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Medals shared in 50 fly at Euro swimming

August 19, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Florent Manaudou of France and Yauhen Tsurkin of Belarus shared the gold medal in the men’s 50-meter butterfly at the European championship on Tuesday.

The bronze was also shared, between Andriy Govorov of Ukraine and Benjamin Proud of Britain. The winners’ time was 23 seconds, while the bronze medalists were .21 seconds behind.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden earned gold in the women’s 50 fly in 24.98. Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark took silver in 25.34 and Francesca Halsall of Britain was third in 25.39.

Christoph Walker-Hebborn of Britain cruised home in the 100 backstroke, winning gold in 53.32, .32 seconds ahead of Jeremy Stravius of France. Jan-Philip Glania of Germany earned the bronze in 54.15.

Britain went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke, with Adam Peaty winning in 58.96 ahead of Ross Murdoch in 59.43. Giedrius Titenis of Lithuania was third in 59.61.

Duane Da Rocha Marce of Spain eased home in the women’s 200 backstroke, beating Elizabeth Simmonds of Britain by .29 seconds. Daria Ustinova of Russia settled for bronze in 2:09.79.

Walker-Hebborn and Peaty won their second gold medals of the day by pacing Britain to the gold and world record in the new 4x100 medley mixed relay event, which features two male and two female swimmers on each team, in any order. That means that in one leg female swimmers can be racing against the men.

Britain’s men swam the first two legs and opened up a big lead that Jemma Lowe and Halsall protected to set a world record time of 3:44.02 for the new event. The Netherlands took silver and Russia earned the bronze.

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