2015 FINA World Junior Championships: Day Three Finals Live Recap

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Women’s 50 fly semis

Japan’s Rikako Ikee tracked down the women’s 50-meter fly meet record in the semifinal heats at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Ikee clocked a top time of 26.30 to lead the way as she lowered the previous record of 26.32 set by Svetlana Chimrova in Dubai in 2013.

That performance just missed the World Junior record of 26.26 set by Rozaliya Nasretdinova at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Russia’s Mariia Kameneva qualified second in 26.59 to win the first semifinal, while Australia’s Lucia Lassman wound up tied for third overall with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak with matching 26.80s.

China’s Wang Jingzhuo (26.84), Australia’s Gemma Cooney (26.91), Hungary’s Szonja Szokol (27.00) and Slovakia’s Barbora Misendova (27.02) also made their way into the finals.

Men’s 50 free semis

Kyle Chalmers led the way into finals of the men’s 50-meter free at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Chalmers won the second semifinal heat with a time of 22.44 to earn the top seed heading into finals tomorrow.

USA’s Michael Andrew checked in with the second seed with a time of 22.50 to win semifinal two.

Hungary’s Oszkar Peter Lavotha wound up with the third seed in a time of 22.55, while Brazil’s Felipe Izzo turned in a fourth-seeded 22.67.

Turkey’s Huseyin Emre Sakci (22.71), Russia’s Vladislav Kozlov (22.72), Italy’s Giovanni Izzo (22.74) and Brazil’s Pedro Spajari (22.76) closed out the finalist field.

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The semis featured three of the top five 18-and-under swimmers this year with Chalmers, Andrew and Izzo all making finals.

Women’s 200 back finals

Australia’s Minna Atherton kept on rolling with another victory, this time with a meet-record effort in the women’s 200-meter backstroke at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Atherton, who already tied the World Junior record in the 100-meter back yesterday, won the women’s 200-meter backstroke in a time of 2:09.11.

Atherton just managed to beat a strong top three with China’s Liu Yaxin (2:09.44) and Canada’s Taylor Ruck (2:09.49) also clearing the previous meet record of 2:09.74 set by Kylie Stewart back in 2013.

Those three swims put the top three among the top five 18-and-under swimmers in the world this year.

The swims pale in comparison to Daria K. Ustinova’s World Junior record of 2:07.29 from the Russian Nationals in Moscow, but are still fast compared to the rest of the world.

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Canada’s Meryn McCann finished fourth in 2:10.34, while USA’s Claire Adams could not replicate her time from Nationals with a fifth-place 2:10.50.

Russia’s Irina Prikhodko (2:10.64), Great Britain’s Rosie Rudin (2:12.23) and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai (2:12.51) also competed in the finale.

Men’s 100 fly finals

Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov clipped his own meet record in the men’s 100-meter fly finals at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Pakhomov checked in with a top time of 52.28 for the win, just off his season-best time of 52.13 from the European Junior Championships in Baku.

That swim downed Pakhomov’s meet record of 52.40 set yesterday.

With USA’s Michael Andrew missing finals due to a daunting schedule yesterday, Pakhomov was the clear favorite tonight.

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Brazil’s Vinicius Lanza snared silver with a time of 52.88, while Russia’s Daniil Antipov also cleared 53 seconds with a bronze-winning 52.99.

Spain’s Alberto Lozano (53.10), Poland’s Michal Chudy (53.25), Brazil’s Henrique Painhas (53.44), Italy’s Giacomo Carini (53.51) and USA’s Ryan Hoffer (53.53) closed out the finale.

Women’s 100 breast semis

Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes put herself in position for another meet record as she paced the women’s 100-meter breast semis at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Gunes lead the way in semis with a 1:06.90, just off Ruta Meilutyte’s meet record of 1:06.61 set back in 2013.

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With that swim, Gunes became just the fifth 18-and-under to clear 1:07 this year, bettering the 1:07.60 season best she had at Worlds.

