DODRECHT, The Netherlands, July 13. A top 20 time went up on the scoreboard to close out the European Junior Championships in Dodrecht.
Russia’s Maria Astashkina vaulted to 20th in the world rankings in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke with her victory tonight. She blasted a 1:07.82 with a 32.19 first 50 split. That swim knocked Miku Kanasashi’s 1:07.86 out of the 20th spot in the world. Germany’s Marlene Huether finished second in the finale with a time of 1:09.19, while Russia’s Daria Chukunova picked up third with a 1:09.33.
Spain’s Africa Zamorano Sanz set a meet record in the women’s 200-meter IM finale with a time of 2:13.80. Great Britain’s Georgia Coates had a battle with Germany’s Lisa Katharina Hoepink for second, coming out on top in 2:14.72 to 2:14.97.
Russia’s Evgeny Sedov dusted off the field in the men’s 50-meter free with a winning time of 22.16. He’s been a bit faster this year with a 14th-ranked 21.98 from the Russian National Swim Cup. In fact, he’s the third-fastest Russian in the event behind Vlad Morozov (21.55) and Andrey Grechin (21.94). Poland’s Jan Holub took second in 22.45 with Greece’s Fotios Mylonas claiming third in 22.56.
Hungary’s Ben Gratz raced through the men’s 400-meter IM for the title in 4:19.68. No one else even came close as he put away the field down the stretch with a 28.33 final split. His teammate Norbert Szabo finished second overall in 4:23.77, while Spain’s Joan Casanovas Skoubo picked up third in the finale with a time of 4:24.09.
Russia’s Daria K Ustinova, who already ranks fifth in the world with a swift 59.78 from Russian Nationals earlier this year, popped a 1:00.37 to win the women’s 100-meter backstroke tonight. Russia also went 1-2 in the finale as Ekaterina Tomashevskaia picked up second-place honors in 1:01.53. Germany’s Laura Riedemann chased down third overall in 1:02.34.
Germany’s Max Pilger wrapped up the men’s 100-meter breaststroke title in 1:01.97, while Israel’s Itay Goldfaden touched second in the finale with a 1:02.09. Russia’s Anton Chupkov wound up third in 1:02.22.
Kyle Stolk gave the host crowd something something to cheer about as he clipped Italy’s Nicolangelo Di Fabio, 1:48.46 to 1:48.80, for the men’s 200-meter freestyle. Russia’s Anton Skudnov pocketed third overall in the event with a time of 1:49.23.
Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov touched out Switzerland’s Nils Liess, 53.52 to 53.59, for the men’s 100-meter fly crown. Russia’s Valdislav Kozlov also cleared 54 with a third-place performance of 53.83. Slovakia’s Barbora Misendova followed with a 26.84 to win the women’s 50-meter fly. Hungary’s Szonja Szokol claimed second in 27.02, while Maria Kameneva took third in 27.03.
Russia, powered by the unrelated Ustinovas, won the women’s 800-meter free relay in 8:03.68. Arina Openysheva (2:00.55), Daria Mullakaeva (1:59.05), Daria K Ustinova (2:02.47) and Daria S Ustinova (2:01.61) raced to the 8:03.68 for the gold medal.
Russia closed out an impressive night of swimming with a win in the men’s 400-meter medley relay. Evgeny Rylov (54.44), Aleksandr Sadovnikov (53.43), Anton Chupkov (1:00.86) and Filipp Shopin (50.52) won in 3:39.25.