Anastasiya Shkurdai Lowers Euro Junior Meet Record In 100 Fly

2019 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Belarusian Anastasiya Shkurdai broke a 10-year-old Championship Record competing in the women’s 100 fly semi-finals at the Euro Juniors in Kazan, putting up a time of 58.20.

Shkurdai’s swim took down the previous record by over half a second, as German Lena Kalla had set the mark of 58.76 back at the 2009 Championships.

Shkurdai is now in the driver seat heading into the final, leading the field out of the semis by over a second, where she’ll look to repeat the title she won last year. At the 2018 Championships in Helsinki, the now 16-year-old tied with Great Britain’s Emily Large for the gold in a time of 59.37.

Aleksandra Sabitova of Russia was the only other swimmer to break a minute in the semis, clocking 59.21.

The 58.20 stands up as the fourth-fastest swim of Shkurdai’s career, as she has been 57.75, and 57.78 twice, in 2019. Her 57.75 from April is the existing National Record for Belarus.

She also comes in as the defending champion in the 50 fly, which will go off on Sunday morning. She is the top seed at 25.87, a time well under the existing meet record of 26.33 and just .03 off of Aliaksandra Herasimenia‘s Belarusian Record of 25.84.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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