2022 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, July 5th – Sunday, July 10th
- Otopeni Olympic Swimming Complex, Bucharest, Romania
- LCM (50m)
- Start Times
- Prelims: 10 a.m. local / 3 a.m. ET
- Finals: 5 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET
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The fourth night of finals from the 2022 European Junior Championships in Bucharest will have a whopping eight events with medals on the line, headlined by Romanian David Popovici looking to repeat in the boys’ 50 freestyle.
BOYS’ 100 BUTTERFLY – FINAL
- World Record: 49.45 — Caeleb Dressel, USA (2021)
- European Record: 49.68 — Kristof Milak, HUN (2021)
- World Junior Record: 50.62 — Kristof Milak, HUN (2017)
- European Junior Record: 50.62 — Kristof Milak, HUN (2017)
- European Junior Championship Record: 51.35 — Egor Kuimov, RUS (2017)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Josef Mialdinov — 52.00
- Daniel Gracik (CZE), 52.69
- Casper Puggaard (DEN), 53.05
- Ethan Dumesnil (FRA), 53.35
- Yohan Airaud (FRA), 53.47
- Michal Chmielewski (POL), 53.55
- Tobias Kern (CZE), 54.03
- Daniel Krichevsky (ISR), 54.04
- Ramil Valizada (AZE), 54.07
The first gold medal of the night goes to Czech Republic’s Daniel Gracik, as the 17-year-old busted through the 53-second barrier for the first time in 52.69 to touch first.
Virtually even with Denmark’s Casper Puggaard at the 50-meter turn, Gracik pulled away on the back-half to make the first Czech medal of the swimming competition here in Bucharest a gold one.
Puggaard was also well under his previous best time to claim the silver in 53.05, having come in with a PB of 53.72.
GIRLS’ 100 FREESTYLE – SEMI-FINALS
- World Record: 51.71 – Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2017)
- European Record: 51.71 – Sarah Sjostrom, SWE (2017)
- World Junior Record: 52.70 – Penny Oleksiak, CAN (2016)
- European Junior Record: 53.61 – Freya Anderson, GBR (2018)
- European Junior Championship Record: 53.97, Marrit Steenbergen, NED (2015)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Daria Klepikova (RUS) – 54.75
- Mary-Ambre Moluh (FRA), 55.19
- Nikoletta Padar (HUN), 55.32
- Roos Vanotterdijk (BEL), 55.48
- Dora Molnar (HUN), 55.57
- Daria Golovati (ISR), 55.76
- Giulia Rossi-Bene (FRA), 56.01
- Matilde Biagiotti (ITA), 56.07
- Marina Cacciapuoti (ITA), 56.15
Moluh, who already has won individual title under her belt this week and an additional relay medal, owns a best time of 55.00, set in May.
Molnar, who finished 16th in this event last year, clocked 55.57 which ultimately held up to be the fourth-fastest overall. Her PB sits at 55.47 from April’s Hungarian Championships.
Padar owns a best time of 54.85, while this swim marked a new PB for Vanotterdijk, who had broken 56 for the first in the prelims (55.82).
Like Moluh, both have already won individual titles at this meet – Padar topped the 200 free, and Vanotterdijk won the 100 fly. Both Molnar and Padar were also on Hungary’s victorious 800 free relay.
BOYS’ 200 BREASTSTROKE — FINAL
- World Record: 2:05.95 — Zac Stubblety-Cook, AUS (2022)
- European Record: 2:06.12 — Anton Chupkov, RUS (2019)
- World Junior Record: 2:09.39 — Qin Haiyang, CHN 2017)
- European Junior Record: 2:09.64 — Target Time
- European Junior Championship Record: 2:10.69 — Anton Chupkov, RUS (2015)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Aleksas Savickas (LIT) — 2:13.35
- Lucien Vergnes (FRA), 2:13.02
- Luka Mladenovic (AUT), 2:13.21
- George Smith (GBR), 2:13.79
- David Kyzymenko (UKR), 2:14.46
- Luca Janssen (NED), 2:15.18
- Harvey Freeman (GBR), 2:15.47
- Steijn Louter (NED), 2:15.90
- Ralf Roose (EST), 2:16.94
Frenchman Lucien Vergnes erased a massive deficit at the final turn to claim victory in the boys’ 200 breaststroke, running down Austria’s Luka Mladenovic and out-touching him by 19 one-hundredths of a second.
Mladenovic held the early lead at the 100 in 1:03.52, and then extended his advantage with a blistering 33.45 third 50, up 1.31 seconds on the next-closest competitor and 1.68 on Vergnes.
