2019 FINA World Junior Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2019

  • 50-Meter Course
  • Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
  • Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
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  • FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
  • Live results

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Day Three Finals heat sheets

Before we begin the finals/semi-finals of Day 3 we’ve got a swim-off for 1st reservist in men’s 50 back. Zac Dell of New Zealand edged Ty Hartwell of Australia, 25.72 to 26.19. They had both gone 26.15 in heats to tie for 17th place.

Women’s 50m Butterfly – Semi-finals

  • WR: 24.43 Sarah SJOESTROEM SWE 5 JUL 2014 Boras (SWE)
  • CR: 25.46 Rikako IKEE JPN 26 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • WJR: 25.46 Rikako IKEE JPN 26 AUG 2017 Indianapolis (USA)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Anastasiya SHKURDAI BLR 25.85
  2. Claire CURZAN USA 26.07
  3. Torri HUSKE USA 26.24
  4. Naele PORTECOP FRA 26.40
  5. Miriam SHEEHAN PUR 26.74
  6. Helena BIASIBETTI ITA 26.75
  7. Athena MENESES KOVACS MEX 26.78
  8. Costanza COCCONCELLI ITA 26.87

The first semi-final went to USA’s Claire Curzan in 26.07 over teammate Torri Huske (26.24) and Italy’s Helena Biasibetti (26.75).

Belarus’s Anastasiya Shkurdai dominated the second semi-final, going 25.85, .35 faster than in heats this morning. About a half-body length behind her was France’s Naele Portecop (26.40), followed by Puerto Rico’s Miriam Sheehan (26.74).

Men’s 50m Freestyle – Semi-finals

  • WR: 20.91 Cesar CIELO FILHO BRA 18 DEC 2009 Sao Paulo (BRA)
  • =CR: 21.75 Michael ANDREW USA 26 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • CR: 21.75 Michael ANDREW USA 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • =WJR: 21.75 Michael ANDREW USA 26 AUG 2017 Indianapolis (USA)
  • WJR: 21.75 Michael ANDREW USA 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis (USA)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. David CURTISS USA 21.95
  2. Vladyslav BUKHOV UKR 22.09
  3. Jonathan Eu Jin TAN SGP 22.47
  4. Adam CHANEY USA 22.49
  5. Michael PICKETT NZL 22.51
  6. Robin HANSON SWE 22.65
  7. Illia LINNYK UKR 22.68
  8. Mikkel LEE SGP 22.80

Vladyslav Bukhov of Ukraine went 22.09 in the first semi-final to lead the way over USA’s Adam Chaney (22.49) and Michael Pinkett of New Zealand (22.51).

USA’s David Curtiss fired off a monster 21.95, dipping under 22 seconds for the first time and coming within 2/10 of Michael Andrew’s meet record. Jonathan Eu Jin Tan of Singapore was second in the heat with 22.47, while Sweden’s Robin Hanson took third with 22.65.

Curtiss is only the third 17-18 American boy to break 22 seconds, joining Caeleb Dressel and Andrew.

Women’s 200m Backstroke – Final

  • WR: 2:03.35 Regan SMITH USA 26 JUL 2019 Gwangju (KOR)
  • CR: 2:07.45 Regan SMITH USA 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • WJR: 2:03.35 Regan SMITH USA 26 JUL 2019 Gwangju (KOR)


  1. Jade HANNAH CAN 2:09.28
  2. Lena GRABOWSKI AUT 2:10.27
  3. Erika GAETANI ITA 2:10.52

After winning the 100 back earlier in the week, Canada’s Jade Hannah added a second gold medal with a 2:09.28 in the 200 back. Hannah led from start to finish. She was out in sub-record pace but fell off at the end. She split 29.70-32.05-33.45-34.08 for the win, coming to the wall nearly a body length ahead of the field.

Austria’s Lena Grabowski took the silver medal with 2:10.27. Italy’s Erika Gaetani was third in 2:10.52. Natalie Mannion of USA had been third at the 100 but fell off pace and finished sixth with 2:12.26.

Eszter Szabo-Feltothy of Hungary was fourth (2:10.92), followed by Australia’s Tahlia Thornton (2:12.01), Mannion, Zuzanna Herasimowicz of Poland (2:13.15), and Aviv Barzelay of Israel (2:14.37).

Men’s 100m Butterfly – Final

  • WR: 49.50 Caeleb DRESSEL USA 26 JUL 2019 Gwangju (KOR)
  • CR: 51.08 Kristof MILAK HUN 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • WJR: 50.62 Kristof MILAK HUN 29 JUL 2017 Budapest (HUN)


  1. Andrei MINAKOV RUS 51.25
  2. Federico BURDISSO ITA 51.83
  3. Egor PAVLOV RUS 51.90

It was an exciting final in the men’s 100 fly. Bulgaria’s Josif Miladinov took it out first from lane 5, turning at 23.66, .13 ahead of top-seeded Andrei Minakov of Russia in lane 4. Minakov came home in 27.46, though, posting the fastest second half in the final. He touched in 51.25 for the gold.

