2018 Youth Olympic Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


Day 4 finals of the Youth Olympic Games will be another jam packed session with a total of seven finals and a pair of semi-final rounds. Follow along for live results below.

Men’s 50 Free Final

  1. Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 22.33
  2. Daniil Markov, RUS, 22.37
  3. Abdelrahman Sameh, EGY, 22.43

Italian Thomas Ceccon dropped his personal best from the semis by another two-tenths to steal the gold from Russian Daniil Markov, pulling off the upset in 22.33 to give himself a complete set of medals. This gold adds to the silver he won in the 200 IM and the bronze he won in the 100 back.

Markov, who led the semis in a new personal best of 22.30, was just .04 back to take silver in 22.37, and Egypt’s Abdelrahman Sameh improved his semi time by .05 for bronze in 22.43. Andre Luiz Calvelo de Souza was 4th in 22.57, and Sweden’s Bjoern Seeliger, the 2018 European Junior champ, was 5th in 22.77.

Women’s 50 Back Semi-Finals

  1. Kaylee McKeown, AUS, 28.14
  2. Daria Vaskina, RUS, 28.24
  3. Rhyan White, USA, 28.62
  4. Madison Broad, CAN, 28.78
  5. Lila Touili, FRA, 28.80
  6. Diana Nazarova, KAZ, 28.86
  7. Fernanda Goeij, BRA, 28.91
  8. Tamara Frias Molina, ESP, 28.93

Australian Kaylee McKeown and Russian Daria Vaskina really asserted themselves as the two swimmers with a gold medal chance tomorrow night in the women’s 50 back semis, going 1-2 in the second semi final in 28.14 and 28.24 to sit four-tenths clear of the rest of the field. McKeown, who was 28.17 in the prelims, comes just .04 outside of her PB of 28.10, while Vaskina has been as fast as 27.90 from when she won the Euro Junior title earlier this year.

American Rhyan White won the first semi-final in 28.62 for the 3rd seed, just off her best from the heats of 28.46, and Canadian Madison Broad was just .06 off of her best time for the 4th seed in 28.78. After only five did it this morning, all eight qualifiers were under 29 seconds tonight.

Men’s 200 Breast Final

  1. Yu Hanaguruma, JPN, 2:11.63
  2. Savvas Thomoglou, GRE, 2:13.62
  3. Jan Kalusowski, POL, 2:13.72

Yu Hanaguruma looks to be well on his way to becoming the next great Japanese breaststroker, winning the 200 title here in Buenos Aires in dominant fashion by nearly two seconds.

4th at the 50, Hanaguruma quickly moved into the lead with back-to-back splits of 33.24 and 33.61 over the middle 100 to open up a 1.5 second lead on Caspar Corbeau of the Netherlands, and extended that advantage coming home to touch in 2:11.63. That improves his previous best of 2:12.28 (on record) from the 2017 World Juniors where he placed 5th.

Corbeau, who held onto 2nd through the 150, faded on the last length and was overtaken by Savvas Thomoglou of Greece and Jan Kalusowski of Poland as they won silver and bronze in 2:13.62 and 2:13.72 respectively. The swim for Thomoglou was a new personal best, while Kalusowski was just off his 2:13.45 from those European Juniors in Helsinki where he won silver. Corbeau, the bronze medalist there, ended up 4th in 2:14.28.

Women’s 50 Fly Final

  1. Sara Junevik, SWE, 26.40
  2. Anastasiya Shkurdai, BLR, 26.62
  3. Polina Egorova, RUS / Angelina Köhler, GER, 26.68

Just like how Hanaguruma is following the path carved for him by so many great Japanese breaststrokers, Sara Junevik looks to be following the footsteps of Swedish superstar Sarah Sjostrom, as she wins gold in the women’s 50 fly over a tightly contested field in 26.40. Junevik holds a best of 26.18 from the 2017 World Juniors where she was the silver medalist.

Belarusian Anastasiya Shkurdai, who holds a best of 26.35 and is the reigning European Junior champion, was slightly quicker than the semis where she had a share of the top time, but it wasn’t enough to eclipse Junevik as she takes silver in 26.62. German Angelina Köhler, who tied Shkurdai with the top time in the semis in 26.65, had another tie tonight for bronze with Russia’s Polina Egorova in 26.68.

Men’s 50 Back Final

  1. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 24.40
  2. Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 25.27
  3. Tomoe Hvas, NOR, 25.28

Kliment Kolesnikov continued his descent through the rounds of the men’s 50 back, going 24.7, 24.5 and now 24.40 to win gold by close to nine-tenths of a second. Kolesnikov now has two individual and four gold medals overall, also winning the 100 back and both the mixed and men’s 400 free relay.

Thomas Ceccon continues to ride this wave of momentum he’s on as he comes in and snatches the silver from Norwegian Tomoe Hvas, improving his semi-final swim by seven-tenths to get down to 25.27 and take out his previous best of 25.45. Hvas, who looked like a sure bet for silver after he went 25.12 in the semis, settles for bronze in 25.28.

