2015 FINA Junior World Championships: Ruck Rattles Jr World Record At Day 3 Finals


WOMEN’S 50M BUTTERFLY – Semifinals

  • WR: 24.43 Sarah Sjoestrom (SWE) 5 JUL 2014 Boras (SWE)
  • CR: 26.32 Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 26.26 Rozaliya Nasretdinova (RUS) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

Japan’s Rikako Ikee blasted a new meet record from the second semifinal, taking the top spot in the night’s first semifinal event. Her time of 26.30 broke the record by .02, but is the top seed by almost three tenths into the final.

She’ll be chased by the winner of the first semi, Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (26.59). From there, things got really tight, with spots 3 through 6 separated by just about a tenth.

Lucia Lassman of Australia and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak tied fort third at 26.80. China’s top entrant, Wang Jingzhuo, was just behind in 26.84, and the other Australian into the final is Gemma Cooney in 26.91.

Also into the top 8: Hungary’s Szonja Azokol in 27.00 and Slovakia’s Barbora Misendova in 27.02.

MEN’S 50M FREESTYLE – Semifinals

  • WR: 20.91 Cesar Cielo (BRA) 18 DEC 2009 Sao Paulo (BRA)
  • CR: 22.11 Luke Percy (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 22.00 Yu Hexin (CHN) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

Australian Kyle Chalmers and American Michael Andrew will be set up for their first head-to-head showdown in the 50 free final, after each swimmer won his respective semifinal tonight.

Chalmers is the top seed after going 22.44, and Andrew was close behind in 22.50, coming off a rough night 2 but putting up a pair of nice swims on night 3.

Also in the hunt will be Hungary’s Oszkar Lavotha, who was 22.55. Don’t sleep on Felipe de Souza, either. He’s the fast-rising Brazilian threat in this race, and was 22.67 in prelims for the fourth seed.

Turkey’s Huseyin Sakci is into the final as well, leading a very tight group in spots 5-8. He was 22.71, Russia’s Vladislav Kozlov 22.72, Italy’s Giovanni Izzi 22.74 and Brazil’s Pedro Spajari 22.76.


  • WR: 2:04.06 Melissa Franklin (USA) 3 AUG 2012 London (GBR)
  • CR: 2:09.74 Kylie Stewart (USA) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 2:07.29 Daria K Ustinova (RUS) 20 APR 2015 Moscow (RUS)

Australia’s Minna Atherton has been on a tear this week. She won her second gold medal and took down her second meet record with a 2:09.11 in the girls 200 back final.

Atherton beat China’s Liu Yaxin, who was also under the old meet record at 2:09.44, and Canada’s Taylor Ruck also snuck under the meet record from way out in lane 7, going 2:09.49. Ruck could be in line for two medals today if she can hold her place in the 100 free later on.

Canada would finish third and fourth, with Meryn McCann adding a 2:10.34 to just miss medals.

American Claire Adams came from an outside lane, going 2:10.50 for fifth. She beat out Russia’s Irina Prikhodko, who was the second finisher out of prelims and actually dropped time down to a 2:10.64 while moving back four spots.

Great Britain’s Rosie Rudin was 2:12.23 for 7th, and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai rounds out the finishers in 2:12.51.

Men’s 100M Butterfly – Final

  • WR: 49.82 Michael Phelps (USA) 1 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 52.40 Daniil Pakhomov (RUS) 26 AUG 2015 Singapore (SIN)
  • WJ: 51.33 Li Zhuhao (CHN) 7 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)

Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov continued to rule the low 52s in the 100 fly, breaking his own meet record and claiming gold with a 52.28.

That won by exactly six tenths of a second, blowing out the field. The silver medal went to Brazil’s Vinicius Lanza in 52.88, and the only other swimmer under 53 was Russia’s Daniil Antipov at 52.99. The Russians nabbed gold and bronze in this event.

Missing from the final, of course, was American Michael Andrewwho fell to 9th last night during a busy but somewhat disappointing session. Andrew’s best time would have earned him silver in this race.

