2014 Youth Olympics: Day 6 Finals Live Recap, Multiple Junior World Records Tumble On Final Day

by Varun Shivakumar 19

August 22nd, 2014 International, News





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

Women’s 50 Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 25.40 – Tang Yi – China
  • Junior World Record: 24.95 – Rozaliya Nasretdinova – Russia – 2014

Russia’s Rozaliya Naretdinova set a new Junior World record with her swim on Friday night as she threw down a 24.88 in the 50 freestyle. This swim eclipsed her own record of 24.95 from the Russian Championships earlier this May, and crushes the time it took to win four years earlier (25.40).

Finishing in silver medal position is Australia’s Ami Matsuo, while Russia’s Daria Ustinova took bronze in a 25.56. The top American finish was Clara Smiddy who finished 16th yesterday in semifinal action with a 26.39.

Results in PDF here

Men’s 200 Backstroke – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 1:59.18 – Peter Bernek – Hungary
  • Junior World Record: 1:57.78 – Connor Green – United States – 2014

China’s Li Guangyuan crushed the Junior World record in the 200 back with a time of 1:56.94 swim in finals. His splits were as follows:


57.76 (30.04)

1:27.42 (29.66)

1:56.94 (29.52)

Notably, Guangyuan was trailing entering the final 50, and he had to run down Russia’s Evgeny Rylov in the final 50 to just outtouch him 1:56.94-1:57.10 (Rylov was also under the old JWR). Li’s triumph also prevented Rylov from sweeping the backstroke events at these championships. Taking third overall was Britain’s Luke Greenbank in a 1:59.03.

The top American finish was Patrick Mulcare, who finished in fourth at a 1:59.65.

See results in PDF here

Women’s 100 Butterfly – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 59.87 – Liu Jan – China
  • Junior World Record: 58.34  Svetlana Chimrova – Russia – 2013

Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi absolutely crushed the old record of 58.34 with her own 57.67 finish, but unfortunately she is just a tad too old for her time to count towards junior world record. Remarkably, this is also a new Hungarian National Record (old record was a 58.39 by Eszter Dara back at the 2008 Olympics), and vaults her to the 10th in the world in this event.

Her splits:


57.67 (30.52)

However, China’s Zhang Yufei also swam below the old junior world record with a 57.95 of her own, and since she is just 16 years old, her record will stand as the new standard.

Her splits:


57.95 (30.54)

The issue with junior world records barring female athletes who turn 18 before December 31st of the current year from being eligible presents us with a unique situation where the second place finish at the Youth Olympic Games comes away with the new record. Bronze went to Australia’s Brianna Throssell in a 59.12.

The top American finish was Meghan Small in a 1:02.13, which landed her in 14th place.

Full results in PDF here

Men’s 100 Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 49.99 – Medhy Metella – France
  • Junior World Record: 48.35 – Matheus Santana – Brazil – 2014

Continuing the Junior World Record assault was Brazil’s Matheus Santana has he just clipped his own record of 48.35 with a 48.25 finish in finals. Despite a slow reaction time (+0.73), Santana was able to pull even with China’s Yu Hexin (both out in 23.3) at the 50 before posting a blistering 24.9 second 50 to take the gold medal. This swim puts him at three-way tie for 5th in the world with Russian superstar sprinters Vladimir Morozov and Andrey Grechin. Not bad company at all for the youngster.

Santana’s exact splits were as follows:


48.25 (24.91)

Hexin finished second in a 49.06 and he was just able to touch out Germany’s Damian Wierling (49.07).

The top American finish was Patrick Conaton who finished 28th in prelims with a 52.49.

Full results in PDF here

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 2:27.78 – Emily Selig – Australia
  • Junior World Record: 2:23.12 – Viktoriya Solnceva – Ukraine – 2013

The record books got a reprieve in the women’s 200 breast as Ukraine’s Anastasia Malyavina grabbed gold in a 2:26.43. She was out in a 1:09.77 and led fairly comfortably throughout the race.

Finishing in second was South Korea’s Jiwon Yang in a 2:27.31 while Hungary’s Anna Sztankovics took bronze in a 2:27.66.

Full results in PDF here

Men’s 200 Butterfly – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 1:55.89 – Bence Biczo – Hungary
  • Junior World Record: 1:56.30 – Tamas Kenderesi – Hungary – 2014

Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi smashed his own Junior World Record with a 1:55.95 in finals tonight.

His splits:


55.72 (29.54)

1:25.79 (30.07)

1:55.95 (30.16)

Kenderesi was VERY consistent with his splitting, and despite getting out fast, he was able to string together two very quick last 50’s to blow away fellow countryman Benjamin Gratz, who would ultimately take 2nd in a 1:57.71. Kenderesi is also now 11th in the world with that swim.

