Ieva Maluka Lowers 100 Free National Record At Latvian Open

2018 LATVIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

After 15-year-old Ieva Maluka broke the Latvian National Record on day 1 of the Latvian Open in the 400 freestyle, she took down another on day 3 in the 100.

Maluka posted a time of 56.03, lowering her own record of 56.15 set in April. Her countrywoman Gabriela Nikitina, a 2012 Olympian, was 2nd in 56.72. Niktina had a win of her own in the 50 fly, clocking a time of 27.70.

Maluka also won the 200 free on day 2, just off her Latvian record in 2:03.70, and had a second win on day 3 in the 800 free (9:21.34). She finished the meet with a sweep of the 100, 200, 400 and 800 frees, and was also runner-up in the 50.

Ukrainian Daryna Zevina won the 200 back on day 1, and completed the backstroke sweep on days 2 and 3. She won the 50 in 29.46, a season-best, and took the 100 in 1:02.33.

Another multi-event winner was Latvian Uvis Kalnins, who won the 200 free and 200 IM after finishing as the runner-up on day 1 in the 200 back. He won the 200 free in 1:52.63, holding off Germany’s Fath Moritz (1:53.06), and won the 200 IM in 2:04.61.

OTHER NOTABLE SWIMS

  • Arina Sisojeva completed the breaststroke sweep on the women’s side, claiming the 50 (32.61) and 200 (2:42.47) after taking the 100 on day 1.
  • National Record holder Daniils Bobrovs won the men’s 200 breast in 2:14.99, with Uzbekistan’s Vladislav Mustafin 2nd in 2:17.60. Mustafin, who won the 100 on day 1, also took the 50 in 27.87.
  • After winning the 200 back on day 1, Girts Feldbergs won the 100 on day 2 in 56.10, and was seeking the sweep on day 3 in the 50. But he was denied by .02, with Maksim Dzialendzik (26.25) clipping him at the wall for the victory.
  • Uzbekistan’s Khursid Tursunov finished off the men’s sprint sweep in the 100 free, cracking 50 seconds in 49.94.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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