2014 Youth Olympics: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

2014 Youth Olympic Games – Day 2 Finals – Nanjing, China

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SESSION START TIMES

Prelims begin at 10AM local time and finals begin at 6PM local time. Around the world that’s:

  • 7PM/3AM U.S. West Coast Time
  • 8PM/4AM U.S. Mountain Time
  • 9PM/5AM U.S. Central Time
  • 10PM/6AM U.S. East Coast Time
  • 11PM/7AM Rio de Janeiro Time
  • 3AM/11AM London Time
  • 4AM/Noon Berlin/South Africa Time
  • 6AM/2PM Moscow Time
  • 11AM/7PM Tokyo Time
  • Noon/8PM Sydney Time

 

We have an exciting evening (or morning, for those of us in North America) of racing ahead of us in Nanjing, China on day two of the Youth Olympic Games. Kicking off the second night of finals will be a very tight field in the men’s 100 backstroke, which will see Junior World Record holder Apostolos Christou looking to take home gold and defend his junior world record from possible jeopardy. With Christou seeded fourth after last night’s semi-final, Simon Sabbioni and Guanyuang Li will be the biggest threat to his record. The pair qualified first and second respectively, touching in 54.48 and 54.52.

The women’s 50 breast will be another race to watch, as current world record holder Rūta Meilutytė will look to add “Youth Olympic Gold Medalist” to her already voluminous list of accomplishments. Meilutytė has the top seed heading into finals after cruising to a time of 31.67 in last night’s semi. We might not see a world record out of her tonight, though you certainly can’t count out the possibility. 

We’ll see an awfully tight race in the men’s 200 IM, highlighted by Hungarian duo Ben Gratz and Norbert Szabo facing off against American Patrick Mulcare. The three men are separated by less than a second following today’s preliminary heats. It will take a pretty huge swim to take down Gunnar Bentz’s sub-2:00 junior world record, but we’ll likely see someone come close after the top three men were all under 2:03 in prelims this morning.

Men’s 100 Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 55.16 – Jainbin He – China
  • Junior World Record: 54.03 – Apostolos Christou – Greece – 2014

We saw an exciting finish in the men’s 100 back to start things off this evening, with Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Italy’s Simone Sabbioni tying for the gold medal in a time of 54.24.  Guangyuan Li of China locked up the bronze, touching the wall in 54.56.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 2:08.72 – Boglarka Kapas – Hungary
  • Junior World Record: 2:08.10 – Natsuki Akiyama – Japan – 2008

Liliana Szilagyi of Hungary had full control over the women’s 200 fly, winning handily in 2:06.59. The time is not eligible for the Junior World Record as Szilagyi was born in 1996, but it’s still a very impressive time for the next in a long line of great Hungarian 200 butterfliers. Her mark was well under Natsuki Akiyama’s 2008 junior record time of 2:08.10. In fact, Szilagyi just recorded the third fastest performance this year in the 200 fly. Earning silver was Yufei Zhang of China, touching in 2:08.22. Getting onto the medal stand in third was Australia’s Brianna Throssell, with a bronze medal time of 2:09.65.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 1:49.81 – Andrey Ushakov – Russia
  • Junior World Record: 1:47.37 – Mack Horton – Australia – 2014

Italian Nicolangelo di Fabio was the gold medalist in a very tight men’s 200 free final. Di Fabio out-touched Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands who took silver in 1:48.59, and German Damian Wierling who settled for bronze in 1:48.91.  American Patrick Mulcare settled for 8th, touching in 1:50.57.

Women’s 50 Meter Breaststroke – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 32.02 – Rachel Nicol – Canada
  • Junior World Record: 29.86 –  Rūta Meilutytė – Lithuania – 2013

Not surprisingly, Lithuanian superstar Rūta Meilutytė took home gold in the women’s 50 breast with a blistering time of 30.14. Meilutytė seemed to shut it down the last 5 meters and was well over a second in front of silver medalist Julia Willers of Germany who finished in 31.78.  Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took the bronze medal in 31.84. 

