2015 FINA Junior World Championships: Day 6 Finals Live Recap



  • WR: 46.91 Cesar Cielo (BRA) 30 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 48.25 Matheus De Santana (BRA) 22 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)
  • CR: 48.87 Pedro Spajari (BRA) 28 AUG 2015 Singapore (SIN)

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In one of the most anticipated races of the meet, 2 men hit the Championship Record mark in a heated battle for gold. At the 50, Australi’s Kyle Chalmers was in 2nd place. But he powered through the back half in 24.91 to claim victory and a new Championship Record of 48.47.

He had company under 49, as the USA’s Maxime Rooney clocked a new best time of 48.87. That tied the previous record, which was set by Brazil’s Pedro Spajari in semifinals. Spajari faded to 4th in the final with a 49.56, but his teammate Felipe Souza picked up the bronze medal in 49.30.

The Italian’s grabbed 5th and 8th with Alessandro Miressi (49.61) and Alessandro Bori (50.16). Canada’s Markus Thormeyer was 6th in 49.76. Robert Glinta (49.87), who led at the 50, finished in 7th.


  • WR: 2:19.11 Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN) 1 AUG 2013 Barcelona (ESP)
  • WJ: 2:22.66 Viktoria Gunes (TUR) 5 JUL 2015 Vichy (FRA)
  • CR: 2:23.12 Viktoriya Solntseva (UKR) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

In the finals of the women’s 200 breast, Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes put on a performance that was perhaps the most impressive swim of the entire meet. Gunes came in as the Junior World Record holder at 2:22.66. She obliterated that time tonight with a 2:19.64, closing in on Rikke Moeller Pedersen’s World Record of 2:19.11.

That was a new Junior World Record and Championship Record for Gunes, who finished almost 5 seconds ahead of anybody else. Russia went 2-3 with Mariia Astashkina‘s 2:24.57 and Sofia Andreeva‘s 2:24.88.

Japan’s Runa Imai was 4th in 2:25.52, with her teammate Yukino Miyasaka (2:29.50) finishing 8th. Italy’s Giulia Verona was 5th with a 2:25.90. Behind her was Britain’s Katie Matts (2:27.41) and Georgia Coates (2:28.31).

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  • WR: 1:51.92 Aaron Piersol (USA) 31 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 1:56.79 Li Guangyuan (CHN) 7 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 1:57.92 Luca Mencarini (RUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez powered through the final 50 meters to win the men’s 200 back in 1:58.11. Gonzales outsplit the field with a 29.20 to overcome the Americans at the finish. Team USA held on for 2nd and 3rd by Michael Taylor (1:58.39) and Austin Katz (1:58.51).

Surprisingly, Britain’s Luke Greenbank (1:58.74) missed the medals after being the favorite coming into the meet. He was 4th ahead of Italy’s Jacopo Bietti (1:59.58).

Rounding out the top 8 was Australia’s Tristan Ludlow (2:00.01), Poland’s Jakub Skierka (2:00.57), and Russia’s Roman Larin (2:01.12).

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  • WR: 55.64 Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 3 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • WJ: 56.61 Xinyi Chen (CHN) 23 SEP 2014 Incheon (KOR)
  • CR: 58.34 Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

In a new Championship Record time of 58.28, Japan’s Rikako Ikee picked up yet another gold in the women’s 100 fly final. Canada’s Penny Oleksiak again took the silver behind her in an impressive 58.50. Australia’s Gemma Cooney rounded out the top 3 in 58.98.

Just missing the podium was USA’s Cassidy Bayer, who finished 4th in 59.04. Australia’s Lucia Lassman came in a half second behind in 59.53 for 5th.

Tying for 6th in 59.74 was Hungary’s Szonja Szokol and Russia’s Polina Egorova. China’s Jingzhuo Wang swam to 8th, touching at 1:00.04.

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  • WR: 14:31.02 Sun Yang (CHN) 4 AUG 2012 London (GBR)
  • WJ: 14:48.76 Mack Horton (AUS) 29 JUL 2014 Glasgow (SCT)
  • CR: 14:56.60 Mack Horton (AUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Less than 1.5 seconds separated 1st through 3rd in the men’s 1500 free final. Through 1400 meters, Team USA’s Taylor Abbott held the lead over Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida. With a final 50 split of 27.83, Almeida overtook Abbott for the gold, 15:15.88 to 15:16.35.