However, Vergnes came storming home, out-splitting Maldenovic 34.37 to 36.24 on the last lap to win gold in a new best time of 2:13.02.
The 17-year-old broke 2:15 for the first time in the semis, clocking 2:13.36, and resets that here to mark a drop of over two and a half seconds for the meet.
Mladenovic, fourth in this event last year, knocks a tenth off his previous best time in 2:13.21 for silver, while Great Britain’s George Smith had a big comeback of his own to get on the podium, running down Ukrainian David Kyzymenko to take third in 2:13.79.
GIRLS’ 200 BUTTERFLY – SEMI-FINALS
- World Record: 2:01.81 – Liu Zige, CHN (2009)
- European Record: 2:04.27 – Katinka Hosszu, HUN (2009)
- World Junior Record: 2:05.20 – Summer McIntosh, CAN (2022)
- European Junior Record: 2:06.71 — Target Time
- European Junior Championship Record: 2:08.41 — Anastasiia Markova, RUS (2021)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Anastasiia Markova, RUS – 2:08.41
- Lana Pudar (BIH), 2:11.15
- Anna Porcari (ITA), 2:12.49
- Tabatha Avetand (FRA) / Ashleigh Baillie (GBR), 2:13.10
- Andra Gorecki (ROU), 2:14.49
- Lucy Fox (GBR), 2:14.65
- Mehlika Yalcin (TUR), 2:14.77
- Natalia Piekarska (POL), 2:15.10
16-year-old rising star Lana Pudar was on cruise control in tonight’s semis of the girls’ 200 fly, establishing the top time of the session in 2:11.15 to claim Lane 4 for tomorrow’s final.
Pudar, who won silver in this event last year and was also the runner-up earlier in the meet in the 100 fly, is coming off a standout showing at the World Championships where she finished sixth and set a new Bosnian and Herzegovinian National Record of 2:07.58.
Italian Anna Porcari qualifies second overall after trailing Pudar in the second semi, lowering her best time down from 2:12.88 to 2:12.49.
France’s Tabatha Avetand and Great Britain’s Ashleigh Baillie finished in a dead-heat in the first semi, producing matching 2:13.10s to move through to the final in a tie for third.
Avetand has been as fast as 2:10.83, done earlier this year, so watch for her in the final.
BOYS’ 50 FREESTYLE – FINAL
- World Record: 20.91 — Cesar Cielo, BRA (2009)
- European Record: 20.94 — Fred Bosquet, FRA (2009)
- World Junior Record: 21.75 — Michael Andrew, USA (2017)
- European Junior Record: 21.83 — Artem Selin, GER (2019)
- European Junior Championship Record: 21.83 — Artem Selin, GER (2019)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: David Popovici, ROU — 22.22
- David Popovici (ROU), 22.16
- Jere Hribar (CRO), 22.55
- Martin Kartavi (ISR), 22.57
- Nans Mazellier (FRA), 22.59
- Alexander Painter (GBR), 22.75
- Szymon Misiak (POL), 22.77
- Bjoern Grytnes Laskerud (NOR), 22.79
- Matteo Robba (FRA), 23.01
David Popovici re-lowered his personal best time for the second straight time in the 50 freestyle, successfully defending his European Junior title from last year in a time of 22.16.
Popovici, 17, won the 50 free at the 2021 championships last year in a time of 22.22, which held up as his career-best until Thursday’s session, where he clocked 22.17 in the semis.
With the victory, the Romanian is one step closer to completing the triple-double. With a win in the 100 free on Sunday, he will have swept the boys’ 50, 100 and 200 free at two straight European Junior Championships.
Popovici now sits 18 one-hundredths shy of the Romanian Record, which stands at 21.98, set by Norbert Trandafir in 2013.
Croatian Jere Hribar snagged the silver in 22.55, taking out his best time of 22.70 set in the semis. Hribar, 18, made the final in this race last year and finished eighth (23.03).
Martin Kartavi picked up the first Israeli medal of the competition in earning bronze, repeating his finish from last year. Kartavi chopped six one-hundredths off his previous best in 22.57, inching out France’s Nans Mazellier to get on the podium.
