Ieva Maluka Takes Out National Record On Day 1 Of Latvian Open

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.

OTHER EVENTS

  • 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.

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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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