2018 Latvian Open Championships
The 2018 Latvian Open Championships opened on Tuesday, with one national record falling by the wayside. There was also a few notable swims from international swimmers.
The lone national record to fall came in the women’s 400 freestyle, where 15-year-old Ieva Maluka won in 4:24.58 to eclipse Krista Ceplite‘s mark of 4:26.48 from 2015. Maluka also swam the 50 free, finishing in the runner-up spot (26.03) to Natassia Karakouskaya (25.76) of Belarus.
The most well-known name in action was Ukrainian Daryna Zevina, who swam a season-best time to win the women’s 200 back in 2:10.16. Dropping her previous fastest of the year from the Luxembourg Euro Meet (2:13.26), she is now 31st in the world for 2017-18.
In the men’s 100 breast, Vladislav Mustafin of Uzbekistan had an impressive showing to win in 1:01.76, defeating Latvian National Record holder Daniils Bobrovs (1:03.25) handily. Mustafin’s countryman Khursid Tursunov had a win of his own in the 50 free, clocking a time of 23.09 to finish less than two tenths off his own national record.
- Latvian Arina Sisojeva won the women’s 100 breast by a wide margin in 1:12.32, just off her best of 1:11.92.
- Girts Feldbergs dropped his best time by a few tenths to win the men’s 200 back, posting a time of 2:03.28 to get by Uvis Kalnins (2:04.98). Feldbergs is now less than three tenths off the national record, set in 2012 at 2:03.00.
- Belarusian Aksana Dziamidaya won the women’s 100 fly in 1:01.46, while Latvian Emils Pone won the men’s event in a new best time of 56.18.
- Germany’s Moritz Fath cruised to a big win in the men’s 400 free in a time of 4:01.57.