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2018 European Junior Swimming Championships


Kliment Kolesnikov from Russia broke two Championship records on 4th day on his way to win gold medals. The young swimmer set a new best mark in the 50m backstroke with a time of 24,52 and also improved the meet record in the 200m backstroke to 1:55,83. Kolesnikov improved his season-best of 1:55.91 from the Russian Championships, moving up one spot to 5th in the world rankings.

Sweden’s Björn Seliger took the first qualifying place for the semi-final in the men’s 50m freestyle, clocking an astounding 22,68. With his personal-best time of 22,33, he also was on top of the start list coming into the meet.

15-year-old Anatasiya Shkurdai grabbed the wall with the fastest time in the women’s 50m butterfly. The Bulgarian was clocked at 26,84. She is also the youngest swimmer who made it into the 50m fly semi, another race where both semis and finals will be raced in the same session.

At Olympic Games, the exhausting 400m IM are swum on the first day; the young European men had to handle it on the 5th day of competition. Russia’s Maksin Stupin set the fastest time in the heats, clocking a 4:20,67.

The Russian women again lead the field with the fastest time in the 4x200m freestyle relay, posting a 8:10,91. They were followed by Spain an Germany.

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