Federico Burdisso of Italy ended up with the silver medal, coming from third at the 50 to second overall with 51.83. Egor Pavlov of Russia passed Miladinov over the last 15 meters to take the bronze with 51.90. Miladinov took fourth in 51.96.

The rest of the final was made up of Bernardo Bondra of Brazil (52.37), Blake Manoff of USA (52.49), Joshua Liendo Edwards of Canada (52.51), and Germany’s Bjorn Kamman (52.71).

Women’s 100m Breaststroke – Semi-finals

  • WR: 1:04.13 Lilly KING USA 25 JUL 2017 Budapest (HUN)
  • CR: 1:06.61 Ruta MEILUTYTE LTU 29 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJR: 1:05.39 Ruta MEILUTYTE LTU 20 AUG 2014 Nanjing (CHN)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Kayla van der MERWE GBR 1:07.17
  2. Evgeniia CHIKUNOVA RUS 1:07.18
  3. Anastasia MAKAROVA RUS 1:07.64
  4. Kaitlyn DOBLER USA 1:08.29
  5. Eszter BEKESI HUN 1:08.34
  6. Kotryna TETEREVKOVA LTU 1:08.45
  7. Benedetta PILATO ITA 1:08.46
  8. Ellie ANDREWS USA 1:08.52

Evgeniia Chikunova of Russia claimed the victory in the first semi-final, stopping the clock in 1:07.18, a full second ahead of the field. Kaitlyn Dobler of USA was second in 1:09.29. She out-touched Hungary’s Eszter Bekesi (1:08.34) and Ellie Andrews of USA (1:08.52).

Italy’s Benedetta Pilato was out first in semi-final 2, turning at the 50 in 31.33. The second half belonged to Great Britain’s Kayla van der Merwe. She won with 1:07.17. Russia’s Anastasia Makarova was second in 1:07.64. Third went to Kotryna Teterevkova of Lithuania (1:08.45); she was .01 ahead of Pilato.

Men’s 50m Backstroke – Semi-finals

  • WR: 24.00 Kliment KOLESNIKOV RUS 4 AUG 2018 Glasgow (GBR)
  • =CR: 24.63 Michael ANDREW USA 26 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • CR: 24.63 Michael ANDREW USA 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • WJR: 24.00 Kliment KOLESNIKOV RUS 4 AUG 2018 Glasgow (GBR)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Wyatt DAVIS USA 25.16
  2. Thomas CECCON ITA 25.20
  3. Jan CEJKA CZE 25.22
  4. Nikolay ZUEV RUS 25.44
  5. Srihari NATARAJ IND 25.52
  6. Adam CHANEY USA 25.60
  7. Krzysztof RADZISZEWSKI POL 25.61
  8. Pavel SAMUSENKO RUS 25.62

USA’s Wyatt Davis won semi-final 1 with 25.16, his best time by .30. Nikolay Zuev of Russia was second with 25.44, followed by USA’s Adam Chaney (25.60) and Russia’s Pavel Samusenko (25.62).

The second semi-final went to Italy’s Thomas Ceccon with 25.20, .02 ahead of Czech Republic’s Jan Cejka (25.22). Srihari Nataraj of India was third in 25.52.

Women’s 100m Freestyle – Final

  • WR: 51.71 Sarah SJOESTROEM SWE 23 JUL 2017 Budapest (HUN)
  • CR: 53.63 Taylor RUCK CAN 27 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • WJR: 52.70 Penny OLEKSIAK CAN 11 AUG 2016 Rio de Janeiro (BRA)


  1. Gretchen WALSH USA 53.74
  2. Torri HUSKE USA 54.54
  3. Meg HARRIS AUS 54.58

Gretchen Walsh dominated the 100 free final from start to finish. She touched in 53.74, narrowly missing Taylor Ruck’s Championship Record of 53.63 from 2017. Walsh was out in 25.57, .6 faster than Ruck, and came home with 28.17.

Torri Huske, also of the USA, took silver with 54.54. Huske was fifth at the halfway point with 25.54, but she came home in 28.29 and passed Australia’s Meg Harris, South Africa’s Aimee Canny, and Russia’s Ekaterina Nikonova.

Harris claimed the bronze with 54.58. Behind her were teammate Mollie O’Callaghan (54.84), Canny (54.93), Nikonova (55.19), Japan’s Nagisa Ikemoto (55.30), and Germany’s Zoe Vogelmann (55.39).

Men’s 800m Freestyle – fastest 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)
  • WJR: 7:45.67 BEST TIME 28 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)


  1. Franko GRGIC CRO 7:45.92
  2. Ilia SIBIRTSEV RUS 7:48.05
  3. Thomas NEILL AUS 7:48.65

It was a wire-to-wire win for Croatia’s Franko Grgic in the men’s 800 free. Swimming in lane 3, he took it out quickly and was under World Junior Record pace for the first 150 meters. Although he fell off that pace, he never let up and maintained a steady lead throughout the race. The 16-year-old came into the meet seeded third with 7:53.75 and dropped 7.8 seconds to win in 7:45.92. Grgic was only .25 shy of Mack Horton’s Championship Record of 7:45.67 with his final time.

