2017 World Junior C’ships: Japan Makes Its Medal Mark On Night 1


Through the first day of the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, Japan has taken the early lead in overall medals, courtesy of a 1-2 punch in the women’s 400m IM. In that event alone, Japan got on the board by way of Miku Kojima and Anna Sasaki who earned respective gold and silver, while Serbia also landed on the podium with Anja Crevar earning bronze.

Two Americans medaled in the men’s 40om freestyle event, as Andrew Abruzzo took gold with teammate Trey Freeman wrangling up bronze. Splitting them was Balazs Hollo of Hungary who earned 400m free silver as 1 of 2 medals the nation registered on night 1. Hungary’s gold came with a commanding win in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, anchored by Nandor Nemeth‘s quick 48.24 split.

Team USA was rendered medal-less across both the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay and the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay where each squad finished 4th.

The Canadian women absolutely smashed the World Junior Record in the 4×200 freestyle relay, with 2 impressive splits by key talents Penny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck. Oleksiak, who tied American Simone Manuel for Olympic gold in the 100m freestyle individual event in Rio, clocked 1:56.86, while Ruck registered 1:56.94 to help the Canadians crush a new WJR mark of 7:51.47 and enter the medal table with a gold.

The fastest split of the field came from Japan’s Rikako Ikee, with the teen checking in with a monster 1:56.54 to help give Japan an edge for bronze, its 3rd medal of the evening.

Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
Japan 1 1 1 3
USA 1 1 2
Hungary 1 1 2
Canada 1 1
Poland 1 1
Russia 1 1
Australia 1 1
Serbia 1 1

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