Women’s 100 Breast Final

  1. Anastasia Makarova, RUS, 1:07.88
  2. Niamh Coyne, IRL, 1:08.90
  3. Kotryna Teterevkova, LTU, 1:08.95

In true Yuliya Efimova form, Russia’s Anastasia Makarova moved up from 5th at the turn to win gold in the women’s 100 breaststroke, closing close to a second faster than anyone in 34.90 for a final time of 1:07.88.

Niamh Coyne of Ireland was even further back than Makarova at the 50, turning in 33.10, but was 2nd-fastest closing in 35.80 to sneak by the early leaders and take silver in 1:08.90.

Her countrymate Mona McSharry, the 2017 World Junior champion, was aggressive with the fastest opening split (31.90), but ended up fading with the slowest closing 50 (37.07) and fell to 4th in 1:08.97, with European Junior champion Kotryna Teterevkova of Lithuania slipping in for bronze in 1:08.95.

Men’s 50 Fly Semi-Finals

  1. Thomas Ceccon, ITA, 23.46
  2. Andrei Minakov, RUS, 23.47
  3. Daniil Markov, RUS, 23.77
  4. Kristof Milak, HUN, 23.84
  5. Tomoe Hvas, NOR, 24.07
  6. Abdelrahman Sameh, EGY, 24.15
  7. Shen Jiahao, CHN / Federico Burdisso, ITA, 24.29

Thomas Ceccon, already two medals and two personal bests deep for the session, threw down a third in the semi-finals of the men’s 50 fly, out-touching Andrei Minakov for the win in semi-final 2 in a time of 23.46. That improves his previous best of 23.66, and gives him the top seed for tomorrow’s final. He’s now just 0.23 outside of the Italian National Record.

Minakov also set a PB to take 2nd in the semi and overall in 23.47, and his Russian teammate Daniil Markov tied his all-time best for 3rd in 23.77. Hungarian Kristof Milak won the first semi for the 4th seed overall in 23.84.

Women’s 200 Free Final

  1. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 1:57.88
  2. Yang Junxuan, CHN, 1:58.05
  3. Barbora Seemanova, CZE, 1:58.25

Ajna Kesely of Hungary held a slight lead over China’s Yang Junxuan for the entire duration of the women’s 200 free final, and managed to hold her at the bay all the way to the finish to win gold in a time of 1:57.88. That’s Kesely’s second gold of the meet after also winning the 800 free, and gets her to the top of the podium in this event after two very close runner-up finishes at the 2017 World Juniors and 2018 European Juniors.

Yang had near identical splits to Kesely on all four 50s, finishing less than two-tenths back for silver in 1:58.05, and last night’s 100 freestyle champion Barbora Seemanova made up ground on both swimmers on the last 50 but ran out of room and settled for 3rd in 1:58.25, just a tenth off her PB. Germany’s Julia Mrozinski had her second best time of the day to take 4th in 1:58.84, her first time sub-2:00 after going 2:00.00 this morning.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay Final

  1. Russia, 3:35.17
  2. China, 3:38.65
  3. Poland, 3:41.51

The deadly Russian quartet of Kliment Kolesnikov (53.34), Vladislav Gerasimenko (1:01.50), Andrei Minakov (51.14) and Daniil Markov (49.19) combined to obliterate the field in the men’s 400 medley relay, breaking the World Junior Record in the process in a time of 3:35.17. That erases the previous mark of 3:35.24 set by Italy at the 2017 European Juniors.

Kolesnikov gave them a big lead on the lead-off, 2.45 seconds clear of anyone else, and they never looked back from there. China had a monster breaststroke leg from individual gold medalist Sun Jiajun (1:00.12) which put them in 2nd, and they maintained that spot with solid closing legs from Shen Jiahao (52.65) and Hong Jinquan (50.06) for a final time of 3:38.65.

Poland had three solid legs heading into the freestyle, including a 52.00 on fly from Jakub Majerski, and won bronze in 3:41.51 with Hungary 4th in 3:43.60. Kristof Milak was 51.87 on fly for them.

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5 years ago

Sweden have had several other female world record holders in the 50m fly (LCM and SCM). The two most recently preceding Sarah Sjostrom was Anna-Karin Kammerling (who set 7 world records in the 50 fly) and Therese Alshammar who held the LCM record prior to Sarah lowering it in 2014 and she is the current scm world record holder (not sure how many world records Therese lowered). For the majority of the last 18-20 years a Swedish female swimmer have held the world record in the 50m fly.

5 years ago

too bad I couldn’t see the race last evening.
Impressive performance by Ceccon, 3 PB in row in the same night plus a 100 brest (not incredible but..) in the 4×100 medley.

5 years ago

Super Thomas Ceccon!
Exciting things to come in the future in a wide range of events for him.
He’s building the raw speed nearly at an Andrew’s level but Ceccon is far stronger than Andrew in the second 50.
Come 2020, Ceccon’s 100 free could become lethal.

Reply to  nuotofan
5 years ago

He is really reminding me of Alice Tait (Mills).

She had world class 50s (world medal level), a great 100fr/fly (While Ceccon looks more fr/bk) and while her 200 strokes never reached the creme de la creme, she could put together a filthy 200IM (world medal again – The same year she won a 50fr medal).

5 years ago

Any update on 800 Free

Reply to  Coach
5 years ago

Who do you think will win this one?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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