Australia’s Thomas Neill was in second place at the 200 wall, but Russia’s Ilia Sibirtsev moved past him at the 250. Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui moved into third place at the 350. Aleksandr Egorov of Russia, the top seed coming into the event, was challenging Sibirtsev, Hafnaoui, and Neill at the halfway point. From then on it was a battle for second and third, as no one was able to make any progress on Grgic.

Sibirtsev maintained his position as runner-up, while Neill passed Hafnaoui over the final 50 meters to secure the bronze medal. Sibirtsev finished with 7:48.05 to Neill’s 7:48.65. Hafnaoui went 7:49.09 for fourth, while Egorov faded to fifth with 7:52.19.

Mixed 4x 100m Freestyle – Final

  • WR: 3:19.40 United States Of America USA 27 JUL 2019 Gwangju (KOR)
  • CR: 3:26.65 Canada CAN 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • WJR: 3:26.65 Canada CAN 25 AUG 2017 Indianapolis (USA)


  1. USA – United States of America 3:25.92 WJR, CR
  2. RUS – Russian Federation 3:27.72
  3. ITA – Italy 3:29.12

The United States broke the Championship Record and World Junior Record set by Canada in 2017 with 3:25.92. All eight relays went with the male-male-female-female configuration so there were no big lead changes during the four legs. Russia’s Aleksandr Shchegolev went 49.03 to lead the first leg, with Italy’s Federico Burdisso (49.17) and USA’s Gianluca Urlando (49.66) trailing. USA’s Adam Chaney closed the gap on Italy, outsplitting Thomas Ceccon 48.25 to 48.65, while Andrei Minakov kept the Russians in the lead with 48.21.

The second half of the race is where things shook up. Amy Tang put the United States in the lead with her 54.18. Daria Trofimova of Russia went 55.40. Italy’s Chiara Tarantino was 55.43. All three teams were under World Junior Record pace heading into the fourth leg. Gretchen Walsh took over for the Americans and split a 53.83 to bring home the gold and the record. Ekaterina Nikonova was 55.08 for Russia, while Costanza Cocconcelli of Italy went 55.87 to hold off a charging Canada and secure bronze.

Canada finished fourth with 3:30.23, just .09 ahead of Australia.

USA – United States of America 3:25.92 WJ, CR

RUS – Russian Federation 3:27.72

  • Aleksandr SHCHEGOLEV 49.03
  • Andrei MINAKOV 48.21
  • Daria TROFIMOVA 55.40
  • Ekaterina NIKONOVA 55.08

ITA – Italy 3:29.12



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4 years ago

Wouldn’t be surprised to see Walsh, tang or Huske on the Olympic team. Or at least1 or 2 of them.

4 years ago

While I do enjoy relays, and have not particular issue with the occasional exhibition mixed relay, I really don’t understand the point of mixed relays at championship meets. Both the male and female members already have multiple chances at relay medals which means it just pads the tally’s with all the added number of events. Not begrudging the athletes their chance to shine, but honestly just can’t seem to get exactly why of all things to add they went for mixed relays.

4 years ago

Molly O’Callaghan 4th fastest Australian 15 year 100 free @ 54.84, not bad when you think of the great Aussie sprint freestylers. Another one for the Aussies train.

Reply to  Robbos
4 years ago

Even with a few prospects coming through it’s looking like our dominance in the women’s 4×100 free is going to be challenged big time next year. Jack’s doping violation really is a big blow.

4 years ago

I think Burdisso is going to beat Luca Urlando in 200 butterfly.

Chaitha D.
Reply to  Paolo
4 years ago

There’s a chance but slim

Reply to  Chaitha D.
4 years ago

Urlando not looking super-sharp this week, so I’d say the chance is more than slim.. but I’d still bet on Luca.

bear drinks beer
4 years ago

You said this because the best swimmer in your country is a distance male, my German friend? 😀

Reply to  bear drinks beer
4 years ago

1) No, i said it for the reasons i stated … if he would be a backstroker, then i would say the same (you obviously can’t know if i would have said the same then, so you obviously have no base for what you are saying)
2) I stated my supicions as well about other swimmers who were/are competing in events where german swimmers are no medal contenders (for example Milak in men’s 200 fly or Codia in men’s 100 fly)
3) Could you please quote the article where i stated that i am from Germany? If you can’t do that, then what other proof do you have? If you have no proof, then i guess this is… Read more »

Reply to  AnEn
4 years ago

You’re accusing him of cheating, I hope you know that there is difference between facts and speculations, although your voice doesn’t seem to reflect that.

4 years ago

Man I used to train with Dobler back on TDPS Swim Team in Portland… she creamed my ass every practice lol.

4 years ago

7:45 at 16 with all the PEDs in the world is still an impressive time.

Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

Agreed, probably took a lesson from Perkovic, she is treated like a nationaly hero despite being a certified cheater, so not much incentive for young croatians to play it clean.

4 years ago

Really impressive split from Chaney especially given it was his third race of the session!

Reply to  CTJumbo
4 years ago

Why wasn’t Huske on the relay? She got 2nd in the 100 to Walsh?

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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