Two new anthems on final night


European Junior Swimming Championships ended on Sunday with team Russia celebrating on the podium for Team Trophy. It was outstanding victory for Russia with 1445 points. Great Britain was second almost 500 points behind Russia. Italy earned third place with 924 points.

There were two new countries on the top podium on Sunday. Lithuania got its first gold medal, thanks to Kotryna Teterevkova. Bronze medalist on 200m breaststroke was crowned for champion on 100 meters. Anastasia Makarova (RUS) and Anna Elendt (GER) followed Lithuanian.

Seeliger was happy to reach for gold

Another new anthem was "Du gamla, du fria" of Sweden. Björn Seeliger took over men's 50m freestyle. He smashed 22,27, a 0,34 margin ahead of Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) and Lewis Burras (GBR).

– I have worked hard during this season. I’ve had small problems with my back but it’s good now. I’m very pleased I could perform so well in this competition especially before the European Championchips in August, Seeliger told.

He had waited for his premium distance a long week, and made a good preparation:

– I think I had a rather good plan. I just tried to relax between the semifinal and the final and then just give my best. I haven’t reached the peak for this competition, so if I consider that, I’m pleased with my time. I’m happy I got faster trough the week.

For Seeliger it was an honour to leave Russian Kliment Kolesnikov behind:

– It feels really nice to beat Kolesnikov. It is really difficult to win especially him. He is really nice and kind, I have nothing but good to say about him. Though, he is probably not at his best on 50 meter freestyle. I didn’t know if I was going to win him, I was just thinking about my own performance and doing my best.


37 countries earned Team Points in Helsinki. 23 of them also got a medal. 9 countries reached for gold. Russia, Hungary and Great Britain topped the medal table.

Something unique was that in two events there was a tied title, two swimmers with gold medals.

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Björn Seeliger brought a gold medal for Sweden. Photo: Salla Valtari
Björn Seeliger brought a gold medal for Sweden. Photo: Salla Valtari