2015 FINA Junior Worlds: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2015

Women’s 50m Backstroke Heats

  • WR: 27.06 Zhao Jing (CHN) 30 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 28.14 Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 28.14 Gabrielle Fa’amausili (NZL) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Not one, but two Championship Records and two World Junior Records fell during the heats of the women’s 50m backstroke. First New Zealand’s Gabrielle Fa’amausili lowered her own meet and world marks by .05, winning the penultimate heat in 28.09. Immediately thereafter, Minna Atherton of Australia clocked a 28.00 to erase the less-than-one-minute-old records.

Canada’s Danielle Hanus went 28.32 to qualify third for semi-finals, ahead if Irina Prikhodko of Russia (28.71), USA’s Claire Adams (29.04), Caroline Pilhatsch of Austria (29.05), New Zealand’s Bobbi Gichard (29.12), and Japan’s Sakai Natsumi (29.15).

Grace Ariola (USA) and Maryna Kolesnykova of Ukraine tied for 16th place with 29.68, and will require a swim-off to move on to semi-finals.

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Women’s 50m Backstroke Swim-Off

While both Ariola and Kolesnykova improved their times in the swim-off, Ariola, who came into the meet seeded with 30.05, went 29.10 to win. Kolesnykova went 29.34, improving her original seed time by .38.

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Men’s 50m Butterfly Heats

  • WR: 22.43 Rafael Muñoz Perez (ESP) 5 APR 2009 Malaga (ESP)
  • CR: 23.61 Daniel Bell (NZL) 11 JUL 2008 Monterrey (MEX)
  • WJ: 23.61 Daniel Bell (NZL) 11 JUL 2008 Monterrey (MEX)

Australia’s Brayden McCarthy dropped 1.5 seconds to take the early lead over the field with 24.27; his time held up until the circle-seeded heats, when Bruno Blaskovic of Croatia went 24.15 to take over at the top. Andrii Khloptsov of Ukraine went 23.93 in the next heat; then USA’s Michael Andrew dropped .12 from his seed time to lead the qualifiers with 23.68.

Andrew, Khloptsov, and Blaskovic topped the leaderboard to qualify for semi-finals. They were followed by Alberto Lozano of Spain (24.24), McCarthy, Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov (24.27), Michal Chudy of Poland (24.29), and Vladislav Kozlov of Russia (24.31).

USA’s Ryan Hoffer qualified 11th in 24.57; Dries Vangoetsenhoven of Belgium was the last to qualify in 24.79. With just over a second separating the first and the 16th qualifiers, this will be a tight semi-final.

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Women’s 400m Freestyle Heats

  • WR: 3:58.37 Katie Ledecky (USA) 23 AUG 2014 Gold Coast (AUS)
  • CR: 4:06.30 Elena Sokolova (RUS) 11 JUL 2008 Monterrey (MEX)
  • WJ: 3:58.37 Katie Ledecky (USA) 23 AUG 2014 Gold Coast (AUS)

Delfina Pignatiello of Argentina kicked of the circle-seeded heats of the women’s 400m free with a big win from an outside lane; she dropped more than 4 seconds to register a 4:16.05. USA’s Hannah Cox took over, winning the next heat with 4:12.54; a total of four from that heat moved ahead of Pignatiello, who would wind up 11th overall.

In the final heat, Sierra Schmidt of USA and Australia’s Tasmin Cook traded leads, but Schmidt’s second half proved too strong and she came to the wall first with 4:09.65. Cook was second overall in 4:10.45, and Cox was third.

The rest of tonight’s final will consist of Holly Hibbott of Great Britain (4:13.05), Arina Openysheva of Russia (4:13.65), Chloe Finch of Great Britain (4:14.17), Italy’s Linda Caponi (4:14.45), and Dong Fuwei of China (4:15.11).

Taylor Ruck of Canada, who was in the last heat, failed to qualify for the final.