GIRLS’ 200 BREASTSTROKE — FINAL
- World Record: 2:18.95 — Tatjana Shoenmaker, RSA (2021)
- European Record: 2:19.11 — Rikke Moeller Pedersen, DEN (2013)
- World Junior Record: 2:19.64 — Vikotria Gunes, TUR (2015)
- European Junior Record: 2:19.64 — Vikotria Gunes, TUR (2015)
- European Junior Championship Record: 2:21.07 — Evgeniia Chikunova, RUS (2019)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Justine Delmas, FRA — 2:25.54
- Eneli Jefimova (EST), 2:26.85
- Justine Delmas (FRA), 2:26.86
- Defne Coskun (TUR), 2:27.51
- Emma Carrasco Cadens (ESP), 2:27.69
- Sienna Robinson (GBR), 2:27.85
- Kamila Isayeva (UKR), 2:29.40
- Martina Bukvic (SRB), 2:30.56
- Charlotte Bianchi (GBR), 2:33.07
After the come-from-behind finish we saw in the boys’ 200 breaststroke, the final of the girls’ event was even better, as Estonian Eneli Jefimova made up more than a second and a half on France’s Justine Delmas to win gold by a mere hundredth.
Jefimova, who was a distant second to Delmas in this event last year, was only two-tenths back of the Frenchwoman at the halfway mark, but Delmas out-split her 37.81 to 39.18 on the third, putting her ahead by over 1.6 seconds.
Delmas was still only in second, however, as Great Britain’s Sienna Robinson had taken the early initiative and got out to an early lead, but was beginning to fade.
Turning fourth at the 150, the 15-year-old Jefimova roared home in 37.30 to run down the leaders and ultimately clip Delmas at the wall for the title in 2:26.85.
That time breaks her Estonian Record of 2:26.88 set at the 2021 Swim Open Stockholm meet. At the World Championships a few weeks ago, Jefimova missed the semis, placing 19th in 2:28.51.
Delmas, who swam the only two 2:25s of her career at last year’s championships in Rome, put up the fourth-fastest time of her career for silver in 2:26.86, while Turkey’s Defne Coskun (2:27.51) and Spain’s Emma Carrasco Cadens (2:27.69) overtook early leader Robinson (2:27.85) to take third and fourth.
BOYS’ 200 BACKSTROKE — FINAL
- World Record: 1:51.92 — Aaron Peirsol, USA (2009)
- European Record: 1:53.23 — Evgeny Rylov, RUS (2021)
- World Junior Record: 1:55.14 — Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2017)
- European Junior Record: 2:09.64 — 1:55.14 — Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2017)
- European Junior Championship Record: 1:55.83 — Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS (2018)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Ksawery Masiuk (POL) — 1:58.41
- Ksawery Masiuk (POL), 1:56.62
- Oleksandr Zheltyakov (UKR), 1:57.65
- Filip Kosinki (POL), 1:58.93
- Apostolos Siskos (GRE), 1:58.96
- Alex Kovats (HUN), 2:00.30
- Alexandre Desangles (FRA), 2:00.71
- Simon Clusman (FRA), 2:01.37
- Levente Balogh (HUN), 2:01.44
Masiuk, the 2021 champion in what remained his best time up until this final in 1:58.41, was over eight-tenths back of Zheltyakov at the 150, but was the only swimmer sub-30 coming home in 28.73 to drop almost two seconds from his PB.
The 17-year-old didn’t race this event at last month’s World Championships, but that time would’ve placed him sixth overall.
Masiuk also won the 50 back earlier in the meet, and has a chance to complete the backstroke sweep later in the 100 back. In 2021, he won the 100 and 200 and took second in the 50.
Zheltyakov, who set a new National Record in April at the Hungarian Championships in 1:57.18 (after Ukrainian athletes were welcomed there amidst the ongoing difficulty in their country), had an impressive showing to claim silver in 1:57.65.
Kosinksi and Siskos were fourth and fifth, respectively, last year in Rome.
GIRLS’ 200 BACKSTROKE — FINAL
- World Record: 2:03.35 — Regan Smith, USA (2019)
- European Record: 2:04.94 — Anastasia Fesikova, RUS (2009)
- World Junior Record: 2:03.35 — Regan Smith, USA (2019)
- European Junior Record: 2:06.62 — Target Time
- European Junior Championship Record: 2:08.97 — Polina Egorkova, RUS (2017)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Laura Bernat (POL) — 2:10.14
- Dora Molnar (HUN), 2:10.31
- Laura Bernat (POL), 2:11.07
- Evie Dilley (GBR), 2:11.19
- Holly McGill (GBR), 2:13.77
- Estella Tonraht Nollgen (ESP), 2:13.94
- Aissia-C. Prisecariu (ROU), 2:14.87
- Sudem Denizli (TUR), 2:15.26
- Valentina Giannini (ITA), 2:15.40
In what was yet another come-from-behind victory, Hungarian Dora Molnar, racing in her second event of the session, erased Laura Bernat‘s half-second lead with 50 to go and won the girls’ 200 back title in 2:10.31.
