Rafaela Azevedo Lowers Portuguese 50 Back Record Twice In Kazan


Rafaela Azevedo took down her own Portuguese National Record twice in the women’s 50 backstroke on Friday, doing so in both the prelims and semis at the 2019 European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia.

In the heats Acevedo tied for the fourth fastest time in the field at 28.79, breaking her mark of 29.02 from the Portuguese National Championships in April.

Tonight, the 17-year-old finished second in semi #2 in a time of 28.55 to lower the record once again.

In the final, which was contested later on in the session, Acevedo placed sixth in a time of 28.69. Russian Daria Vaskina was the victor in a time of 27.82, breaking her meet record from last year of 27.90.

Acevedo is also Portugal’s National Record holder in the 100 back, where she has been 1:01.97 (also at their National Championships in April). That event will kick off Saturday morning, where she enters seeded in a tie for sixth.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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