ESBJERG, Denmark, April 9. THE third evening of swimming at the Denmark Long Course Championships featured what has become a routine occurrence at national championships across the world – a bunch of national-record swims.
Jakob Andkjaer crushed his national record in the men's 50 fly. After clocking a 23.52 record in semis, Andkjaer raced to a 23.36 for the win in finals.
Marcus Bak followed in the men's 200 back with a national-record time of 2:02.31. The swim beat the former record of 2:02.73 set by Lars Sorensen back in 1991.
In other swimming, Lotte Friis cruised in the women's 800 free with a winning time of 8:35.44. Jeanette Ottesen topped the women's 100 free in 54.63.
Meanwhile, Rikke Moller Pedersen earned the women's 200 breast crown in 2:30.40. Pernille Larsen earned the victory in the women's 100 back with a time of 1:01.23. Thijs van Valkengoed of The Netherlands walked away with the title in the men's 100 breast with a 1:02.59. Julie Hjorth-Hansen earned the women's 400 IM triumph in 4:40.85.
In semis, Micha Ostergaard paced the women's 100 fly in 59.68, while Andkjaer led the way in the men's 100 free with a 50.09.
The Elitesvom Esbjerg foursome of Jon Rud, Jacob Carstensen, Nikolai Kirketerp Moller and Chris Christensen finished the night with a national record in the men's 800 free relay with a time of 7:25.76. That effort smashed the 7:31.99 set by Sigma back in July 2008.