The 16-year-old Molnar closed in 32.87 to out-split Bernat by more than a second on the last length and win by a comfortable margin of over seven-tenths, upending the defending champion.
Molnar owns a best time of 2:09.34, set earlier this year, and wins her third gold medal of the meet after contributing on the victorious Hungarian relays in the girls’ 4×200 free and the mixed 4×100 free.
Both Molnar and Bernat were in action in this event at the 2022 World Championships, with Molnar making the final and placing seventh and Bernat earning a semi-final berth and finising 11th.
Bernat, a Polish native, won the title last year in 2:10.14, but was unable to match that tonight as her splits ascended throughout the race. She ultimately clocked 2:11.07 for silver, holding off Great Britain’s Evie Dilley (2:11.19) who won bronze.
Bernat set a PB of 2:09.81 in March 2021.
BOYS’ 400 IM – FINAL
- World Record: 4:03.84 – Michael Phelps, USA (2008)
- European Record: 4:04.28 – Leon Marchand, FRA (2022)
- World Junior Record: 4:10.02 – Ilya Borodin, RUS (2021)
- European Junior Record: 4:10.02 – Ilya Borodin, RUS (2021)
- European Junior Championship Record: 4:14.65 – Semen Makovich, RUS (2013)
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Cedric Bussing, GER – 4:14.65
- Michal Piela (POL), 4:20.50
- Zsombor Bujdoso (HUN), 4:21.64
- Vasileios Sofikitis (GRE), 4:22.22
- Michal Judickij (CZE), 4:22.51
- Bence Dikacz (SVK), 4:22.54
- Andrea Camozzi (ITA), 4:25.24
- Kaden Edwards (GBR), 4:25.30
- Evan Jones (GBR), 4:25.76
The boys’ 400 IM final incredibly saw the top-three swimmers at the halfway mark all finish outside of the top four, as things were relatively tight throughout the race before the freestyle prowess of Michal Piela secured him the win.
Piela, a Polish native who was swimming out of Lane 1, was fourth after the backstroke, moved up to third after breast, and then was the only swimmer that managed to keep both his freestyle splits sub-30 as he touched first for gold in 4:20.50.
The time knocks just over two-tenths off his previous best of 4:20.72 set this past May, and gives Poland its fourth medal in the last three individual events of this session.
Piela, 17, picked up a bronze medal earlier in the meet in the 200 IM.
Hungarian Zsombor Bujdoso, who was sixth in this event last year in a best of 4:22.20, got under that in 4:21.64 to claim silver, having moved up from sixth to second on breast and stayed there, as he was passed by Piela but overtook Czech swimmer Michal Judickij (4:22.51).
Judickij, the top seed out of the heats, led after the breaststroke but had a poor opening 50 of free (31.96), getting passed by Greece’s Vasileios Sofikitis (4:22.22) before the two held their positions coming home to place third and fourth.
Slovakian Bence Dikacz (4:22.54) came back in 29.34 to make things close between the three of them, as 32 one-hundredths of a second separated third through fifth place.
MIXED 400 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL
- World Record: 3:37.58, Great Britain – 2021
- European Record: 3:37.58, Great Britain – 2021
- World Junior Record: 3:44.84, United States – 2019
- European Junior Record: 3:47.99, Russia – 2018
- 2021 European Junior Champion: Russia, 3:47.99
- France, 3:50.55
- Great Britain, 3:51.98
- Ukraine, 3:52.73
- Hungary, 3:54.47
- Israel, 3:56.76
- Estonia, 3:56.78
- Denmark, 4:00.85
- DQ: Italy / Poland
France wins its first relay medal of the competition in the mixed 4×100 medley, as the quartet of Mary-Ambre Moluh, Lucien Vergnes, Yohan Airaud and Giulia Rossi-Bene touched first in a combined time of 3:50.55.
Opting not to bookend the race with their female legs, Moluh led off in 1:01.38 on backstroke, well off her PB (59.67) but still the fastest among the other girls who went first, and then Vergnes produced a solid 1:01.31 on breast.
Airaud then dropped a blistering 52.83 on fly, launching the team into the lead, and then Rossi-Bene had the second-fastest freestyle split in the field in 54.97 to secure the win.
Great Britain, which sat near the front of the race the whole way thanks to a 54.69 lead-off from Jonathon Marshall, got in for silver in 3:51.98, while Ukraine had a scorching-fast breast split from Volodymyr Lisovets (1:00.04) to win bronze in 3:52.73.
Nine teams were allowed to compete in the final, but two ended up getting disqualified. Both Italy and Poland were DQed from the race, though Poland’s Masiuk notably split 53.62 on backstroke before their fly swimmer jumped early.