European Short Course Championships: Flash! Peter Mankoc, Arkady Vyatchanin, Diane Bui Duyet, Sanja Jovanovic Set World Records

ISTANBUL, Turkey, December 12. THE third day of swimming at the European Short Course Championships featured four more world records, bringing the total to six for the meet.

Slovenia's Peter Mankoc captured the sprint medley global standard with a scorching time of 50.76 during semis of the men's 100 IM. That effort cleared the 50.95 set by Sergey Fesikov at the Berlin stop of the World Cup. Fesikov qualified second in 51.40 from the second set of semifinals.

Here are the comparative splits:
Mankoc: 22.66, 50.76 (28.10)
Fesikov: 22.78, 50.95 (28.17)

Later in the session, Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin blitzed the men's 100 back during semifinals with a 49.17. That performance cleared the world record of 49.20 set by Aschwin Wildeboer Faber last year.

Here are the comparative splits:
Vyatchanin: 23.76, 49.17 (25.41)
Faber: 23.30, 49.20 (25.90)

Stanislav Donets nearly took down the world record in the following semifinal with a swift 49.20 to match the former record.

The semifinals kept being the place to be during the third night as a third world record tumbled in the women's 100 fly. France's Diane Bui Duyet blazed the first semifinal with a time of 55.05 to demolish Felicity Galvez's world record of 55.46 set last month in Stockholm. Bui Duyet's previous best had been a 55.83 also set in Stockholm.

Here are the comparative splits:
Bui Duyet: 25.49, 55.05 (29.56)
Galvez: 26.05, 55.46 (29.41)

Finals finally produced a world record today as Croatia's Sanja Jovanovic scorched the women's 50 back in 25.70. That readout blasted Zhao Jing's world record of 25.82 set during the Stockholm stop of the World Cup last month. Belarus' Aleksandra Herasimenia took second in 26.12, while Russia's Ksenia Moskvina placed third in 26.38.

The men's 1500 free opened the third final session. Germany's Jan Wolfgarten raced to a 14:20.44 for the win. That time finished just four seconds off Yuri Prilukov's European record, and smashed Wolfgarten's national record of 14:34.24 set last year. Italy's Federico Colbertaldo took second in 14:25.68, while Denmark's Mads Glaesner placed third in 14:26.74. Glaesner shattered his national record of 14:38.87 set during the 2008 Stockholm stop of the World Cup.

It took a sub-4:00 to podium in the women's 400 free. France's Coralie Balmy claimed the title in 3:56.55, just missing Laure Manaudou's national record of 3:56.09 set back in 2006. Denmark's Lotte Friis took second in 3:59.06, breaking her national record of 4:00.66 set in Stockholm this year. France's Ophelie Cyrielle Etienne wound up third overall in 3:59.94.

The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder gave her women's 100 IM world record a run, but settled for the win in 57.85. She owns the global standard with a 57.74 set during the Berlin stop of the World Cup. Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto placed second in 58.21, smashing her national record of 59.49 set last year. Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppala touched in 58.86 for third, and a new national record clearing her 59.07 set last year as well.

Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov rattled the world record in the men's 200 fly with a smoking fast 1:49.46. That performance missed Kaio Almeida's global mark of 1:49.11, but cut more than a second from Skvortsov's European record of 1:50.53 set in February of this year. Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski took second in 1:50.13, lowering his national record of 1:50.89 set in 2005, while Austria's Dinko Jukic wound up third in 1:50.32. He smashed his national standard of 1:51.65 set last year.

France's Amaury Leveaux captured the men's 100 free title in 45.56, well off his world record of 44.94 but plenty fast enough to win the event. Russia's Daniil Izotov checked in with a second-place 45.70. Evgeny Lagunov gave Russia a 2-3 finish in the race with a 46.06, after setting the Russian record with a 45.36 during prelims.

Heading into finals, Italy's Alessandro Terrin clipped Oleg Lisogor's European record in the men's 50 breast with a 26.14. Lisogor's time of 26.17 had stood since 2006. Norway's Aleksandr Hetland topped the finals, however, with a 26.19. Terrin settled for silver with a 26.24, while Serbia's Caba Siladji took third in 26.31.

In a semifinal swim, The Netherlands' Moniek Nijhuis topped the women's 100 breast in 1:05.14.

The women's 200 medley relay closed the show with a world-best time from The Netherlands. Schreuder, Nijhuis, Inge Dekker and Ranomi Kromowidjojo posted a 1:42.69 to smash the country's previous world best of 1:45.73 set last year at this meet. FINA does not recognize the 200-meter distance relays as world records.

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