2019 World Junior Championships: Day 6 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)
  • Meet site
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  • FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
  • Live results

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Day 6 Finals heat sheets

Men’s 100m Freestyle – Final

  • WR 46.91 CIELO FILHO Cesar BRA Rome (ITA) 30 JUL 2009
  • WJ 47.58 CHALMERS Kyle AUS Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 10 AUG 2016
  • CR 48.33 GIREV Ivan RUS Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Andrei MINAKOV RUS 48.73
  2. Joshua LIENDO EDWARDS CAN 49.17
  3. Robin HANSON SWE 49.25

It was Andrei Minakov‘s race from start to finish as the Russian took it out in 23.33 to lead the field by 3/10 at the 50. He came home in 25.40 for a total time of 48.73. Canada picked up a silver medal as Joshua Liendo Edwards came back on the second half to pass Vladyslav Bukhov of Ukraine, who had been second at the 50, and Sweden’s Robin Hanson. Lindo Edwards finished with 49.17 while Hanson scored the bronze medal in 49.25.

USA’s Adam Chaney just missed the podium, finishing fourth with 49.27.

Fifth through eighth went to UKR’s Vladyslav Vukhov (49.81), Stegano Nicetto of ITA (49.84), Artur Barseghyan of ARM (50.03), and Murilo Stein Sartori of BRA (50.30).

Women’s 200m Breaststroke – Final

  • WR 2:19.11 PEDERSEN Rikke DEN Barcelona (ESP) 1 AUG 2013
  • WJ 2:19.64 GUNES Viktoria TUR Singapore (SGP) 30 AUG 2015
  • CR 2:19.64 GUNES Viktoria Zeynep TUR Singapore (SGP) 30 AUG 2015


  1. Evgeniia CHIKUNOVA RUS 2:24.03
  2. Anastasia MAKAROVA RUS 2:24.39
  3. Mei ISHIHARA JPN 2:24.99

GBR’s Kayla van der Merwe took it out quickly from lane 1 and led the field through the 100. She was first at the 50 with 33.22, and first at the 100 with 1:09.97. Evgeniia Chikunova of Russia dominated the second half of the race, though, and earned the gold with 2:24.03. She was 1:10.10 at the 100 and 1:13.93. The 14-year-old also won the 100 breast earlier in the week.

Russia’s Anastasia Makarova had a strong back half as well, moving from fifth at the 100 to third at the 150 to second at the finish. She went 2:24.39, beating Japan’s Mei Ishihara for the silver by .63.

Van der Merwe ended up in fourth place with 2:25.27. Behind her were HUN’s Eszter Bekesi (2:25.49), CHN’s Zheng Muyan (2:25.50), SVK’s Nikoleta Trnikova (2:27.96), and USA’s Abby Arens (2:28.06).

Men’s 200m Backstroke – Final

  • WR 1:51.92 PEIRSOL Aaron USA Rome (ITA) 31 JUL 2009
  • WJ 1:55.14 KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS Budapest (HUN) 28 JUL 2017
  • CR 1:56.69 GONZALEZ Hugo ESP Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Wyatt DAVIS USA 1:58.18
  2. Carson FOSTER USA 1:58.47
  3. Mewen TOMAC FRA 1:58.71

The entire 200 backstroke came down to the final fifteen meters. In a thrilling finish, USA’s Wyatt Davis powered past teammate Carson Foster for the win, going 1:58.18. Davis had been in fourth place on the first three 50s but surged over the final 25 meters to pass Foster, France’s Mewen Tomac, and LTU’s Arijus Pavlidi. Pavlidi had been first at the 50 and the 100 but ended up fading to sixth by the end.

Canada’s Cole Pratt moved from seventh at the 50 to sixth at the 100 to fifth at the 150 and finally to fourth at the finish with 1:58.93. He was followed by Great Britain’s Charlie Brown (1:59.57), Pavlidi (1:59.69), Russia’s Egor Dolomanov (2:00.05), and Portugal’s Joao Costa (2:00.32).

Women’s 100m Butterfly – Final

  • WR 55.48 SJOESTROEM Sarah SWE Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 7 AUG 2016
  • WJ 56.46 OLEKSIAK Penny CAN Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 7 AUG 2016
  • CR 57.25 IKEE Rikako JPN Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Torri HUSKE USA 57.71
  2. Anastasiya SHKURDAI BLR 57.98
  3. Claire CURZAN USA 58.37

Torri Huske of USA won the women’s 100 fly with the best start (.63 reaction time), best first 50 (26.49) and best second 50 (31.22) in the field. Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus was second from wire-to-wire and picked up another silver medal with 57.98. Claire Curzan of USA finished third with 59.06. It was the same podium as in the 50 fly.

