LIMA, Peru, August 16. THE third edition of the FINA World Junior Championships demonstrated even more speed than the previous two iterations, as meet records went up with regularity during the first day of long course meter racing.
Japan's Fumiya Hidaka topped a foursome that eclipsed the meet record in the men's 400 free with a winning time of 3:50.97. That now stands best in the three editions of the meet, bettering the 3:51.81 set by Danila Izotov back in 2008. Canada's Chad Bobrosky (3:51.46), USA's Evan Pinion (3:51.47) and Italy's Gabriele Detti (3:51.53) also cleared the previous meet record.
Japan's Miyu Otsuka twice lowered the meet record in the women's 400 IM. First, she posted a 4:43.29 in prelims to beat the 4:43.49 set by Dagny Knutson back in 2008. Otsuka then dropped the hammer in finals with a winning 4:40.98. Otsuka has more in the tank, as evidenced by an 11th-ranked season best of 4:38.05 from the Japan Open in May. Italy's Alessia Polieri claimed second this evening in 4:43.41, while Spain's Claudia Dasca earned third in 4:43.53.
Japan's Akihiro Yamaguchi also lowered a meet record twice, first with a 1:02.00 in prelims of the men's 100 breast. That effort wiped out the 1:02.19 set by Daniel Sliwinski in 2008. During semifinals, he led the way in 1:01.98. Greece's Panagiotis Samilidis took second in 1:02.06, while USA's Nicolas Fink rounded out the top three seeds in 1:02.54.
Ukraine's Daryna Zevina cleared 1:01 to set a meet record in the women's 100 back semis. The posted the top seed with a 1:00.92. China's Fu Yuanhui (1:02.30) and USA's Olivia Smoliga (1:02.71) qualified second and third.
In other semifinal action, Italy's Lisa Fissneider paced the women's 50 breast in 31.77. France's Claire Polit also cleared 32 with a 31.99, while USA's Sarah Haase qualified third in 32.01. Italy's Fabio Laugeni led the way in the men's 100 back with a 55.47. USA's Jacob Pebley (55.58) and Jack Conger (55.73) earned the second and third seed.
In relay action, USA's Matt Ellis, Allen Browning, Kyle Darmody and Seth Stubblefield won the men's 400 free relay in 3:21.10. Meanwhile, the U.S. beat the meet record in the women's 800 free relay twice. First, the Stars and Stripes posted an 8:03.83 during prelims, then Julia Anderson (2:00.10), Lia Neal (1:59.41), Gillian Ryan (2:00.98) and Chelsea Chenault (1:59.84) clocked an 8:00.33 during finals for the win.