Below the statements of the winners and the best athletes of the fifth day of the 47th European Junior Championships, in Rome.
Women's 50m butterfly - Final
Gold medalist. Daria Klepikova (Rus) 26"14 CR: I worked hard for this victory and I'm very satisfied, it adds to the gold medals won in 100 freestyle and in relays I felt I could have done even better. Now I'm thinking about next season. I'm happy to be in Rome. I have dreams about my future, but for now I'm focusing on training.
Women's 200m individual medley - Final
Gold medalist. Katie Shanahan (Gbr) 2'13"13: I'm satisfied with my time and with other races I've competed these days. I won three medals. I'm happy to swim in a pool like Stadio del Nuoto: it's wonderful.
Silver medalist. Anastasiia Sorokina (Rus) 2'13"84: It was a tough race, I'm happy with my second place. It's still an international podium. Sometimes you may be second but I don't mind, I'll keep training to win. Races like these make me love this sport.
Men's 200m freestyle Final
Gold medalist. David Popovici (Rou) 1'45"95: I did the best I could but I feel tired. Anyway, I am very satisfied and surprised with the results. >I'm looking forward to seeing how the 50m will go tomorrow. >The pool is amazing and I love> its atmosphere. I really like the climate in Rome and summer is my favourite season.
Women's 50m backstroke - Final
Gold medalist. Carmen Weiler Sastre (Esp) 28"42: It's my first victory and I hope that many more will come. I took part in European Championships in Kazan two years ago but I did not go beyond the heats. I am very tired because I did two races in a row but I tried to do my best in both. Unfortunately, I did not reach the finals in 50 freestyle.
Bronze medalist. Erika Gaetani (Ita) 28"84: I did not expect this medal, five minutes ago I was in the training pool and I had even forgotten this final. 50m is a unique race, you cannot know who will win. This was the ninth race of these Europeans for me and tomorrow I will have another final. Next year, at European Championships in Rome I will also carry Zeus, my puppy.
Men's 200m breaststroke - Final
Gold medalist. Aleksas Savickas (Ltu) 2'13"35: After silver in 100 I was expecting this medal, but I didn't believe I could have won. Honestly I was hoping for it. I know this pool very well, a week ago I also took part at Settecolli.
Women's 1500 freestyle - Final
Gold medalist. Merve Tuncel (Tur) 15'55"23 EJ-CR: I am satisfied with my result, it was quite challenging to face the other girls, especially in the first half of the race. Rome is amazing, it's the first time I compete at Stadio del Nuoto.
Women's 4x100m freestyle
Gold medalist. Russia (Daria Tatarinova 55"29, Daria Trofimova 54"61, Aleksandra Kurilkina 55"67, Daria Klepikova 54"53) 3'40"10 CR: We are extremely tired, luckily that's all for today. We didn't expect to win even this relay, but we are satisfied. We would like to thank our National team for all the support given to us during the Championship, we are proud to be part of it.
Photo Credits Andrea Masini / DBM