Carson Foster Splits 1:46.1 as United States Obliterates World Junior Record in Men’s 4×200 Free Relay in Budapest

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Carson Foster split a massive 1:46.1 to give the US its fifth relay gold of the World Juniors. Photo Courtesy: FINA / Budapest 2019

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Budapest 2019

Day Four Finals (Men’s 4×200 Free Relay)

The United States remained perfect in relays after four nights of the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest with a new world junior record in the men’s 4×200 free relay. The quartet of Jake Magahey (1:48.11), Luca Urlando (1:47.13), Jake Mitchell (1:47.03) and Carson Foster (1:46.10) obliterated the world junior record with a 7:08.37 to lower Hungary’s 7:10.95 from 2017 by nearly three full seconds.

The Americans had some pressure through three legs from the Russian Federation, who won the silver in four of the five relays thus far. The Russians gave the Americans a race with the likes of Nikita Danilov (1:48.76), Aleksandr Shchegolev (1:46.36) and Maksim Aleksandrov (1:48.38) but Foster unleashed a 1:46 on the anchor leg to run away from Aleksandr Egorov (1:48.40) as the Russians settled for silver at 7:11.90.

This was a huge split from Foster, who fell short of winning a medal in the individual 200 free on Wednesday and split nearly a second and a half faster than the individual event. Urlando won the gold medal in the 200 free at 1:46.9 but swam slightly slower at 1:47.1. This has been a busy week for Foster and Urlando, who were named Swimming World’s high school swimmers of the year this year, as they were on the world junior record setting 4×100 free relay on night one, along with Magahey, who led off both relays. Urlando also was on the mixed 4×100 free relay last night as Foster won gold in the 200 IM.

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Jake Mitchell and Luca Urlando celebrate. Photo Courtesy: FINA / Budapest 2019

Urlando will have the 200 fly on Sunday where he is a big favorite after a 1:53 this summer and Foster will have the 400 IM tomorrow where he is the world junior record holder.

Australia was with the leaders early with Thomas Neill leading the way at 1:47.58 as he has already won silver in the 400 and bronze in the 800 free this week. But the Aussies did not have the horses to compete with the Americans and Russians but they still won the bronze medal at 7:15.06 after Alexander Grant (1:48.98) won a tussle with Brazilian anchor Gustavo Francisco (1:49.69).

The Brazilians were fourth at 7:16.99 after Murilo Stein (1:47.04) and Eduardo Oliveira (1:47.83) put them into bronze medal contention on the second and third legs.

Hungary had a nice lead-off from 400 champion Gabor Zombori (1:48.17), but they fell off the pace with two 1:53s on the back end as they were sixth at 7:25.14 behind the Czech Republic (7:22.70). Turkey (7:28.80) and China (7:31.55) also competed in the final.

  • World Junior Record: 7:10.95, Hungary (2017)
  • Championships Record: 7:10.95, Hungary (2017)
1 United States of America USA 7:08.37, WJ, CR Magahey, 1:48.11, Urlando, 1:47.13, Mitchell, 1:47.03, Foster, 1:46.10
2 Russian Federation RUS 7:11.90 Danilov, 1:48.76, Shchegolev, 1:46.36, Aleksandrov, 1:48.38, Egorov, 1:48.40
3 Australia AUS 7:15.06 Neill, 1:47.58, Tinsley, 1:49.85, Hauck, 1:48.65, Grant, 1:48.98
4 Brazil BRA 7:16.99 Tomiyama, 1:50.43, Stein, 1:47.04, Oliveira, 1:47.83, Francisco, 1:49.69
5 Czech Republic CZE 7:22.70 Lunak, 1:51.28, Hloben, 1:50.00 Prochazka, 1:51.36, Stemberk, 1:50.06
6 Hungary HUN 7:25.14 Zombori, 1:48.17, Pap, 1:50.50, Ulrich, 1:53.23, Szabados, 1:53.24
7 Turkey TUR 7:28.80 Unlu, 1:50.79, Gulsen, 1:51.01, Aslan, 1:52.43, Saka, 1:54.57
8 People's Republic of China CHN 7:31.55 Hong,  1:51.17, Zhao, 1:52.41, Li, 1:52.82, Huang, 1:55.15

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