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


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

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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1 year ago

Where did Turkey come from? Should we be concerned?

Reply to  Kim
1 year ago

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

Reply to  Attis
1 year ago

Bowman was there some years.

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.

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1 year ago

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