2018 JUNIOR LEN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
At the 2018 European Junior Swimming Championships, Russia set a slew of records en route to the team trophy and lead the medal table with 34 overall, including 18 gold medals.
Among those prolific brands was a new Championship and a new European junior record in the 50 return of Daria Vaskina (27.90), a new championship and European junior record in the 400 mixed medley relay, and 3 championship records of Kliment Kolesnikov.
None of these records, however, had lasted as long as the one broken by Anastasia sorokina on the last day of the women’s 200 IM competition. There, the 15-year-old won gold in 2: 14.38, which broke a 34-year-old record in that event. The brand had been in existence since 1984, when Elena Dendeberova swam a 2: 14.55.
Editor’s note: Russian junior records are for 16 and under in girls ‘races and 18 and under in boys’ races.
Dendeberova would go on to win a silver medal in the same 200 IM at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea four years later.
“I knew there was such a record, but I didn’t know the exact time so I didn’t target it,” Sorokina said after her run. “But I’m very happy to have been able to beat him. I have a storm of emotions. When I was selected for the European Junior Championship in Moscow, my best result then was 2.16.67. Now I took off for two seconds.
“I want to thank everyone for helping me prepare so well for these competitions – the All-Russian Swimming Federation, which organizes training camps, my coaches Alexei Lobankov, Victor Yuryevich Lychkov, Dmitry Valentinovich Denisenko, in the team I trained with at the training camp, as well as my first coaches Rodionov Elena Anatolievna and Yerisova Innu Anatolievna.
Dendeberova still holds the country’s longest-running national record for both junior and elite levels in swimming – her 400 IM, also from 1984, which is 4: 43.78. The second oldest is the junior men’s 400 freestyle record, which has stood since 1991 at 3: 49.02. It is held by Yevgeny Sadiovi, who would go on to win the triple gold in the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 800 free relay for the unified team at the 1992 Olympics.