Qui Ziao Tops Loaded Field in Prelims of Men’s 400 Free at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya

The top four finishers for tonight’s 400-meter free all finished within .83 seconds of one another, leaving the field wide open for who will claim the title. Qui Ziao of China leads the field going into tonight’s finals with a qualifying time of 3:51.10. Teammate Yang Jintong finished close behind with a 3:51.27 to claim the second-place seed.

Grant Shoults of the USA finished third overall with a time of 3:51.48.

Australia’s Joshua Parish claimed the fourth-place seed with a time of 3:51.93. All four men are less than five seconds off of the Championship Record of 3:47.12 set by Mack Horton in 2013.

Ricardo Vargas of Mexico turned in a 3:53.53 in heat six to top Matthew Hirschberger of the USA’s time of 3:53.59 from heat seven.

Great Britain’s Cameron Kurle finished seventh overall with a time of 3:54.10, while Venezuela’s Rafael Davila rounds out the top eight with a 3:54.39.