's pr is 53.30. But the 18 year-old came storming back to win the 50 free in 22.74 to Sweden's Jonas Tilly's 23.06.
Russia's Yuri Prilukov stroked to victory in the 400m free in 3:53.59 to record his second victory of the Junior Championships. Yesterday he won the 200 meters handily in 1:50.26. Today he fought off a determined challenge by Britain's David Davies, who touched in 3:54.83.
Prilukov had swum an easy 3:53 in prelims and looked set to take down the continental junior mark of 3:52.96, set by Italy's Massi Rosolino seven years ago. But he could only match his prelim 3:53 swim in the final.
In other events: Germany's Philipp Cool won the 100m breast in 1:03.25; Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin took the 200 back in 2:02.81.