Taylor Ruck and Ajna Kesely Battle For 200 Free Gold, World Junior Championship Record

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Women’s 200 Free Final

Canada’s Taylor Ruck, having hung back in semi-finals, dropped over three seconds from her seed time to clinch her second individual medal and lower her own championship record in the women’s 200-meter freestyle final. Her gold-medal time of 1:57.08 was almost 0.80 seconds faster than her previous 2015 championship record.

Perhaps the reason Ruck dropped so much time from semi-finals was the competition she faced from 400-freestyle champion Ajna Kesely of Hungary, who touched just 0.02 behind her in 1:57.10 for the silver medal.

The top two women won comfortably, as the bronze medal was claimed by Irina Krivonogova of Russia with a time of 1:58.51. Germany’s Isabel Marie Gose touched in 1:59.65 for fourth place, while Anastasiia Kirpichnikova of Russia was close behind in 1:59.72 for fifth.

Canada’s Rebecca Smith was the last athlete in the heat under 2:00.00, stopping the clock in 1:59.88 for sixth place. Rounding out the wide-open heat were Seemanova (2:00.01) and Korea’s Easop Lee (2:01.19).

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Author: Ailish Dougherty

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Ailish Dougherty is a sophomore at Tufts University where she is majoring in Child Study and Human Development on the pre-med track. She swims distance freestyle for their Division III program in the NESCAC.

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