2019 World Junior Championships: Day 3 Finals Preview


  • 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)
  • Meet site
  • Entries book
  • FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
  • Live results

After a boasting nine new World junior champions were crowned on Wednesday, the Thursday finals session of the 2019 World Junior Championships will feature 4 new champions alongside the mixed 4×100 free relay. Here’s a look at the event line-up for tonight’s session.

Day 3 Finals Event Line-Up:

  • Women’s 50 Fly- Semifinals
  • Men’s 50 Free- Semifinals
  • Women’s 200 Back- Final
  • Men’s 100 Fly- Final
  • Women’s 100 Breast- Semifinals
  • Men’s 50 Back- Semifinals
  • Women’s 100 Free- Final
  • Men’s 800 Free- Timed Final
  • Mixed 4×100 Free Relay- Final

Young talent is storming in during these World Junior championships as many youngsters have stepped up against the 17-/18-year-old athletes. 16-year-old Americans Gretchen Walsh (54.25) and Torri Huske (54.52) come in as the women’s 100 free final top 2 seeds and the 3rd/4th fastest 15-16 American event performers all-time.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Belarusian Anastasiya Shkurdai led the 50 fly morning swims with a 26.20. 15-year-old American Claire Curzan was the second fastest heats swimmer in the event at 26.32. 14-year-old Miriam Sheehan will also be in top 8 contention after breaking the Puerto Rican national record with a 26.82.

The new generation of women’s breaststroke is being primed in the 100 breast semifinals as 16-year-old Brit Kayla van der Merwe leads with a 1:07.50, just a second off the championship record of 1:06.61. 14-year-old Russian Evgenia Chikunova will lead the first semifinal heat with her #2 morning swim time of 1:08.07. Here’s more storylines to watch throughout Thursday’s finals session of the 2019 World Junior Championships.

  • Canadian Jade Hannah will be shooting for her second backstroke title of the meet as she comes in as the top morning swim in the women’s 200 back at 2:10.21.
  • Russian teammates Andrei Minakov and Egor Pavlov have an opportunity for a 1-2 finish in the men’s 100 fly final. Yet seeded second between the duo is 16-year-old Josif Miladinov, who recently broke the Bulgarian national record earlier in the meet. In the men’s 800 free timed final, another Russian duo, Aleksandr Egorov and Ilia Sibirtsev, could score another gold and silver for Russia.
  • 17-year-old American and YMCA national title-holder David Curtiss leads the men’s 50 free top 16 with a 22.16. He is followed closely by Ukrainian Vladyslav Bukhov, who put up a morning swim of 22.29 and will be in lane 4 of the first semifinal.
  • Jan Cejka of the Cezh Republic broke his country’s 50 back national record with a 25.32 to lead the top 16 tonight. Contending for a spot in the top 8 will be 100 back champion Thomas Ceccon of Italy and event bronze medalist Wyatt Davis.

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2 years ago

How many swims has minakov had so far this meet? Between this and worlds, the kids got to be tired from all this racing

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