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 is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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