2019 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 7th
- Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
- Meet Site
- Entry List
- Day 1 Prelims Recap/Day 1 Finals Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Recap/Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Recap/Day 3 Finals Recap
- Day 4 Prelims Recap/Day 4 Finals Recap
- Day 5 Prelims Recap
- Live Results
- Live Stream
17-year-old Kayla Van Der Merwe of Great Britain upset a stacked 100m breaststroke field at the 2019 European Junior Championships, taking gold on the final night of competition.
Crushing a new lifetime best mark of 1:07.12, the Winchester Penguin got the job done to land atop the podium ahead of Russian duo Anastasia Makarova and Evgenia Chikunova. The pair took silver and bronze in times of 1:07.30 and 1:07.63, respectively, with the trio representing the only sub-1:08 competitors of the field.
Splitting 31.76/35.36, Van Der Merwe took it out fast and simply held on for dear life, with Makarova closing .03 faster than the Brit and Chikunova .35 faster on the backhalf. Chikuinova is the 14-year-old phenom who already won gold in the 200m breast event, but had clocked a 2:21.07 in semi-finals. Van Der Merwe was bronze in that 2breast.
Van Der Merwe’s semi-final time of 1:07.96 last night represented the Brit’s first time ever under the 1:08 barrier, with her outing surpassing the 1:08.04 British Age Record for 16-year-olds held by Olympian Siobhan-Marie O’Connor since 2012.
For Van Der Merwe, the Winchester athlete becomes the 5th fastest British female ever in the event with her time tonight, booting 200m breast National Record holder Jocelyn Ulyett to #6.
|Siobhan-Marie O’Connor||Bath Univ||95||Scottish National Open Championships||Glasgow||1||01/07/16||1:06.34|
|Sophie Taylor||London Aquat||96||Commonwealth Games 2014||Glasgow||1||28/07/14||1:06.35|
|Sarah Vasey||Loughboro Un||96||British Swimming Championships 2017||Sheffield||1||23/04/17||1:06.78|
|Chloe Tutton||Co Cardiff||96||Olympic Games 2016||Rio, Brazil||1||07/08/16||1:06.88|
|Jocelyn Ulyett||Loughboro Un||95||British Swimming Championships 2017||Sheffield||1||23/04/17||1:07.24|