Antwerp 2012 day 5: Oswald takes gold and silver to win individual medal race

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The Antwerp 2012 European Junior Championships are over, Russia dominated by taking 12 out of 40 possible gold medals, 6 silver and 2 bronze, Italy in second with 7 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze and Germany in second with 6 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze. Most valuable asset was the Russian relays, taking 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, most winning individual Germany’s Maximilian Oswald with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze, among the girls Denmark’s Mie Ø. Nielsen with 2 gold and 1 bronze.

(Vukic taking gold on day 1)

Boys 400 IM

Young Matthew Johnson from Great Britain took the gold medal in 4:17.26 ahead of Germany’s Kevin Wedel in 4:21.50 and Russia’s Semen Makovich in 4:21.86. Johnson the favorite all the way through with an entry time of 4:16.53 and leading prelim time of 4:22.79.

Girls 100 backstroke

Denmark’s Mie Ø. Nielsen took the gold in 1:00.87, her second swim under the now former championships record of 1:01.33 though not as fast as her 1:00.69 from the 4×100 medley relay yesterday. Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove took the silver medal in 1:01.82 and Italy’s Ambra Espositu the bronze in 1:02.57.

Boys 100 breaststroke

Moldova’s Danila Artiomov won a tight tussle against Sweden’s Johannes Skagius 1:01.60 to 1:01.61 to Great Britain’s Craig Benson in 1:01.64. First medal for Moldova at these championships, and at golden one at that.

Girls 100 breaststroke

Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics won in 1:08.43, Germany taking silver and bronze with Margarethe Hummel in 1:09.33 and Julia Willers in 1:10.02. Great Britain’s Sophie Taylor also having been in contention with a leading prelim time of 1:10.39 and Russia’s Anna Belousova with a leading semifinal time of 1:09.85.

Boys 200 freestyle

Italy’s Riccardo Maestri took the gold in 1:48.62, Germany’s Maximilian Oswald the silver in 1:49.55 and Austria’s Christian Scheruebl the bronze in 1:49.67. Maestri the original favorite with an entry time of 1:49.13, Oswald taking the prelims leading time of 1:51.09 and Italy’s Andrea Mitchell D’Arrigo the semifinal leading time of 1:49.81.

Girls 200 IM

Young Dalma Sebestyen from Hungary took the gold in 2:16.09 ahead of Ukraine’s Iryna Glavnyk in 2:17.06 and Hungary’s Reka Gyorgy in 2:17.20. Sebestyen the original favorite with an entry time of 2:17.12, Glavnyk posting the leading prelims time of 2:16.98 before Sebastyen took control with a leading semifinal time of 2:15.86.

Boys 100 butterfly

Greece’s Andreas Vazaios took the first gold medal of his country with a winning time of 53.43 ahead of Poland’s Michal Poprawa in 53.48 and Spain’s Albert Puig Garrich in 53.77. Turned out to be the only gold medal of Greece, added to the silver medal that Vazaios won in the 200 IM on day 3.

Girls 50 butterfly

Louise Hansson took Sweden’s single gold medal with a winning time of 26.53, Russia’s Svetlana Chimrova the silver medal in 26.62 and Germany’s Elena Czeschner the bronze in 27.14. Hansson the original favorite with an leading entry time of 26.71, Chrimrova having led the prelims with a time of 26.97 and the semifinal with a time of 26.83.

Boys 50 freestyle

Germany’s Maximilian Oswald secured his title as most winning individual at these championships with a winning time of 22.28 (0.02 from Steffen Deibler’s championships record of 22.26), adding to his silver in the 200 freestyle earlier this afternoon, the 50 butterfly bronze on day 1 and the 100 freestyle gold medal on day 3. Ukraine took silver and bronze with Volodymyr Suschuk in 22.60 and Bogdan Plavin in 22.63.

Girls 4×200 freestyle

Russia’s Mariya Baklakova led her team to yet another win, Russia clocking 8:06.85 ahead of Italy in 8:11.56 and Spain in 8:15.36. A clean sweep for the Russian girls, having taken gold also in the 4×100 freestyle and 4×100 medley.

Boys 4×100 medley

Italy took the last possible gold medal in 3:41.36 ahead of Russia in 3:41.49 and Great Britain in 3:42.84, the Italian boys having taken gold in the 4×200 freestyle also.

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