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Russia bag three golds

Russia came on to the centre stage after a flourishing three-goal hunt in the late night session on Thursday in the 4th Fina World Junior Swimming Championships which ends on Saturday at the Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex off the Emirates Highway.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Sat 31 Aug 2013, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:46 AM

Lithuania’s 16-year old breaststroke wonder Ruta Meilutyte was the star, winning the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley golds.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania is taking part in nine events. — Supplied photo

Ruta, who is world and Olympic champion in the 100m breaststroke and holds the world records in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, was hot favourite for the 100m breaststroke.

She touched in 1:06.61, breaking the championship record by over a second. Great Britain’s Sophie Taylor took the silver, with Viktoriya Solnceva of Ukraine taking bronze.

Ruta now has a 3-gold and 2-silver harvest from this meet so far. She is taking part in nine events here.

The Russians continued with their new found form in the morning sessions on Friday though the Aussies were not far behind while qualifying for the semis and finals.

Australia’s Luke Percy backing up from his sensational gold in the 50m freestyle on Thursday was fastest in the 100m freestyle with a 49.3 touch.

Australia are perched on top of the medal table with 8 golds followed by Russia with 6 and the US on 5.

The US remains in the overall lead with 18 medals, Russia is in second with 15 and Australia third with 13.

Russia started the day 4 night programme out the first three finals. In the boys 200m breaststroke Aleksandr Palatov took almost three seconds off his heat time to break the meet record with 2:10.75.

Svetlana Chimrova got Russia’s second shiny yellow metal in the girls 50m butterfly, also in meet record time, touching in 26.32.

Rebecca Mana of US winning the women’s 1500m freestyle. — KT photo by Mukesh KamalMoni

The win gave Chimrova her second gold for the meet, after winning the 4 x100m mixed medley.

“I’ve been working hard in training and it has paid off. I’m only young so I had no expectations coming in so I’m really happy with this,” Whan said.

The third gold for Russia went to Grigory Tarasevich in the boys 50m backstroke, also in record time. He touch in 25.44.

Carl Louis Schwarz got Germany’s first medal of the meet, with Michail Kontizas of Greece winning bronze.

“My race was nice, it was much better than this morning. I changed my technique this morning and it didn’t work so I went back to my style and this swim was much smoother,” Tarasevich said.

After receiving her medal for the breaststroke Ruta literally ran to the call room for her next race, the demanding 200m individual medley (IM).

The scheduling didn’t affect her though and she again broke the meet record to finish in 2:12.32. US’ Ella Eastin, the gold medallist in the 400m IM, took the silver and Sydney Pickrem of Canada landed the bronze.

“I’m in pain now but happy. I’ve had a hard day, but it feels good to do all this racing, it’s part of my development and shows that I can swim more than just breaststroke. I took it a bit easy in the 100m breaststroke so I had something left for this event,” Ruta said after the 200m IM

The girls 400m freestyle was an Australian affair as Remy Fairweather took another two seconds off her heat time to swim 4:07.77 to take the gold, ahead of team mate and 800m freestyle champion Alanna Bowles who finished in 4:10.32. Quinn Carrozza of the US added the bronze to the gold she won in the 4x200m relay.

Australia topped the podium again for the boys 50m freestyle which went down to the wire. Evgeny Sedov of Russia and Caeleb Dressel of the US looked to have the measure of fastest qualifier Luke Percy of Australia, but Percy produced a stunning finish to touch first in 22.14. Sedov took silver and Dressel the bronze.

“I stuck to my race plan, I wanted to get up quick and go. I could’ve done better, I wanted to crack 22, but still this is good,” Percy said.

The boy’s 4x200m freestyle relay saw Britain’s James Guy having some consolation in his fierce meet rivalry with Australian 4-gold superhero Mack Horton. Guy held off a strong Aussie comeback to anchor UK to the top berth.

Australia and Russia again dominated proceedings on Friday, with Australia’s Luke Percy backing up from his sensational gold in the 50m freestyle on Thursday night to qualify fastest for the 100m freestyle. Percy touched in 49.33, and again had the measure of both his main challengers in the 50m.

The Russian and Australian domination of the top three qualifying spots was broken in the boys 50m breaststroke, with Slovenia’s Peter Stevens breaking the championship record with a time of 27.74 to qualify first for the semi-final.

moni@khaleejtimes.com



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