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 He, Yuhan Qiu, Duo 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.