Ziv Kalontarov, The Sprint Star Of David, Dominates The Dash In 22.1 At Baku Finale

Ziv Kalontarov of Israel

Russians ran roughshod over almost all, Britain’s Duncan Scott made it a sprint freestyle double with triumph in the 200m freestyle and Ziv Kalontarov made history for Israel with a 22.16 victory in the 50m freestyle in the curtain-closing session of the European Junior Championships, part of the inaugural continental Games in Baku. The 18-year-old’s dominant sprint granted him the last slot in the season world top 20

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Russians ran roughshod over almost all, Britain’s Duncan Scott made it a sprint freestyle double with triumph in the 200m freestyle and Ziv Kalontarov made history for Israel with a 22.16 victory in the 50m freestyle in the curtain-closing session of the European Junior Championships, part of the inaugural continental Games in Baku. The 18-year-old’s dominant sprint granted him the last slot in the season world top 20

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Joy Macnaughton

Please note although Team GB state Duncan is a member of Grangemouth ASC (2nd club) he swims competitively for University of Stirling. This is where he will study next year, staying with Steven Tigg.

STIRLO

7 golds and a silver for Openysheva, will be interesting to see how she goes in senior waters.
Scott looks like the real deal for GB. I notice he stepped in to swim the Fly in the relay, which was important given that they didn’t otherwise have a sub-55 guy. His 52.7 split spoke to his all round talent.
On another note, I’m not a fan of this relay proliferation. One of the GB girls – Georgia Coates – had a pretty disappointing meet really, off her bests in her individual events, and yet came away with 5 medals. (though to be fair, a sub 2 minute anchor today was good work).

Craig Lord

Mentioned in previous articles, Joy, but thanks – noted 🙂

aswimfan

Maybe the other top european swimming countries are not taking this games seriously and didn’t send their top juniors, but still, Russia’s dominance in european junior waters is quite breathtaking, considering europe consists of many countries with great swimming tradition.

STIRLO

As far a I can tell from the Euro junior rankings, the best guys were there. It is staggering and a little scary. By Tokyo, the US and Aus could have a legitimate rival.

aswimfan

For the sake of swimming, I hope they’re all clean. We don’t want a repeat of 90s chinese scandal.

roy

yes aswimfan I hope they are clean too.
I,ve also noticed that only few outstanding Russian juniors go on to be superstars as seniors. It happens in the US and Australia too but not as much as Russia.

Will Michael Andrew be a superstar in the future. Let,s keep our fingers crossed.

BritFanGirl

From a GB perspective, the timing of this event in relation to school exams is extremely challenging…

The meet would have come at the very end of the examination period, whereby some athletes can have fairly interrupted and stressful preparations.

Looking at the 200Fr, the British lads could have gone better in the 4×200

Bill Bell

Chupkov’s 1:00.65 100 breast was so world junior record, breaking HUS 1:00.84 from last year’s Youth Okympics — unless that Japanese kid who had been a WJR 2:98.8 in 200 has gone 58-plus!

The Russiam boy Pakhomov who won 100-200 flys went 52.13 in 100 semis but only 52.7 to win gold. Maybe he forgot to,eat his Wheaties this morning ( borscht).

Maybe Michael. Andrew will achieve stardom by Tokyo but if he does he’ll be doing it poor South Africa — not Uncle Sam.

Just thinking: Phelos was a coupke if years younger yhan all the boys here yet as a 14-year-ood he was an Olympic finalist and six months later a world record- holder. A month past his 16th birthday he was a World Champion and had broken his own 200 fly wr @ Fukuoka.

That’s the standard these kids should strive for.

roy

bill bell not every male swimmer can be Phelps. Every swimmer has their own development path.

Verram

How come Israel gets to compete at Euros when they are geographically part of Asia?

Bill Bell

Roy:

My point was not to,diminish the fine accomplishments of those who swam at Baku but merely to Nite that at an earlier age Phelos — one in a gadzillion –,was already a wr-holder/World Champion.

There’ll NEVER be another Phelos – until the next one comes along.

Craig Lord

Verram – they are considered part of Europe in many realms, art, literature, song, sport etc when it comes to contexts and prizes, because they have no regional competition allegiance with their neighbours in the Middle East. There is a background of neighbours who have refused to compete with Israel and even in world cup swimming of late one host refused to acknowledge swimmers and the flag of Israel until it got a warning from FINA after media questions. Beyond the obvious geographical anomaly, connections to Europe run very deep, obviously, for better and for worse.

STIRLO

It’s also true that the boundary between Europe and Asia is quite ill-defined. After all, by most standards, Baku and Azerbaijan are firmly in Asia.

Penguinee

Ziv Kalontarov’s name is misspelled (corrected, thank you – ED) Otherwise a great recap of the final day of Baku!

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