Russia’s continued their dominance of swimming competitions here today as they secured eight of the 11 Baku 2015 gold medals on offer in the final session of European Games action here
Polina Egorova has been one of their stars during the five days of competition, which has consisted of only under-17 athletes after Baku 2015 came to a compromise agreement with key bodies to let junior athletes compete in the European Games having failed to reach a deal to add the event into an already hectic calendar.
Egorova secured her fifth gold medal of the Games in the 100 metres backstroke in what was one of the closest finishes of the night as she appeared level with her team mate Mariia Kameneva and France’s Pauline Mahieu in the final metres of the race, but her reach for the line proved better than her opponents as she stopped the clock in 1min 01.19sec.
Kameneva finished just 0.06 behind to take silver, while Mahieu will have been disappointed to have been forced into third.
It was not long before Egorova had a second gold of the evening and sixth in total around her neck after she was victorious in the women’s 50m butterfly competition.
She touched home in the sprint race in 26.80 with Austria’s Caroline Pilhatsch and Denmark's Julie Jensen separated by just 0.01 in silver and bronze.
On a night where everything seemed to go according to plan for Russia, Anton Chupkov added his name to the list of world junior record holders as he set a new benchmark of 1:00.65 in the men’s 100m breaststroke.
He then joined the men’s 4x100 medley relay team to set another world junior record, finishing in 3:36.38, nearly three seconds clear of second placed Britain.
"Super, super, super, we are very happy,” Chupkov said.
“It's an amazing feeling, a great way to end, we did it."
Russia’s women's 4x200m freestyle held off a late Dutch challenge to add to the gold medal tally, while there were also further titles from Danil Pakomov and Nikolay Sokolov in the men’s 100m and 400m individual medley respectively, as well as Maria Astashkina, who won her fourth gold of the Games in the women’s 100m breaststroke.
While the Baku Aquatics Centre has largely been a place of Russian triumphs have won 23 swimming, four synchronised swimming and three diving golds, there has also been success for several other promising young athletes.
One of those is Britain’s Duncan Scott.
He finished his Games in style by posting a time of 1:48.55 to win the men's 200m freestyle gold, before taking his overall tally to three gold and three silver medals as part of the team to finish second in the men's 4x100m medley relay.
Israel’s Ziv Kalontarov also displayed his talent in posting the fastest time in the heat and semi-final of the men’s 50m freestyle and then clocking 22.16 to win the final,.
Germany’s Maxine Wolters finished with a gold, silver and bronze from the Games following her victory in the women’s 200m individual medley in 2:13.37.
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