7TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
- 50-Meter Course
- Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
- Meet site
- Entries book
- FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
- Live results
If you’ve watched any of the 2019 World Junior Championships, you know that 16-year-old American Josh Matheny has been tearing it up on the breaststroking scene.
The Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics athlete already took silver in the men’s 100m breaststroke here in Budapest, producing a shiny new National Age Group Record of 1:00.17. He also put up a wicked-fast split of 59.31 on the USA’s World Junior Record-setting mixed medley relay earlier this week.
Flash forward to tonight, however, and Matheny ripped perhaps the most impressive outing of his World Junior Championships campaign, clocking a monster personal best time of 2:09.40 to take the title in a new Championships Record time.
Matheny was chasing Japan’s top-seeded Shoma Sato for the majority of the race. When Sato started tightening up the last 25 meters, the American pounced, getting the most out of every last stroke to hit the wall just .16 ahead of Sato.
Matheny’s time of 2:09.40 marks the first time the teen has ever been not only under 2:10, but under 2:11, as he held the American men’s National Age Group Record for 15-16-year-olds previously in 2:11.02. He utterly ripped that to shreds with his performance tonight, overtaking the old meet record of 2:10.19 set by Russia’s Anton Chupkov back in 2015.
The American’s time is also now just .01 away from overtaking the World Junior Record of 2:09.40 held by China’s Qin Haiyang since 2017. With his sub-2:10 swim tonight, Matheny now becomes the 12th fastest performer in American history in this 2breast event.
Splits for Matheny’s former record:
- 33.16 (1:02.85)
- 33.97 (1:36.82)
- 34.20 (2:11.02)
Splits for Matheny’s new record:
- 33.00 (1:02.47)
- 33.23 (1:35.70)
- 33.70 (2:09.40)
Of additional note, Matheny’s time now knocks Daniel Roy out of the top 6 for Team USA National Team tracking: