Great Britain Wins Four Gold on Day 2 of European Junior Championships


British swimmers took four events on the second day of the European Junior Championships in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary, but Russian Kiliment Kolesnikov had the swim of the night. Kolesnikov started the night with a new world junior record in the men’s 100 backstroke. Kolesnikov won the event in a time of 53.65 breaking the record of 53.67 set by Canadian Javier Acevedo at the Canadian Olympic Trials in April.

Emily Large won the nation’s first gold of the evening taking the women’s 200 butterfly in a time of 2:08.87.

Freya Anderson had a strong second 50 meters to win the women’s 100 freestyle in a time of 54.72. Anderson was able to over take Barbora Seemanova of the Czech Republic who had the lead at the halfway point. Seemanova finished second in a time of 54.97.

Anderson’s time broke the British age group record for 15 year olds beating the previous mark of 55.40 put up by Fran Halsall.

Tazmin Pugh came out on top in her battle with Tatiana Salcutan of Moldova and Polina Egorova of Russia for gold in the women’s 200 backstroke. Pugh hit the wall in a time of 2:11.12 followed by Salcutan who finished in a time of 2:11.69 and Egorova who posted a 2:11.79.

Salcutan’s time was a new Moldovan record beating her own mark of 2:13.78 which she put up in January.

Tom Derbyshire won the final individual event of the evening taking the men’s 1500 freestyle in a time of 15:08.31. Derbyshire was followed by Albert Escritis of Spain who posted a 15:11.60 and Victor Johansson of Sweden who touched in a time of 15:15.24.

Johansson broke the Swedish national record in the event beating the previous record of 15:17.01, which was posted by Stefan Persson in 1987.

Hungarian Ajna Kesely won the women’s 400 freestyle in a time of 4:08.10. Holly Hibbott of Great Britain finished second in a time of 4:08.40 breaking the British record of 4:10.99 set by Anne Bochmann in 2010.

Other winners included:

  • Men’s 100 backstroke – Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia) – 53.65
  • Men’s 200 breaststroke – Kirill Mordashev (Russia) – 2:11.18
  • Mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay – Russia – 3:29.47

Fastest qualifiers in the semi-finals of each event:

  • Men’s 100 freestyle – Alessandro Miressi (Italy) – 59.41
  • Men’s 200 IM – Lorenzo Glessi (Italy) – 2:01.55
  • Men’s 200 butterfly – Athanasios-Charalamp Kynigakis (Greece) – 1:58.29
  • Women’s 200 breaststroke – Giulia Verona (Italy) – 2:27.25





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4 years ago

Isn’t 53,65 a New Jr WR?

4 years ago

Freya is only 15!!!

4 years ago

Kliment Kolesnikov looks like an incredible talent – 53.6 born in 2000? Scary? Really scary. Tarasevich, Rylov, Kolesnikov.. US will have a backstroke threat in a few years! Amazing day for GBR – Big PBs for all our swimmers generally. Tom Derbyshire is metronomic – 3.57 400 yesterday, and his 400 split en-route to his 1500 PB was only 3s off that. 14s PB – Can’t ask for more! Freya Anderson is 15 btw – Her record broke Halsall’s old mark of 55.59! She is not swimming anymore freestyle this week, so we’ll have to wait to see her 200 in the 4×2. Tazmin Pugh, Anderson’s team-mate at Ellesmere Col, also a 2s PB for backstroke gold. Large swam very… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

I don’t know what to think about the Russians. We’ll see in the senior competitions if they confirm.

Your Freya is impressive.

Captain Awesome
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

That’s exactly what I was thinking earlier. Considering how much the Russians dominate the junior competitions, it seems like a very small proportion of them manage to transition to the senior level. Almost strangely so.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Indeed that is a concern – Something we used to see more with East Asian swimmers but I agree, the Russian’s are developing earlier & earlier.

I am very excited by Freya – Very tall, beautiful long stroke, powerful & efficient kick, great range from 50-400 & 50-200 breast.

Captain Awesome
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Emily Large on the other hand, pretty small from looking on the live stream. The German girl who came second towered above her. It’ll be interesting to see what she does if she has a growth spurt (assuming it doesn’t throw her stroke out).

Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Hibbot at least 5-7kg heavier than last year, at one point 10kg after trials.
Amazing technique and great racer, when she drops weight again she’s going sub 8.20 in the next two years.
Not swimming it here but 200fly, she’s a 2.08 girl when ready done some amazing training on fly.

Reply to  Skoorbnagol
4 years ago

Yes – Standing beside Kesely that was noticable but I don’t think we should get *too* hung up on girls’ body shapes are her age. They are developing, hips are ‘growing’ out & fat deposits, Holly moreso than other swimmers her age.

If she can slim out, she will be superbly fast.

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