Spain’s Alberto Lozano finished fourth in 53.10, with Poland’s Michal Chudy right behind in 53.25.

Brazil’s other finalist was Henrique Painhas in 53.44 – he took sixth. Italy’s giacomo Carini was seventh in 53.51, and American Ryan Hoffer fell to eighth with a 53.53


  • WR: 1:04.35 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29 JUL 2013 Barcelona (ESP)
  • CR: 1:06.61 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 1:05.21 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 10 AUG 2014 Sheffield (GBR)

Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes continues to roll towards a potential breaststroke sweep, taking the top spot out of semifinals in the girls 100 breast. Gunes, who won the 50 breast on day 2, won the second semifinal in 1:06.90, once again flirting with the Ruta Meilutyte meet record without quite breaking it.

In the other semifinal, Maria Astashkina of Russia was the top swimmer, going 1:08.30. That means that if nothing changes, Gunes should be the heavy favorite into the final.

Sweden’s Sophie Hansson was second to Astashkina in her heat, going 1:08.34 and sitting third overall. Second in Gunes’s heat was Great Britain’s Katie Matts, who is now fourth in 1:08.39.

Japan’s Runa Imai is into the medal hunt with a 1:08.69, as is Italian Giulia Verono at 1:08.97.

Japan and Russia will each get a second entrant into the final, with Yukino Miyasaka going 1:09.24 for the former and Daria Chikunova 1:09.27 for the latter.

MEN’S 50M BACKSTROKE – Semifinals

  • WR: 24.04 Liam Tancock (GBR) 2 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 25.14 Michael Andrew (USA) 27 AUG 2015 Singapore (SIN)
  • WJ: 25.09 Evgeny Rylov (RUS) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

The top three times all came out of the second semifinal in the boys 50 back, but the finalists are all bunched together very tightly heading into the final. American Michael Andrew led the way in his second swim of the night, going 25.56.

Not far behind are Egypt’s Mohamed Samy (25.61) and Canada’s Javier Acevedo (25.63).

Venezuela’s Robinson Molina won the first semifinal in 25.74 and now sits fourth into the final.

Egypt will have two medal threats, with Youssef Abdalla just a few tenths out of first at 25.75. Also into the final: Greece’s Nikolaos Sofianidis (25.78), Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez (25.84) and Russia’s Roman Larin (25.92).


  • WR: 52.07 Britta Steffen (GER) 31 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 53.95 Taylor Ruck (CAN) 26 AUG 2015 Singapore (SIN)
  • WJ: 53.84 Shen Duo (CHN) 19 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

Canada pulled off a 1-2 in the girls 100 free, led by a new meet record from rising star Taylor Ruck. Ruck, 16, broke her own meet record from prelims, set at 53.95. Her 53.92 bagged gold, and moves her to within a tenth of the junior world record held by Youth Olympic Games champ Shen Duo of China.

Ruck’s Canadian teammate Penny Oleksiak was second in 54.65, just touching out Russia’s Arina Openysheva (54.78).

Japan’s Rikako Ikee, coming off of a great 50 fly semifinal earlier in the night, added .01 to her semifinal time, winding up fourth in 54.82.

Australia’s duo of Shayna Jack and Lucy McJannett took 5th and 6th, with Jack going 55.38 and McJannett 55.39. Rounding out the A final were Japan’s Sachi Mochida (55.56) and American Stanzi Moseley (56.49).

MEN’S 800M FREESTYLE – Final Heat

  • WR: 7:32.12 Zhang Lin (CHN) 29 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 7:45.67 Mack Horton (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 7:45.67 Mack Horton (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Top seed Ernest Maksumov led early, but China’s Yang Jintong put together a furious late charge to take over the lead and win in 7:55.19. Yang needed every bit of that final lead, too, as it turned out both men were battling the top time from the morning heats, Spain’s Cesar Castro.

Yang’s time grabbed gold, and Castro’s 7:57.21 held up for silver, an impressive feat out of the morning heats. Maksumov finished second in that final heat in 7:57.40, but fell to bronze once Castro’s time was accounted for.

