2016 EUROPEAN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10, 2016
- Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary
- Prelims 9:30AM / Finals 5:30PM (Local Time: UTC+2)
- Meet website
- Live Stream
- Start Lists and Live Results
The sprint action on day one of the 2016 European Junior Championships didn’t disappoint, with the men’s 50 fly and women’s 50 breast races seeing less than a tenth between 1st and 2nd. In the 50 fly, Ukraine’s Andrii Khloptssov tore through the water to win the event in 23.51, just touching out Spain’s Mateos Alberto Lozano (23.53). The Slovenian duo of Tina Selik and Tara Vovk took gold and silver in the 50 breast, with Selik taking the win in 31.85, just ahead of Vovk’s 31.93. Also sub-32 for 3rd place was Ireland’s Mona McSharry (31.98), the Irish Junior Record holder in the 100 breast.
Germany’s Moritz Brandt, a finalist at the 2016 German Nationals in the 400 free, was 3 seconds faster today than he was at that meet. Brandt won the event in a blistering 3:48.57, making him the only swimmer under 3:50. Sweden’s Victor Johansson was just a couple tenths shy of breaking 3:50, coming in at 3:50.21 for silver. Hungary’s Richard Marton (3:52.01) closed out the top 3 behind him.
Serbia’s Anja Crevar took the title in the women’s 400 IM, taking off on the backstroke leg and never losing that lead on her way a 4:41.54. Battling closely behind her were Italy’s Anna Pirovano (4:42.06) and Great Britain’s Abbie Wood (4:42.13), who were separated by less than a tenth for 2nd and 3rd.
Both the men and women swam the 4×100 free relay final tonight. Despite a sub-50 leadoff from Alessandro Miressi (49.61) and a 48.96 anchor from Izzo Giovanni, the Italian men were unable to beat out Russia for the gold. The Russians took the title in 3:19.29 to Italy’s 3:19.42, highlighted by a 49.19 split from Mikhail Vekovishchev.
Denmark took the women’s 400 free relay, coming from behind with a huge 54.80 from Julie Kepp Jensen. That gave them the edge over Russia (3:44.35) and Great Britain (3:45.25), who finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The men’s 100 back was one of the highlights from the semifinal races today, with Greece’s Nikolaos Sofianidis taking the top spot with a 54.43, just ahead of Ireland’s Connor Ferguson in 54.47. Notably, Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez, a finalist at last summer’s Junior World Championships, will be in the mix in finals after qualifying 3rd with a 54.94. Gonzalez qualified to swim for Spain in Rio, where he’ll compete in the 200 back.
Day 1 Event Winners
- Women’s 400 IM: Anja Crevar (SRB), 4:41.54
- Men’s 400 Free: Moritz Brandt (GER), 3:48.57
- Men’s 50 Fly: Andrii Khloptssov (UKR), 23.51
- Women’s 50 Breast: Tina Čelik (SLO), 31.85
- Women’s 800 Free: Ajna Kesely (HUN), 8:34.37
- Men’s 400 Free Relay: Russia, 3:19.29
- Women’s 400 Free Relay: Denmark, 3:43.42
Day 1 Semifinal Winners
- Men’s 200 Breast: Kirill Mordashev (RUS), 2:11.84
- Women’s 200 Fly: Emily Large (GBR), 2:10.40
- Women’s 100 Free: Barbora Seemanova (CZE), 55.17
- Men’s 100 Back: Nikolaos Sofianidis (GRE), 54.43
- Women’s 200 Back: Tazmin Pugh (GBR), 2:12.14