Turkey Picks Up 3 Medals On Day 3 Of Euro Jrs, Russia Retains Medal Lead

2021 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Russia continued their medal table lead on the third night of racing at the 2021 European Junior Swimming Championships and now sit at 5 golds, 3 silvers, and 2 bronze.

Anastasiia Markova contributed to Russia’s total with a gold medal performance in the 200 butterfly, hitting a 2:08.41 for the win. That swim for Markova was under the former Championship record in the event of 2:08.55 which Emese Kovacs of Hungary set at the 2007 version of the Games. Russia won gold as well in the mixed 4×100 medley relay thanks to  Aleksei TkachevGeorgii Glazunov, Daria Klepikova, and Daria Tatarinova‘s winning time of 3:50.25.

Turkey remained in the #2 spot medal-wise as of day 3 and actually collected more medals than Russia during the finals session. Berke Saka and Mert Kilavuz won a gold medal each in the 200 IM and 1500 freestyle and both set new national records of 2:00.04 and 15:02.22, respectively. Yiğit Aslan won the nation’s third medal of the night by joining Kilavuz on the 1500 free podium with a 15:05.08 for bronze. David Betlehem rounded out the podium with a 155:02.22 for the silver medal.

In third place on the medals thus far is Italy with 2 gold, a silver, and 2 bronze medals. Their sole victory on day 3 came from Erika Gaetani in the women’s 100 backstroke. Gaetani won the event with a 1:00.65 to out-touch France’s Mary-Ambre Moluh (1:00.93) by just a fraction of a second. Katie Shanahan won her 2nd medal of the meet in the backstroke with a 1:00.93 for bronze, adding to her 400 IM gold on day 1.

Italy’s other day 3 medal came from Simone Cerasuolo in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Cerasuolo took bronze with a 1:01.56. While Italy only won 2 medals on day 3 they could have had 2 more by now but have disqualified 2 of their relays at the meet. Earlier in the week their women’s 4×200 free relay finished 3rd and on day 3 their mixed medley squad finished second but both wound up disqualifying.

In addition to Moluh’s silver medal in the 100 back, France picked up a bronze in the women’s 200 butterfly as Lucie Delmas his a 2:10.42 to touch 3rd after Markova’s 2:08.41 and Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Lana Pudar‘s 2:09.59. Additionally, Great Britain collected 2 medals aside from Shanahan’s bronze as Edward Mildred took silver in the men’s 100 freestyle (48.77) and their mixed 4×100 relay won silver in a 3:51.48.

Ukraine did incredibly well on day 3 as well, rising to the 5th place position on the medal table. The country won 3 medals in one session, beginning with Volodymyr Lisovets‘ first place in the finish men’s 100 breaststroke. Lisovets was a 1:00.28 to take gold, beating Lithuania’s Aleksas Savickas (1:01.29) by more than a second. After Lisovets’ win, teammate Vadym Naumenko won a silver in the men’s 200 IM with a 2:00.65 to Saka’s winning 2:00.04. Naumenko came in right before Germany’s Cedric Buessing who swam a 2:01.84 for bronze. Ukraine’s final medal of the session came in the mixed 4×100 medley relay where they won bronze in a 3:54.03.

Romania’s David Popovici delivered Romania’s first medal of the night with a show-stopping 47.30 gold medal performance in the men’s 100 freestyle. Popovici’s swim was his second WJR of the meet, having previously hit a 47.56 on the men’s 4×100 free relay. Following Edward Mildred‘s 48.77 for silver, Mateusz Chowaniec swam a 49.37 for bronze in the 100 free to collect bronze for Poland.

Medal Table After Day 3

COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 Russia 5 3 2 10
2 Turkey 4 2 2 8
3 Italy 2 1 2 5
4 Great Britain 1 3 1 5
5 Ukraine 1 2 1 4
6 Hungary 1 1 1 3
7 Romania 1 1 0 2
8 Poland 1 0 2 3
9 Bulgaria 1 0 0 1
10 Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 2 0 2
11 France 0 1 1 2
11 Germany 0 1 1 2
13 Lithuania 0 1 0 1
14 Czech Republic 0 0 2 2
15 Estonia 0 0 1 1

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Kim
1 year ago

Where did Turkey come from? Should we be concerned?

Attis
Reply to  Kim
1 year ago

That’s what I was asking earlier. What happened to Turkish swimming? Does anyone knows any background story?

Jorge
Reply to  Attis
1 year ago

Bowman was there some years.

Notreally
Reply to  Jorge
1 year ago

They got better after he left. Turkey invested a lot of money, created olympic training sites and brought a lot on international level coaches! Go back and read the 2020 swammy award, it will give you some good insight.
https://swimswam.com/2020-swammy-awards-national-development-award-turkey/

Notclarkwakeland _
1 year ago

Georgia Tech with two gold medalists so far 👀
The Turkish pipeline is in full swing 😤