Australia’s Minna Atherton impressed on the opening night of the International Swimming League (ISL) match in London, but hosts London Roar trail Energy Standard at the halfway mark.
Atherton broke the women’s 100 metres backstroke record last month in Budapest and nearly achieved the feat over the longer 200m distance in London.
The 19-year-old claimed victory in a time of 1min 59.25sec, just 0.02 outside of the record held by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú.
The Australian, representing hosts London Roar, contributed significantly to their day one tally at the London Aquatics Centre.
She also emerged as the winner of the women’s 50m backstroke event, adding to her star performance in the 200m.
One of the main contests on the opening day came in the men’s 200m breaststroke, where home favourite Adam Peaty was in action.
Peaty, the world champion in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, faced the challenge of Russia’s Anton Chupkov in the race.
Chupkov, who is the reigning world champion in the 200m, touched home ahead of the Britain to boost the points total of his Energy Standard team.
Chupkov WINS 🥇@adam_peaty ends up in an @energy_standard sandwich as he finishes second between Anton Chupkov and Ilya Shymanovich in the 200m Breaststroke.#AquaPower 🏊♀ #ISL2019 pic.twitter.com/bivUTp52DD— International Swimming League (@iswimleague) November 23, 2019
He was followed by Peaty, with Ilya Shymanovich of Belarus placing third for Energy Standard.
Energy Standard swimmers continued to impress with Evgeny Rylov triumphing in the men’s 200m backstroke.
The Russian's success was followed by wins for team mates Florent Manaudou in the men’s 50m freestyle and Kayla Sanchez of Canada in the women’s 200m freestyle event.
The results helped Energy Standard finish top of the standings at the conclusion of the session on 238 points, with London Roar second on 224.
The two unbeaten teams are followed by the Aqua Centurions on 178, with Iron third on 165.