Men’s 100 Butterfly – Semi Finals

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 53.13 – Gyuchelo Chang – South Korea
  • Junior World Record: 52.52 – Daniel Bell – New Zealand – 2008

China’s Zhuhao Li powered his way to a top seed time in the 100 fly, thanks in part to a very boisterous home crowd.  Li’s time of 53.26 is just ahead of Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov second place time of 53.42.  Switzerland’s Nils Leiss sits in third after putting down a semi-final time of 53.52.

Advancing to Finals:

1. Zhuhao Li CHN (53.26)

2. Aleksandr Sadovnikov RUS (53.42)

3. Nilz Leiss SUI (53.52)

4. Nick Brown AUS (53.57)

5. Mathys Goosen NED (53.84)

6. Tamas Kenderesi HUN (53.94)

7. Sascha Subarsky AUT (54.00)

8. Willam Joshua Steyn RSA (54.25)

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Semi Finals

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 54.46 – Tang Yi – China
  • Junior World Record: 54.47 – Siobhan Bernadette Haughey – China – 2013

China’s Yuhan Qui will have the top seed heading into finals after laying down a 54.78 in tonight’s semi.  Australia’s Ami Matsuo isn’t far behind, sitting in second at 54.98. Both girls will likely flirt with the junior world record tomorrow night.

Advancing to Finals:

1. Yuhan Qui CHN (54.78)

2. Ami Matsuo AUS (54.98)

3. Julie Meynen LUX (55.33)

4. Rūta Meilutytė LTU (55.46)

5. Daria Mullakaeva RUS (55.53)

6. Daria Ustonova RUS (55.54)

7. Bernadette Siobahn Haughey HKG (55.56)

8. Duo Shen CHN (55.62)

Women’s 100 Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 1:01.51 – Daryna Zevina – Ukraine
  • Junior World Record: 59.78 –  Daria Ustinova – Russia – 2014

In what turned out to be the closest finish of the night, American Clara Smiddy took home the gold in thrilling fashion with a time of 1:02.22.  Great Britain’s Jessica Fullalove was just one one-hundredth of a second behind Smiddy with a silver medal time of 1:02.23. New Zealand’s Bobbi Gichard was also dangerously close behind, wrapping up the bronze medal with a time of 1:01.25.

Though not a great time, this is where the Americans expected to shine at the meet with a roster heavy with backstrokers.

Men’s 200 IM – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 2:00.68 – Chad le Clos – South Africa
  • Junior World Record: 1:59.19 – Gunnar Bentz – 2014

Hungary’s Benjamin Gratz went on to take gold in the men’s 200 IM final with a time of 2:01.08, just over a second in front of silver medalist Povilas Strazdas of Lithuania (2:02.32).  Gratz’s countryman Norbert Szabo took the bronze medal, touching the wall in 2:02.47.  America’s Patrick Mulcare just missed the podium, taking fourth in 2:02.88.

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 4:09.68 – Australia
  • Junior World Record:4:04.48 – Russia – 2013

The Chinese quartet of Yun HeYuhan QiuDuo Shen and Yufei Zhang took gold in the women’s 4×100 junior world record with a sizzling 4:03.58. While faster than the Junior World Record, it won’t count as one because Yun He was born in 1996 and is thus too old for the Junior World Records. Australia and Great Britain had a duel for silver, with Great Britain coming out on top in 4:05.75. Australia would touch the wall in 4:06.38.

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Rafael
6 years ago

Liliana 2:06:59 the 200 fly might have a nee queen soon!

whoknows
6 years ago

Not so sure that Mulcare “fell” to eighth place. He qualified 8th and posted a best time of 1:50.57.not that he swam in the finals of 100 back two races before the 200 free. Third race of the night is final of the 200 I.m.

Danjohnrob
6 years ago

It looks like Patrick Mulcare is having some valuable learning experiences! Racing 100 back, 200 free and 200 IM FINALS in the same session at the international level?! What genius coach thought he’d be successful trying that? Don’t these kids have any supervision over there?! His backstroke time was slow, which makes me wonder if he slipped on the start, but he did his best in the freestyle and managed to get 4th in the IM to end the session. Good job Patrick; some lucky coach in the NCAA is getting a truly versatile workhorse competitor this fall!

