LUXEMBOURG, January 30. THE Luxembourg Long Course Euro-Meet closed the curtains on a record-setting weekend that included quite a few new meet records going into the books.
Silke Lippok cleared the meet record in the women's 50 back with a winning time of 29.25. That swim beat the 29.32 set by Iryna Amshennikova back in 2006. Christin Zenner (29.45) and Alina Vats (29.62) took second and third in the race. Lippok returned in the women's 100 free with a winning 55.31. Mylene Lazare took second in 56.04, while Annika Bruhn touched third in 56.14.
Hugues Duboscq won the men's 100 breast in 1:01.60, downing the 1:01.73 meet record set by Valeriy Dymo back in 2007. Duboscq became just the second man under 1:02 in the early going of this year as Daniel Gyurta owns the pacesetter with a 1:01.18 from Antwerp earlier this month. Panagiotis Samilidis turned in a second-place 1:01.81 to become the third man under 1:02 this year, while Mattia Pesce placed third in 1:02.26.
Coralie Balmy clipped the women's 400 free meet record with a 4:11.36 for the win in the middle distance event. Camelia Potec set the previous mark with a 4:11.68 clocked in 2007. Franziska Jansen took second in 4:18.39, while Adeline Martin picked up third in 4:18.75.
Ruta Meilutyte crushed the women's 100 breast meet mark of 1:10.20 set by Sonja Schober back in 2007. First, Meilutyte clocked a 1:09.72 in preliminary qualifying, before winning the finale in 1:08.87. Laura Simon finished second in 1:10.07, while Angeliki Exarchou took third in 1:10.63.
Alain Bernard raced to victory in the men's 100 free with a 49.20. That effort eclipsed the meet record of 49.42 set by Stephan Kunzelmann in 2004, but just missed Bernard's world bellwether mark of 49.14 set in Nancy, France earlier this month. Markus Deibler took second in 49.89, while Boris Steimetz wound up third in 49.97.
Dorian Gandin beat Christian Diener to the wall, 26.30 to 26.40, in the men's 50 back. Matteo Milli earned third-place honors in 26.86. Christian Kubusch cruised to victory in the men's 400 free with a 3:54.72. Sergii Frolov finished second in 3:56.27, while Jan Wolfgarten earned third in 3:57.87.
Lena Kalla touched out Iris Rosenberger, 1:01.20 to 1:01.26, in the women's 100 fly. Annika Mehlhorn touched just behind with a third-place 1:01.28. Anthony James snagged the men's 100 fly title in 53.90. Steffen Deibler (54.02) and Philip Heintz (54.60) placed second and third.
Jenny Mensing dominated the women's 200 back with a 2:13.76. Zenner (2:15.90) and Natallia Vaskevich (2:17.25) finished second and third. Matteo Milli snagged the men's 200 back victory in 2:04.28, while Mathias Carlsson placed second in 2:04.89. Diener took his second podium with a third-place 2:05.36.