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LEN European Junior Swimming Championships Day 1 - Gold for Belonogoff

4 to 8 July 2018 - Helsinki.

Somerset club swimmers Lily Booker, Laura McMab and Jakob Goodman all featured on Day 1 which saw Tatiana Belonogoff become Britain's first swimming gold medalist of the Championships. In a close race the 16 year old managed to hold off Germany's Anna Ellendt (31.36) and Slovakian Tina Celik (31.57) to take the gold with 31.29 in the 50m breaststroke event. Fastest qualifier from the heats (31.63), Belonogoff had won her semi-final in 31.52 but team mate Katie Robertson's 31.87 meant she faced a swim-off for a finals berth which she won (31.68) against Chekhovskikh. Robertson then went on to finish in fifth position with 31.70. Angharad Evans (32.23) and Charlotte Rigg (33.86) swam in the heats.

European Junior record holder, Freya Anderson comfortably qualified for the 100m freestyle final in 55.01, 0.75s ahead of the competition. She was also fastest across the two semis, clocking 55.07. After qualifying with a 56.89 heat swim, Laura McNab (Team Bath AS, 56.96) finished seventh in her semi-final and 15th overall.

Ciara Schlosshan (2:12.72) and Keanna Macinnes (2:13.15) finished second and third respectively in their semi-finals to make it through to the final of the 200m butterfly as fourth and fifth fastest qualifiers respectively.

After a morning 55.45 heat swim, Nick Pyle finished second in his 100m backstroke semi in a personal best time 54.74 to qualify fifth fastest overall.


After qualifying with 24.30, Jacob Peters (24.21) tied for seventh in the 50m butterfly final won by Andrei Minakov (RUS). Lewis Fraser had made reserve for the semis with 24.75.

Leah Crisp won her heat (8:48.83) and ranked eighth fastest  as Ajna Késely (HUN, 8:30.43) topped the 800m freestyle standings. 

Lily Boseley improved on her 2:15.49 heat swim to 2:14.94 for a fifth place in her 200m Backstroke Semi-final, ranking ninth overall, and is a reserve.

Lily Booker (Bath Dolphin / Millfield, 4:53.84) and Daisy Anderson (4:57.75) finished in 13th and 16th places after the heats of the Women's 400m IM. Ajna Késely (HUN) won gold in 4:41.55 

William Bell (19th, 3:56.05), Jakob Goodman (Millfield, 24th, 3:56.97) and Luke Turley (40th, 4:00.70) swam in the heats of the Men's 400m Freestyle heats. Gold in the event went to Kristof Milak (HUN, 3:50.00) who was a silver medallist at the senior Worlds in July 2017 in the 100m Butterfly.

Gregory Butler (2:15.75) finished fifth in the first Men's 200m Breaststroke Semi-Final for 8th overall and is reserve.

The team's 4 x 100m men's freestyle final saw Lewis Burras (50.13) Harry Constantine (50.60), Luke Turley (50.73), Archie Goodburn (51.17)  improve on their 3:22.92 heat time to finish in seventh (3:22.63) with Russia taking gold (3:18.21), Italy silver and Germany bronze. 

Russia also won gold in the Women's 4x100m Freestyle event.

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