2018 LATVIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
After 15-year-old Ieva Maluka broke the Latvian National Record on day 1 of the Latvian Open in the 400 freestyle, she took down another on day 3 in the 100.
Maluka posted a time of 56.03, lowering her own record of 56.15 set in April. Her countrywoman Gabriela Nikitina, a 2012 Olympian, was 2nd in 56.72. Niktina had a win of her own in the 50 fly, clocking a time of 27.70.
Maluka also won the 200 free on day 2, just off her Latvian record in 2:03.70, and had a second win on day 3 in the 800 free (9:21.34). She finished the meet with a sweep of the 100, 200, 400 and 800 frees, and was also runner-up in the 50.
Ukrainian Daryna Zevina won the 200 back on day 1, and completed the backstroke sweep on days 2 and 3. She won the 50 in 29.46, a season-best, and took the 100 in 1:02.33.
Another multi-event winner was Latvian Uvis Kalnins, who won the 200 free and 200 IM after finishing as the runner-up on day 1 in the 200 back. He won the 200 free in 1:52.63, holding off Germany’s Fath Moritz (1:53.06), and won the 200 IM in 2:04.61.
OTHER NOTABLE SWIMS
- Arina Sisojeva completed the breaststroke sweep on the women’s side, claiming the 50 (32.61) and 200 (2:42.47) after taking the 100 on day 1.
- National Record holder Daniils Bobrovs won the men’s 200 breast in 2:14.99, with Uzbekistan’s Vladislav Mustafin 2nd in 2:17.60. Mustafin, who won the 100 on day 1, also took the 50 in 27.87.
- After winning the 200 back on day 1, Girts Feldbergs won the 100 on day 2 in 56.10, and was seeking the sweep on day 3 in the 50. But he was denied by .02, with Maksim Dzialendzik (26.25) clipping him at the wall for the victory.
- Uzbekistan’s Khursid Tursunov finished off the men’s sprint sweep in the 100 free, cracking 50 seconds in 49.94.
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