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LEN European Junior Swimming Championships Day 5

4 to 8 July 2018 - Helsinki.

 Somerset based swimmers were again on form on the last day of European Junior Championships competition.


Lewis Burras added his name onto the list of British medalists  A morning heat winner, Burras went 0.02s faster to win the opening Men's 50m Freestyle semi-final in 22.73 and set up a final berth against fastest qualifiers from the second semi-final Russian Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS, 22.63) and Bjoern Seeliger (SWE, 22.67). While Kolesnikov (22.61) and Burras (22.69) were marginally faster in the final, it was the Swede Seeliger (22.27) who opened up a 0.34s winning margin.  Despite being half a second slower over the first 100m than in his 4:21.17 400m IM semi-final swim, Tom Dean was still able to add a bronze to his medal collection, finishing in 4:18.07, 0.83s faster than his entry time. Gold and silver went to Maksim Stupin (RUS, 4:16.79) and Apostolos Papastamos (GRE, 4:17.44) respectively. Charlie Hutchison (4:20.55) finished the race in fifth place. 

Dean's race schedule also saw him take on the 200m Frestyle Final as fastest qualifier with 1:47.64 but he ended the race in seventh place (1:49.99). Kristof Milak (HUN, 1:47.19) added another gold. 

Freya Anderson, already holder of the 50m and 100m freestyle titles then took on the 50m butterfly, coming third in her semi-final (27.14) with Anastasiya Shkurdai (BLR, 26.48) and Maya Tobehn (GER, 26.70) leading the qualifiers. Shkurdai (26.44) and Tobehn (26.78 ) went on to secure gold and silver respectively as Anderson (27.16) missed out on a medal finishing fourth. The morning heats saw Jasmine McCrea (Poole, 27.63) qualify and then go 0.08s faster to finish eighth in her semi-final.

After winning their heat thanks to Rachel Anderson Leah Crisp, Emily Large and Freya Anderson, GB went on to earn a fourth place finish in the Women's 4x200m Freestyle final. Rachel Anderson (Millfield, 2:03.12), Laura McNab (Team Bath AS, 2:03.26), Leah Crisp (2:03.53) and Freya Anderson (1:56.52) produced an 8:06.43 finish.  Hungary (8:02.24), Germany (8:02.38) and Russia (8:05.87) finished 1-2-3. The opening leg in the final set a lifetime best time and new Millfield record for Rachel.

The Men's 4 x 100m medley quartet of Nick Pyle (54.80), Archie Goodburn (1:02.82), Jacob Peters (52.85) and Lewis Burras (49.11) then came fifth in their final which was by won by Russia in 3:35.58.

Lily Boseley (1:02.22) came sixth in the 100m backstroke final won by Daria Vaskina (RUS, 59.90).

Archie Goodburn (1:03.49) came eighth in the Men's 100m Breaststroke Final won by Vladislav Gerasimenko (RUS, 1:01.36). 

The Women's 100m Breaststroke event has been dominated over the years by Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte and gold went to compatriot Kotryna Teterevkova (1:08.03). Katie Robertson (1:08.74) overcame a 0.24s deficit at the turn to secure fifth spot, one place ahead of team mate Tatiana Belonogoff (1:08.81), European Champion over 50m. 

Anastasiia Sorokina (RUS, 2:14.38) won gold in the Women's 200m IM final.

Kristof Milak (HUN,51.78), Andrei Minakov (RUS, 52.38) and Federico Burdisso (ITA, 52.88) renewed their rivalry for 100m Butterfly honours. View results.

The Medal Table:
1. RUS 18G 12S 4B Total 34
2. HUN 12G 2S 5B Total 19
3. GBR 6G 3S 4B Total 13

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