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Record-breaking Russians dominate final night of Swimming

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Women's 4x200m Freestyle champions Arina Openysheva, Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, Olesia Cherniatina and Irina Krivonogova. Robert Prezioso/Getty Images
Openysheva ends with seven medals, Egorova takes six and Astashkina grabs four

Russia won eight of the 11 gold medals in the final session of the European Games Swimming competition to press home their superiority in the pool at Baku 2015.

There was individual Russian delight too for Polina Egorova, who took her fifth and sixth golds, while Maria Astashkina won her fourth and Arina Openysheva her seventh – making her the most decorated Russian across the Games.

There was also another Russian world junior record but this time it was Anton Chupkov in the men's 100m breaststroke outshining his compatriot Daniil Pakhomov, who did not manage to improve on the record he broke two times on Friday in the 100m butterfly.

Egorova was in third position at the turn in the women's 100m backstroke final but fought her way back to win in 1:01.19 seconds, and then repeated the feat in the 50m butterfly.

"I am very happy. I imagined I could take a gold in the main distance but I didn't imagine this result," said Egorova after adding her preferred 50m butterfly to the 100m backstroke gold.

Chupkov provided a highlight with his world junior record 1:00.65 to win the 100m breaststroke, before Astashkina then won her fourth gold of the Games, in the women's 100m breaststroke.

Great Britain hit back in the men's 200m freestyle, Duncan Scott winning gold from lane six after leading from the first turn. Maxine Wolters then won the women's 200m individual medley for Germany, before normal Russian service resumed.

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Pakhomov won the men's 100m butterfly despite being over half a second down on his best, before Israel's Ziv Kalontarov won the men's 50m freestyle to huge cheers.

"I am going to Rio and I'm going for gold," said Kalontarov. "I'm really, really, really, really happy."

Nikolay Sokolov won more gold for Russia in the men's 400m individual medley and the men's 4x100m medley relay epitomised the final evening in the pool with Russia finishing nearly three seconds clear of Great Britain.

Earlier, a spirited fightback by Netherlands and Great Britain in the final two legs failed to prevent another Russian gold in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

 

 

 


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