Spain’s Cesar Castro took the bronze in 15:17.10. Greece’s Dimitrios Negris (15:18.74) was also under 15:20, landing him 5th overall. Australia’s Joshua Parrish was behind him for 6th, swimming to a 15:21.15.

China’s Qiu Ziao just missed the medals, with a 4th place 15:17.54 from the prelims heats. Hungary’s Kristof Rasovszky (15:24.91) and South Africa’s Matthew Meyer (15:25.76) also made it into the top 8 from the prelims heats at 7th and 8th.

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  • WR: 23.73 Britta Steffen (GER) 2 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 24.87 Chen Zinyi (CHN) 26 SEP 2014 Incheon (KOR)
  • CR: 25.02 Rozaliya Nasretdinova (RUS) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Russia topped the women’s 50 free with Mariia Kameneva just missing the Championship Record in 25.12. She barely touched out Japan’s Rikako Ikee (25.19), who grabbed silver in a thrilling race to the finish. Close behind for bronze in 25.24 was Australia’s Shayna Jack.

Kameneva’s teammate Daria Ustinova narrowly missed the top 3 after leading through prelims and semis. She hit the wall in 25.39, good enough for 4th ahead of China’s Yuting Tang and Hungary’s Flora Molnar. Tang and Molnar tied for 5th in 25.59.

The Americans rounded out the final, taking 7th and 8th. Ashley Volpenhein hit the wall in 25.68, while teammate Lauren Pitzer clocked a 25.93.

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  • WR: 1:51.51 Michael Phelps (USA) 29 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 1:55.92 Andrew Seliskar (USA) 27 AUG 2014 Maui (USA)
  • CR: 1:56.42 Andrew Seliskar (USA) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

It came down to the touch in the men’s 200 fly between Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov and Japan’s Nao Horomura. Pakhomov led through the 150, but Horomura outsplit him 30.54 to 31.89 on the final 50 to take the win. Horomura’s winning time of 1:56.80 was just a tenth faster than Pakhomov’s 1:56.93.

Picking up the bronze medal was team USA’s Mike Thomas in 1:57.63. His teammate Zach Harting (1:59.42) was 5th. Italy’s Giacomo Carini finished between them, 4th in 1:58.04.

Bulgaria’s Antani Ivanov (1:59.93) was also under 2:00 to take 6th. Hungary’s Mark Tekauer (2:00.51) and New Zealand’s Wilrich Coetzee (2:00.62) were neck and neck for 7th and 8th.

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  • WR: 26.42 Adam Peaty (GBR) 4 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • WJ: 27.74 Peter John Stevens (SLO) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • CR: 27.74 Peter John Stevens (SLO) 30 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas beat out a loaded 50 breast field, claiming victory in 27.99. Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi narrowly missed breaking 28 seconds, winning silver with a 28.03. Croatia’s Nikola Obrovac earned bronze with his 28.11.

Just missing the podium was China’s Hao Shen with a 28.18. A tenth behind, Britain’s Charlie Attwood recorded a 28.28 for 5th place. USA’s Reece Whitley posted a 28.33 for 6th behind Attwood. His teammate, Michael Andrew, came in 8th with a 28.44.

Anton Chupkov, who had a chance to sweep the breaststroke events at this meet, wound up in 7th between the 2 Americans. His 28.41 was the slowest he’s been through all 3 rounds. He was 28.19 in prelims and 28.33 in semis.

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  • WR: 1:52.98 Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 29 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 1:55.16 Katie Ledecky (USA) 07 AUG 2014 Irvine (USA)
  • CR: 1:58.16 Tamsin Cook (AUS) 25 AUG 2015 Singapore (SIN)

In the final individual event of the meet, Canada’s Taylor Ruck dropped a new best time to win the event and set a new Championship Record. Ruck’s 1:57.87 beat out the 1:58.16 set by Tamsin Cook on Australia’s 4×200 free relay. That was a 1.5 second drop from her best time of 1:59.34 from prelims.

Behind Ruck, Russia’s Arina Openysheva finished 2nd in 1:58.28. Exactly 1 second behind, USA’s Hannah Cox (1:59.28) earned the bronze medal. She narrowly beat out Japan’s Sachi Mochida, who took 4th in 1:59.39.

