Maria Astashkina Downs World Junior Record in 200 Breast

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

Russia’s Maria Astashkina took center stage at the European Games with a World Junior Record in the women’s 200-meter breast.


Russia’s Maria Astashkina downed the World Junior Record in the women’s 200-meter breast with a time of 2:23.06.  That performance lowered the previous mark of 2:23.12 set by Viktoriya Solnceva at the 2013 World Junior Championships, and pushed Astashkina up to sixth in the world rankings.

That win is Astashkina’s second of the meet, having already topped the 50 breast with a 31.58 on day one.  She’s now set up for a breaststroke sweep.

Italy’s Giulia Verona finished second tonight in 2:25.91 with Great Britain’s Layla Black earning third in 2:27.61.

Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov topped the men’s 200-meter fly with a time of 1:57.04. That’s his second individual medal of the meet, having finished third in the 50-meter fly on day one.

Italy’s Giacomo Carini hit the wall second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.46, while France’s Matthias Marsau claimed third in 1:58.96.

Great Britain’s Duncan Scott won the men’s 100-meter free in 49.43 with Italy’s Alessandro Miressi taking second in 50.03.  Russia’s Vladislav Kozlov wound up third in 50.11.

Austria’s Sebastian Steffan picked up the men’s 200-meter IM crown in 2:01.39 with Great Britain’s Jarvis Parkinson touching second in 2:01.94.  Great Britain’s Martyn Walton closed out the podium with a third-place 2:02.24.

Austria’s Caroline Pilhatsch won the women’s 50-meter back in 28.60 with France’s Pauline Mahieu placing just behind with a second-place 28.70. Russia’s Mariia Kameneva picked up the bronze in 28.77.

Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas claimed the men’s 50-meter breast title in 27.81.  Croatia’s Nikola Obrovac placed second in 27.89 with Denmark’s Tobias Bjerg earning third in 28.04.

Italy’s Sveva Schiazzano won the women’s 1500-meter free in 16:40.17.  Hungary’s Janka Juhasz finished second in 16:40.39 in a close call for first.  Spain’s Marina Castro Atalaya touched third in 16:46.16.

Russia’s Aleksandr Prokofev, Nikolay Snegirev, Ernest Maksumov and Elisei Stepanov won the men’s 800-meter free relay with a time of 7:16.08. Great Britain (7:19.36) and Germany (7:20.77) placed second and third.

Russia’s Mariia Kameneva, Maria Astashkina, Polina Egorova and Arina Openysheva clinched the women’s 400-meter medley relay in a time of 4:03.22.  The Netherlands (4:07.99) and Great Britain (4:09.10) rounded out the podium.

That gave Astashkina her third gold of the meet, while Openysheva now has four golds and a silver.


Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas led the way in the men’s 50-meter breast with a 27.75. Croatia’s Nikola Obrovac and Denmark’s Tobias Bjerg tied for the second seed with 28.20s.

Austria’s Caroline Pilhatsch paced the women’s 50-meter back in 28.63 with France’s Pauline Mahieu turning in a second-seeded 28.74.

Russia’s Arina Openysheva, who is taking on an Iron Ladyesque schedule this week with eight potential medals, topped the women’s 200-meter free qualifying in 1:59.42.  Sprint star Marrit Steenbergen of The Netherlands qualified second in 2:01.60.

Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank earned the top seed in the men’s 200-meter back with a time of 1:57.53, vaulting to 13th in the world rankings with his swim.  Poland’s Jakub Daniel Skierka also cleared 2:00 with a second-seeded 1:59.95.

Russia’s Polina Egorova cleared 1:00 to top the women’s 100-meter fly semis with a 59.67.  Great Britain’s Amelia Clynes qualified second in 1:00.09.

2015 European Games, Live Results – Results


  1. Bon Pete

    Congrats!! Wish you many more feather to your crown.