18-Year Old Jan Cejka Breaks Czech Record in 50 Back at World Juniors


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Czech Republic swimmer Jan Cejka has broken the senior National Record in the men’s 50 meter backstroke by swimming a 25.22 in the semi-finals on Thursday at the World Junior Swimming Championships. That broke Cejka’s own record of 25.32 from prelims, which in turn broke the old record of 25.42 that was set in April of this year by Tomas Franta at the Eindhoven Swim Cup. Franta himself is only 21 years old.

Cejka’s best time coming into the meet was 25.69; his big breakout season came in 2018, where he dropped over a second in this 50 back and almost as much in the 100 back.

Neither Franta nor Cejka have hit the Olympic “A” standard in the 100 back yet, though both have easily cleared the “B” standard. Franta’s best time is 54.16 and Cejka’s is 54.47, with the “A” cut sitting at 53.85. Cejka swam 55.01 in semifinals of the 100 back to finish 9th on Tuesday.

Cejka was the European Junior Champion in the 200 back in July and also took a bronze medal in the 100 back. His 200 back there of 1:57.51 is also a Czech Record.


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