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Men’s 200m Breaststroke Heats

  • WR: 2:07.01 Akihiro Yamaguchi (JPN) 15 SEP 2012 Gifu (JPN)
  • CR: 2:10.75 Alexander Palatov (RUS) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 2:09.64 Anton Chupkov (RUS) 6 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)

World Junior Record-holder Anton Chupkov of Russia took down the Championship Record in prelims by a narrow .02 and led the qualifiers into tonight’s final with 2:10.73. Matthew Wilson of Australia was in the lane next door, and he had an excellent swim as well. Wilson was leading at the 100, and finished second in the heat, and second overall, with 2:12.36, his best by .47.

USA’s Reece Whitley won his heat by about two body lengths, with 2:12.98. No one else from that heat qualified for the final. Miyamoto Ippei of Japan, who had won the previous heat with 2:13.27, posted the fourth-fastest time of the morning.

The rest of the championship final will be composed of Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy (2:13.89), USA’s Chandler Bray (2:14.13), Great Britain’s Charlie Attwood (2:14.48), and Christopher Rothbauer of Austria (2:15.34).

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Women’s 200m Individual Medley Heats

  • WR: 2:06.12 Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 3 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 2:12.32 Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 2:11.46 Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (TUR) 2 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)

Viktoria Zeynep Gunes of Turkey led the field of qualifiers for tonight’s final of the women’s 200m IM thanks in large part to her strong second half. Gunes was fifth in her heat at the back-to-breast turn, but her breaststroke split (which was faster than her backstroke) propelled her into first place, where she stayed until the final touch. Gunes qualified with 2:12.52, about 1.1 off her seed time.

Mary-Sophie Harvey of Canada was second in that heat with 2:13.87, and will be in lane 5 for tonight’s final. Third through was Makino Hiroko of Japan in 2:14.31, exactly 1/100 faster than Georgia Coates of Great Britain.

Ilaria Cusinato of Italy went 2:14.49 for the fifth-fastest time overall. Imai Runa of Japan qualified sixth in 2:14.77. Tatum Wade of Team USA went 2:14.86 for seventh, and her teammate Brooke Forde squeaked into the final with 2:15.10, just .03 ahead of Spain’s Africa Zamorano.

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Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats

  • WR: 6:58.55 United States (USA) 31 JUL 2009 Rome (ITA)
  • CR: 7:15.36 Great Britain (GBR) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 7:15.36 Great Britain (GBR) 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

Australia won the first heat of the 4×200 free relay with a 7:22.48 from Samuel Young (1:51.80), Clyde Lewis (1:49.29, Mitchell Davenport-Wright (1:51.70) and Joshua Parrish (1:49.49). Canada was second in the heat with 7:25.68; Germany, third in 7:26.71, a mere .09 in front of China.

The second heat had much more drama; Brazil took it out with a 1:49.31 from Giovanny Lima, and kept the lead through the 300. Russia was second at the 200, Spain was third, and USA was fourth. Sean Grieshop pulled the Americans within 1/100 of Brazil on the third leg, and Austin Katz outsplit Victor Furtado over the final 200. However, Spain’s Cesar Castro passed them both, moving his team into the winning position with 7:24.15.

The final will consist of Australia (7:22.48), Spain (7:24.15), USA (7:25.14), Brazil (7:25.28), Russia (7:25.53), Canada (7:25.68), Germany (7:26.71), and China (7:26.80).

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Hulk Swim
5 years ago

Looking forward to this Chupkov, Reese and Wilson battle in the 200 Breast.

5 years ago

Another near WJR for MA in 50 Fly.

Reply to  Anonymous
5 years ago

The Jr wr is 23,28 by sedov. Don’t know why the Jr worlds is showing the wjr as 23,61

bobo gigi
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Rafael, looks like a lot of real world junior records are not the official world records. Many of them are not ratified by FINA. Maybe a doping control reason. No idea.

5 years ago

New PB for MA , 23.68 for 50 fly . Would love to see him medal in all the 50s !

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