14-Year-Old Athena Kovacs Downs Mexican Record In Women’s 50 Fly


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14-year-old Athena Kovacs rocked a new Mexican National Record while competing in the women’s 50m fly semi-final of the 2019 World Junor Championships.

After claiming the 9th fastest time of the morning heats in 27.07, the teen got under the 27-second barrier for the first time of her young career, hitting the wall in a time of 26.78 in tonight’s semi-final. That rendered Kovacs as the 7th-seeded swimmer headed into tomorrow night’s final and it also sliced .19 off of the previous Mexican National Record of 26.97 set by Lilianna Ibanez back at the 2016 edition of Mexican Nationals.

Kovacs, who competes for Eagle Aquatics stateside, entered these Championships with a personal best of 27.23, a time she earned while competing at this year’s Clovis stop of the TYR Pro Swim Series.

We’ll see if she has more in the tank for tomorrow night’s final, as she chases leader Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus, who clocked the fastest semi swim of 25.85.

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1 year ago

So even Mexican ‘flyers have strong Hungarian surnames now ha

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

In faxt, Maximiliano I of Mexico was an austrohungarian prince. There is a world beyond the future walls of your borders, and is bigger and older

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Her mom is hungarian.

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