Gunes is clearly the favorite heading into finals with Russia’s Mariia Astashkina qualifying a distant second in 1:08.30.

Sweden’s Sophie Hansson (1:08.34), Great Britain’s Katie Matts (1:08.39), Japan’s Runa Imai (1:08.69), Italy’s Giulia Verona (1:08.97), Japan’s Yukino Miyasaka (1:09.24) and Russia’s Daria Chikunova (1:09.27) also made their way into the finale.

Men’s 50 back semis

USA’s Michael Andrew paced semis of the men’s 50-meter back at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Andrew, who smashed the meet record with a sizzling 25.14 earlier today in prelims, put up an easy speed 25.56 to make his way into finals tonight.

Andrew’s time this morning nearly eclipsed the World Junior record of 25.09 set by Evgeny Rylov at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Egypt’s Mohamed Samy qualified second into finals with a 25.61, while Canada’s Javier Acevedo put up a third-seeded 25.63.

Venezuela’s Robinson Molina (25.74), Egypt’s Youssef Abdalla (25.75), Greece’s Nikalaos Sofianidis (25.78), Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez (25.84) and Russia’s Roman Larin (25.92) will also vie for the championship title in finals.

Women’s 100 free finals

Taylor Ruck led a Canadian 1-2 with a meet record in the women’s 100-meter finals at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Ruck raced her way to a 53.92 for the win, breaking her own meet mark of 53.95 from yesterday.

That swim moved her even closer to Shen Duo’s World Junior record of 53.84 set back at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.  She also nearly cleared Shen as the top 18-and-under in the world this year.

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Ruck teamed up with compatriot Penny Oleksiak (54.65) to give Canada a 1-2 punch in the finale, while Russia’s Arina Openysheva claimed bronze in 54.78.

Japan’s Rikako Ikee (54.82), Australia’s Shayna Jack (55.38), Australia’s Lucy Elizabeth McJannett (55.39), Japan’s Sachi Mochida (55.56) and USA’s Stanzi Moseley (56.49) also swam for the title.

Men’s 800 free finals

China’s Yang Jintong turned up the heat down the final 100 meters to win the men’s 800-meter free at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

Trailing Ernest Maksumov of Russia heading into the final 150 meters, Yang turned on the jets to take the win in 7:55.19.

Maksumov, swimming in the final heat of the timed final event, wound up fading to third in a time of 7:57.40 as Spain’s Cesar Castro actually managed to take second with a 7:57.21 from the earlier heats this morning.

Australia’s Joshua Parrish placed fourth in 7:57.43 with Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida (7:59.49) also clearing 8:00 for fifth overall.

Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky (8:00.76), Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas (8:01.60) and Greece’s Dimitrios Negris (8:04.42) rounded out the top eight in the timed final competition.

Mixed 400 free relay finals

Canada crushed the mixed 400 free relay meet record at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

The foursome of Javier Acevedo, Markus Thormeyer, Penny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck turned in a winning time of 3:27.71.  That swim broke the meet record of 3:28.74 set by Australia in 2013.

Although the official stats have Canada’s time as the World Junior record, it is slower than the unratified World Junior mark of 3:27.02 set by Li Guangyuan, Qiu Yuhan, Yu Hexin and Shen Duo at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Australia’s Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers, Lucy Elizabeth McJannett and Shayna Jack took silver in 3:28.59.

Russia’s Vladislav Kozlov, Igor Shadrin, Mariia Kameneva and Arina Openysheva earned bronze in 3:28.79.

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Brazil (3:29.92), USA (3:30.03), Italy (3:30.57), Germany (3:34.30) and China (3:34.30) also competed in the finale.

SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Women’s 50 fly semis
  • Men’s 50 free semis
  • Women’s 200 back finals
  • Men’s 100 fly finals
  • Women’s 100 breast semis
  • Men’s 50 back semis
  • Women’s 100 free finals
  • Men’s 800 free finals
  • Mixed 400 free relay finals