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2018 Euro Junior Open Water Champs 2018 LEN Events News Open Water Swimming

LEN European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, Malta – Summary

France dominates, though relays are cancelled 

The French claimed four out of six titles in the individual races at the European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Malta. Sadly, the relay events were cancelled on the last day.

Just like a year ago, the French stole the show at the junior open water Europeans – they clinched four golds again, this time out of six. The Gauls landed all three men’s titles, sometimes better orientation helped their youngsters sometimes their favourite was truly a cut above the rest.

Logan Fontaine repeated his win from last year: the French is one of the greatest talents recently seen, he came first in the 5km in 2015, won the 7.5km in 2016 and added his first 10km title last summer. Also, Fontaine was already part of France’s senior world champion relay team a year ago – here in Malta he hit the touchpad 21sec ahead of his chasers to bid a worthy farewell to his junior years.

The remaining two titles went to Hungary and Russia. Mira Szimcsak had a smart race and used every chance arisen to clinch the 5km title, a fine achievement from a 14 year-old.

The girl’s 7.5km was the most thrilling battle of the weekend and perhaps in the entire season so far. Only 0.07sec separated the medallists, 0.01sec was officially recorded between Veronika Nikulina and Carla Goyanes – after hours of video-reviewing, the officials declared the Russian’s win ahead of her Spanish rival and upheld this decision after a protest had been filed. Russia had more medals than any other teams, altogether they collected 6 during the two days.

Though all teams were getting ready to the great spectacle on Sunday, the 5km relays, they left the venue disappointed as the local organisers announced that they cancelled the competition, due to the high waves in the bay.

Medallists, European Junior OWS Championships


Results page here

5 k MEN PODIUM – Complete ranking
1. Ouabdesselam Leo 2003 FRA 00:58:02,83
2. Ivan Morgun 2003 RUS 00:58:12,12
3. Aleksandr Stepanov 2003 RUS 00:58:14,16


5 k WOMEN PODIUM – Complete ranking
1. Szimcsák Mira 2004 HUN 01:01:33,75
2. Edel Evelin 2003 GER 01:01:44,58
3. Blanke Marlene 2004 GER 01:01:47,36

7,5 K MEN PODIUM – Complete ranking

1. Clusman Jean-Baptiste 2001 FRA 01:26:27,86
2. Daniil Orlov 2001 RUS 01:26:33,10
3. Danil Nemolochnov 2001 RUS  01:26:51,17

7,5 K WOMEN PODIUM – Complete ranking

1. Veronika Nikulina 2001 RUS 01:33:38,48
2. Carla Goyanes 2001 ESP 01:33:38,49
3. Giulia Salin 2002 ITA  01:33:38,56

10 K MEN PODIUM – Complete ranking 

1. Fontaine Logan 1999 FRA 01:52:09,36
2. Kirill Dolgov 1999 RUS 01:52:30,23
3. Russo Emanuele 2000 ITA  01:52:31,44

10 K WOMEN PODIUM – Complete ranking 

1. Lisa Pou 1999 FRA 01:57:42,37
2. Rohács Réka 2000 HUN  o1:57:47,58
3. Ciccarella Silvia 2000 ITA  01:58:20,97


Relays have been cancelled.


Medal table

France     4          0          0

Russia     1          3          2

Hungary    1          1          0

Germany    0          1          1

Spain      0          1          0

Italy      0          0          3