Congratulations to Clara Smiddy for racing to the closest possible win in the 100 back! 🙂

I hope US Swimming is enjoying… Read more »

Rafael
Reply to  Danjohnrob
6 years ago

Based on the limit, or you have a good freestyle relay or medley.. impossible to get both..

chinesesupreme
6 years ago

Chinas is simply too strong to every other country. We are already leading and we will dominate the competition very easily. Swimming is going to look like diving very soon, only chinese swimmers winning medals. Just wait and see…

rafael
Reply to  chinesesupreme
6 years ago

You mean the girls freestyle and boys 100 fly. Liliana crushed the chinese girls. Chupkov broke the jr world record. Santana is far ahead too. What else china can win on pool? Cant see anything

bobo gigi
Reply to  chinesesupreme
6 years ago

Easy when the biggest swimming countries show no interest in that meet.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

You mean countries like France? Germany is taking it serious (already 2 medals), so maybe this chinese guy should rather look out for new swimming superpower germany:) Swimming will soon be like soccer, complete german dominance (22 men chasing a ball for 90 minutes and in the end germany always win -> 8 men swimming in the pool for xy minutes and in the end the german guy always wins:))

chinesesupreme
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Bobo Gigi
China finished second in 2011 World Championship, 2102 Olympics and 2013 Worlds, so China is not a big swimming nation?? Very nice. In a China x France meet, France would be completely crushed. Only USA is stronger now. But just wait, China has the best juniors in the world and, like I said before, it is just a question of (very) little time to China become number one.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  chinesesupreme
6 years ago

Even if tha would be true, what exactly do you want to hear? What are you up to?

Zhen
Reply to  chinesesupreme
6 years ago

I am Chinese but this guy just tries to be annoying.

whoknows
Reply to  chinesesupreme
6 years ago

Where are all the top Chinese swimmers when it comes time to swim with the big boys and girls at the Pan Pac starting later this week?

rafael
Reply to  whoknows
6 years ago

Without defending the gut china focus on asian games. And at least ye sun and the 200 female flyers are much better than the big guys and girls of pan pacs.

Unknown
Reply to  whoknows
6 years ago

They are all doping… Ye Shi Win? Back faster than Lochte in the last 100 of the 400 IM… Come now.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

1.01.22 for Clara Smiddy.

Impressive 2.06 for the Hungarian girl in the 200 fly.

bobo gigi
6 years ago
thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

Very good day for us. willers winning bronze although she was already faster this season, will be difficult for her to win a medal in 100/200 breast. wierling with a huge pb in 200 free, actually hes better in 50/100 free.

Rafael
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

On 100 Wieling will probably battle for silver with the chinese boy who split 48,6 on the mixed relay and the polish guy. Wierling swam the mixed relay too right?

50 free is today already..

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Im surprised wierling was this fast in 200 free, he improved his pb by over 1s, but i really doubt he will win a medal in 50/100 free. His highlight this year was the european juniors 2 months ago, so i dont think he will be able to swim as fast as he can for the rest of the meet.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

Just saw that Marek Ulrich improved his pb in 100 back again, 55.42 from 55.55 (before the meet it was 55.62:)). Hes not progressing very fast, but he improved about 1s this year, i think thats ok at his age. I wouldve liked to see all countries with their best medley relays, germany (probably many other countries too) had noone for fly and freestyle + only their second best athlete in backstroke, so i think 4th place is ok.

By the way: Were are the 100m breast male results? The final was also in this session.

Rafael
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

Brazil is also without the “best team” for medley relay.. Pedro vieira is a 53,3 100 flyer already.. Altamir is a 55 fly swimmer.. On breast pedro cartona is 1 second faster than Mickosz. So Brazil is losing at least 2,5 to 3 seconds

HG
6 years ago

Nations choose their athletes based on various parameters. This comp also gives new officials & support staff a chance to get international experience & hopefully some comeradie .

Besides the sport it has got to be an excellent exposure to how China does things . When they take over the world , these kids will be able to say – Yeah I knew that. The rest of us will be perplexed – wth happened ?

About Samuel Wood

Samuel Wood swam club and high school for 12 years,  choosing not to pursue a college career for academic reasons. He is a junior at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studies political science and journalism.  In the summer months Samuel is an instructor at Miller Aquatics in Homer, Illinois where …

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