Italy’s Rachele Ceracchi (2:01.09) won a close race with Britain’s Holly Hibbott (2:01.29) to finish 5th and 6th. Russia’s Daria Mullakaeva was 7th in 2:01.45, ahead of 8th place Rafaela Raurich (2:01.89) from Brazil.

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  • WR: 3:27.28 United States (USA) 2 AUG 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • WJ: 3:38.02 Russia (RUS) 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)
  • CR: 3:38.13 Japan (JPN) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

In an exciting race that saw 2 teams under the previous Junior World and Championship Records, Russia took the gold in the men’s 4×100 medley relay. Roman Larin (55.50), Anton Chupkov (59.84), Daniil Pakhomov (51.74), and Vladislav Kozlov (49.36) combined for a 3:36.44. That smashed the old record set by Russia in 2014 at 3:38.02.

Team USA was also under that old record, with a 3:37.51 to take silver. Michael Taylor led off with a 55.39, but Russia moved ahead on the middle 200 despite solid performances from Reece Whitley (1:00.92) and Michael Andrew (52.75). Maxime Rooney anchored that relay in 48.55.

Australia picked up the bronze in 3:40.21, capitalizing off a 48.38 anchor from Kyle Chalmers. Brazil’s Pedro Spajari anchored their 4th place relay in 49.44. Spain took 5th after Hugo Gonzalez posted the fastest backstroke split of the field in 54.81.

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  • WR: 3:52.05 United States (USA) 4 AUG 2012 London (GBR)
  • WJ: 4:03.22 Russia (RUS) 25 JUN 2015 Baku (AZE)
  • CR: 4:04.48 Russia (RUS) 31 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

3 teams were under the previous Junior World Record in the 4×100 medley relay, with the Russian women crushing the field to take gold. Irina Prikhodko (1:00.77), Mariia Astashkina (1:07.65), Polina Egorova (58.36), and Mariia Kameneva (54.27) smoked the old record of 4:03.22, also done by Russia earlier this year, with a 4:01.05.

Australia swam to 2nd place in 4:02.42, with a stellar 59.61 backstroke leg by Minna Atherton and a 54.50 anchor by Shayna Jack. Japan (4:03.10) was 3rd to take the bronze with Rikako Ikee splitting a 58.07 100 fly.

Team USA was under the old Championship Record. Claire Adams (1:00.73), Kennedy Lohmann (1:08.97), Cassidy Bayer (58.84), and Lauren Pitzer (55.36) claimed 4th in 4:03.90. They were just ahead of Canada (4:04.51), who had a 58.21 fly split out of Penny Oleksiak and a 55.34 anchor from Taylor Ruck.

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5 years ago

Woah. Chalmers in 48.47!!

Go Aussie
5 years ago

Go Kyle! That was a pretty big margin for a sprint race- never in doubt!

5 years ago

And Rooney 48.87! A PB! For 2nd

Reply to  Zanna
5 years ago

Hooray! Another US athlete under 49 in the 100 free! We aren’t exactly “swimming” in them (pun intended)! I would have to say Rooney has been the most impressive US male performer in Singapore. Hopefully this meet will really give him confidence and enthusiasm to put into his training in ’16!

Reply to  Danjohnrob
5 years ago

Agreed! He is my favorite US swimmer in this meet. And he seems dependable and consistent.

Reply to  Danjohnrob
5 years ago

Maybe he should avoid to focus on scy next year. After adrian the 100 is very open on us. He may get an individual spot

Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

I’m in agreement with Bobo that it might not be a bad idea for some US athletes to skip NCAA competition next year; however, each situation is unique, and at least Rooney is going to a University (Florida) where they train lots of LCM all year and their coach has a great track record for getting swimmers on the Olympic team. Hopefully things will turn out well for Maxime…

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

Thanks, Lauren! I didn’t know that, and it makes Rooney’s performance in Singapore even more impressive!

5 years ago

9th Australian Age Group Record for Chalmers in freestyle events. 😀

5 years ago

gunes will beat the wc winning time

5 years ago

crazy time by gunes !!!!!! 2.19.64!!

5 years ago

Wow 2.19.64 for fines!!! Talk about fast

Reply to  Verram
5 years ago

Incredible time !! The one cautionary note is that it was straight heats to final here whereas it’s three rounds in Rio. She was unable to replicate heats to semis in Kazan.

Not taking anything away from the performance though, its clearly sent out a message to the rest of the breaststroke “sorority”.

5 years ago

Viktoria smoked it!

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