2019 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 7th
- Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
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- Day 1 Prelims Recap/Day 1 Finals Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap
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14-year-old Russian phenom Evgenia Chikunova swam a massive best time in the semifinals of the women’s 200 breaststroke at the 2019 European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia this evening. Hitting the wall in 2:21.07, Chikunova blew past her previous lifetime best of 2:22.67 set at the 2019 Russian national championships, which had stood as the Russian Junior Record.
A comparison of Chikunova’s splits reveals she is significantly faster on all but one leg of the race:
|Chikunova – July 2019||Chikunova – April 2019|
|2nd 50||36.12 (1:08.64)||37.00 (1:10.39)|
|3rd 50||36.49 (1:45.13)||36.18 (1:46.57)|
Chikunova’s time is only 3/10ths off Team USA’s Annie Lazor‘s world-leading time of 2:20.77 set at the Bloomington stop of the 2019 PSS in May. 100 breaststroke World Record holder Lilly King is now bumped to 3rd in the world rankings with her 2:21.39, also from the Bloomington stop of the PSS. Fellow Russian and 2017 World Champion in the 200 breast Yulia Efimova now sits 4th in the world rankings with a 2:21.59 from the FINA Champions Series in Indianapolis in May.