European Junior Championships: Yannick Agnel Posts Meet-Record 200 Free, Anton Lobanov Strong In 100 Breast

HELSINKI, Finland, July 18. THE European Junior Championships finished the way it started with France's Yannick Agnel putting up yet another sterling time. The meet took place in long course meter format.

Agnel nearly downed his second-ranked season-best time of 1:46.30 in the men's 200 free, but settled with a meet-record effort of 1:46.58 in the event. He lowered his 2009 mark of 1:47.02. Russia's Andrey Ushakov placed second in 1:49.11, while Denmark's Daniel Skaaning pocketed third in 1:50.23.

Russia's Anton Lobanov jumped up to 15th in the world in the men's 100 breast with a sterling time of 1:01.06. He bumped Brazil's Tales Cerdeira (1:01.12) out of the top 15. Norway's Sverre Naess cleared 1:02 as well with a second-place time of 1:01.91, while Germany's Christian vom Lehm touched third in 1:02.56.

Ukraine's Maxym Shemberyev won the men's 400 IM with a time of 4:20.46, while Luxembourg's Raphael Stacchiotti touched second in 4:21.28. Hungary's Zsombor Szana snatched third in 4:21.53.

Ukraine's Daryna Zevina topped the women's 100 back in 1:02.05, while Italy's Rachele Qualla took second in 1:02.72. Great Britain's Karley Mann placed third in 1:02.99.

Spain's Marina Garcia Urzainqui touched out Italy's Lisa Fissneider, 1:09.40 to 1:09.59, in the women's 100 breast. Finland's Jenna Laukkanen captured third in 1:10.42.

Great Britain's Sophie Smith edged Spain's Beatriz Gomez Cortes, 2:14.48 to 2:14.65, in the women's 200 IM. Germany's Juliane Reinhold touched third in 2:15.16.

Poland's Marcin Cieslak hit the wall in 53.91 to win the men's 100 fly. France's Mehdy Metella took second overall in 54.08, while Hungary's Bence Biczo finished third in 54.22.

Ukraine's Nadiya Koba stopped the clock in 27.13 in the women's 50 fly, while Germany's Silke Lippok posted a second-place 27.13. Russia's Daria Tcvetkova finished third in 27.62.

Ukraine's Andriy Govorov finished a strong final day for his country with a 22.54 to win the men's 50 free. Belgium's Jasper Aerents placed second in 22.79, while France's Clement Mignon snagged third in 22.96.

In relay action, Germany's Lippok, Lina Rathsack, Reinhold and Alexandra Wenk won the women's 400 medley relay in 4:08.29. Russia's Mikhail Zvyagin, Lobanov, Dmitry Pokotylo and Ushakov topped the men's 400 medley relay in 3:41.12.