Taking third was Italy’s Giacomo Carini (1:58.14). The fastest American finish came from Justin Wright who took 6th in a 1:59.40.

Results in PDF here

Women’s 400 Freestyle – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 4:10.37 – Boglarka Kapas – Hungary
  • Junior World Record: 3:58.86 WR – Katie Ledecky – United States – 2014

The USA came away with it’s first Gold Medal of the session as Hannah Moore captured the 400 free title with a 4:11.05. She was out in a 2:03.7 and got out early ahead of the field and was still able to hold on as the field crept up on her near the end.

Following close behind for 2nd was Thailand’s Sarisa Suwannachet (4:11.23), while Germany’s Kathrin Demler barely trailed behind her in a 4:11.25 for bronze.

Full results in PDF here

Men’s 50 Breaststroke – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 28.55 – Ivan Capan – Croatia 
  • Junior World Record:  27.74 – Peter John Stevens – Slovenia – 2013

Croatia’s Nikola Obrovac JUST missed the Junior World Record in the 50 meter breaststroke with a 27.83 time in finals. He was chased by Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie (27.94) right from the get-go, and both swimmers were the only ones to clear 28 seconds in the field. Finishing third was Russia’s Anton Chupkov in a 28.43

Full results in PDF here

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay – FINALS

  • 2010 Youth Olympic Champion: 3:52.52 – China
  • Junior World Record: 3:48.89 – Russia – 2013

China came away with the 4×100 Medley Relay title as Li Guangyuan (54.82), He Yun (1:07.54), Zhang Yufei (58.28), and Yu Hexin (48.70) combined to go a 3:49.33. Hexin chased down Russia’s anchor Daria Ustinova (54.92) to help China grab the event title.

Russia took silver in a 3:50.86 while Australia took bronze in a 3:52.45.

Full results in PDF here


All in all, five Junior World Records fell during competition today from Nanjing.


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8 years ago

Varun, Thank you for including a line about the US competitors in your description so I didn’t have to spend 45 mins to figure out Mulcare got fourth. Congrat’s to him on the highest US male finish in the meet so far (was there another 4th?, not sure) and congrat’s to Hannah for her 2nd gold medal!

8 years ago

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

8 years ago

Offtopic: I really like the design of the medals, there was a competition (open for everyone) to decide who would be allowed to design them, i think a guy from slovakia (slovenia?) won the competition.

8 years ago

Just being pedantic, but I don’t think Grechin counts as an International Superstar. He’s never won an individual medal at the Olympics, Worlds, or LC Euros. That doesn’t qualify him for “super”-star status quite yet in my book.

Reply to  mcgillrocks
8 years ago

How would you have written it? Russian superstar sprinter morozov and the “other russian guy”, who swims as fast as the superstar:)?

Philip Johnson
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
8 years ago

I would go further to argue Morozov isn’t a superstar (yet). No individual Olympic gold medals nor does he have any individual world titles. And he didn’t even make the 100 at Euros (despite swimming 47.6 last year). He’s only shined in the short course, but I hardly count that as being a superstar.

He has some good times under his belt, but he needs to have some sort of individual title in the long course and on a consistent basis.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Is this some kind of NCAA 2013 sprinting stars curse? Morozov and Chiereginni are BOTH having a terrible year..

Reply to  Rafael
8 years ago

To be fair, Chiereginni swam a solid swim at Pan Pacs in the 100 B final yesterday

8 years ago

womens 400m free times are pathetics. i dont know why this special event is so weak. even demler is only the 3rd fastest german girl in her age group, still its sad that she missed gold by 0.2 and wierling missed silver by 0.01, yesterday pilger missed bronze in 200m breast by 0.1 and biedermann missed gold by 0.02, while heintz missed gold by 0.07 in 200im (both at european championships). Its time for us to finally win some of those races.

8 years ago

I think the W400m JWR will be safe in Nanjing …

.. but not the Gold Coast. 🙂

8 years ago

It was stated earlier that her 200 fly time was not a record because the age is based on 12/31 of birthyear. If that is the case, the 100 fly would not be junior record either.

8 years ago

New JWR from Tamás Kenderesi, Day of Hungary in the swimming pool 😀

About Varun Shivakumar

Varun Shivakumar hails from Hoffman Estates, IL and swam competitively for 16 years. He swam both backstroke events at Northwestern University, and ranks fifth in the school’s All-time performances list in the 200 yard backstroke. Representing NASA Wildcat Aquatics, he also competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE …

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