Australia’s Joshua Parrish, also out of the morning heats, took fourth overall in 7:57.43, just a tick away from a medal. Brazil took fifth overall with Brandonn Almeida‘s 7:59.49, the last man under eight minutes.

Hungary’s Kristof Rasovsky was 8:00.76 for sixth, and Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas‘s 8:01.60 from the early heats held up for seventh overall. Rounding out the top 8 was Greek swimmer Dimitrios Negris at 8:04.42.


  • WR: 3:23.05 United States (USA) 8 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 3:28.74 Australia (AUS) 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 3:27.02 China (CHN) 17 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

Canada pulled away with the mixed free relay title and a new meet record to close day 3, getting the best female split of the field and the second-best male split.

Taylor Ruck continued her big day, anchoring with the best female split in the pool to take home her second gold medal. Ruck split 53.69 in her third swim of the session, making her the fastest female by about seven tenths of a second. And swimming second, Markus Thormeyer came up with the second-best male split at 48.77 – he event outsplit Australian star Kyle Chalmers, who has been a sprinting force to be reckoned with so far this week.

Javier Acevedo led off in 50.42 for Canada, and 100 free silver medalist Penny Oleksiak was 54.83 as Canada went 3:27.71 to smash a full second off the meet record. They went under the officially-listed junior world record of 3:28.74 from Australia in 2013, though China should hold that record with their 3:27.02 from last summer’s Youth Olympic Games.

Australia also got under the old world record, going 3:28.59. That was thanks to a 48.89 split from Chalmers, plus the second-best female split with a 54.44 from Shayna Jack. Anchor Lucy McJannett was 54.92 and Jack Cartwright led off in 50.34 for the Aussies.

Russia finished solidly in the bronze medal slot, just two tenths behind Australia but a full second ahead of Brazil. Their female splits were both among the field’s best (Mariia Kameneva was 54.77 and Arina Openysheva 54.70) and Vladislav Kozlov led off in 49.74 as Russia went 3:28.79.

Brazil was 3:29.82, finishing just outside the medals just like they did in the men’s 4×100 free relay earlier in the week. Felipe de Souza had the best male split of the field at 48.56, but it wasn’t enough to overcome two middle-of-the-pack female splits for a medal.

The U.S. led early on Maxime Rooney‘s field-best leadoff split of 49.21 (a new lifetime-best for him), but fell back to 5th over the next three legs, finishing in 3:30.03. Italy had a similar run, sitting second after Alessandro Miressi‘s 49.36 leadoff, but falling to sixth in 3:30.57.

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5 years ago

haha that teasing with “live”-stream^^

5 years ago

Female swimmer of the meet..

Minna, Ruck or Viktoria??

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago


CT Swim Fan
Reply to  CONNOR
5 years ago

She just may be the prettiest as well.

Reply to  CT Swim Fan
5 years ago

i know its cliche but some of the russian girls might be actually prettier, e.g. nasretdinova or egorova

Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  anonymus
5 years ago

Anybody who looks passable with a cap on is a winner .

Reply to  CONNOR
5 years ago

On the boys side,, can´t know yet..

Ahead until now.. Grieshop, Pakhomov and Rooney, want to see the individual results of Chalmers and Brandonn before choosing..

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

no already decided, Andrew

Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  anonymus
5 years ago

Andrew got a special mention in a final he was Not even in . Some usurper took his silver medal but I am adding it to MA’s virtual total .

Reply to  anonymus
5 years ago

Hang of if Andrew won a virtual silver, should it be reduced to virtual bronze? Giving Li Zhihou virtual gold, because lets face it, he would have mopped the floor with everyone here (Andrew included).

Swim Enthusiast
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

All 3 are beautiful, talented & one of a kind 🙂

Swim Enthusiast
Reply to  Swim Enthusiast
5 years ago

All 3 girls are beautiful, talented & one of a kind 🙂

CT Swim Fan
5 years ago

The camera work is very bad at this meet. The constant closeups of random swimmers is very annoying. They need to keep the wide view so that the viewers can follow the race.

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