Canada’s Hanna Henderson and Qian Xinan of China moved past Russia’s Aleksandra Sabitova over the final 50 meters to finish fourth and fifth with 59.06 and 59.13. Sabitova was sixth with 59.64, followed by Genevieve Sasseville of Canada (1:00.06) and Helena Biasibetti of Italy (1:00.38).

Men’s 1500m Freestyle – fastest heat

  • WR 14:31.02 SUN Yang CHN London (GBR) 4 AUG 2012
  • CR 14:56.60 HORTON Mack AUS Dubai (UAE) 31 AUG 2013
  • WJ 14:51.55 HORTON Mack AUS Brisbane (AUS) 1 APR 2014


  1. Franko GRGIC CRO 14:46.09
  2. Thomas NEILL AUS 14:59.19
  3. Ilia SIBIRTSEV RUS 15:05.17

16-year-old Franko Grgic of Croatia destroyed the Championships Record and World Junior Record in the 1500 free, going 14:46.09 to notch the sixth-fastest time in the world for 2019. Grgic looked smooth and confident from his first strokes. He was up by half a body length over the field at the 100 wall, under CR and WJR pace with 56.52. For a while it seemed he might be just a tick under record pace, but he picked up his pace about halfway through and began to put several meters’ worth of clean water between himself and the yellow record line. With each 50 he increased his lead over the record line and wound up smashing both marks. He was 10.51 seconds faster than Mack Horton’s Championships Record of 14:56.60 from 2013 and 6.46 seconds under Horton’s World Junior Record of 14:51.55 from 2014.

Australia’s Thomas Neill and Russia’s Ilia Sibirtsev battled throughout for the second spot. Neill pulled away at the 900 and outsplit the Russian by 5 seconds over the final third of the race.

Women’s 50m Freestyle – Final

  • WR 23.67 SJOESTROEM Sarah SWE Budapest (HUN) 29 JUL 2017
  • WJ 24.33 IKEE Rikako JPN Tokyo (JPN) 15 SEP 2017
  • CR 24.59 IKEE Rikako JPN Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Gretchen WALSH USA 24.71
  2. Maxine PARKER USA 24.75
  3. Meg HARRIS AUS 24.89

Maxine Parker of USA, who had led the semi-finals qualifiers with 24.96, exploded off the blocks in the final. It was a battle down the stretch between Parker and her teammate Gretchen Walsh, but Walsh prevailed at the end, 24.71 to 24.75 for a USA 1-2 finish. Meg Harris of Australia claimed the bronze with 24.89.

South Africa’s Aimee Canny led the rest of the finishers with 25.29. Austria’s Nina Gangl was next in 25.30, followed by Canada’s Hanna Henderson (25.33), Italy’s Costanza Cocconcelli (25.45), and France’s Lison Nowaczyk (25.53).

Men’s 200m Butterfly – Final

  • WR 1:50.73 MILAK Kristof HUN Gwangju (KOR) 24 JUL 2019
  • WJ 1:53.79 MILAK Kristof HUN Netanya (ISR) 30 JUN 2017
  • CR 1:53.87 MILAK Kristof HUN Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Luca URLANDO USA 1:55.02
  2. Tomoru HONDA JPN 1:55.31
  3. Federico BURDISSO ITA 1:55.39

Italy’s Federico Burdisso went for the fly and die strategy in the 200 butterfly final. He blasted off with 24.82 on the first 50. France’s Léon Marchand was in second place with 25.63. Burdisso continued to storm ahead on the next 50, turning with 53.12 at the 100 wall. USA’s Luca Urlando had moved from fourth place to runner-up on the second 50, passing Marchand and Ethan du Preez of South Africa.

Burdisso still held the lead at the 150 with 1:23.45 but Urlando was closing. He out-split the Italian by .65 on the third 50. Meanwhile, Tomoru Honda of Japan was creeping up on the leaders. He came from eighth at the 50 to turn sixth at the 100 and third at the 150. He came home even faster than Urlando with 29.68-29.54 on the last two 50s. Urlando went 29.68-30.60 and wound up with the gold medal with an overall time of 1:55.02. Honda earned silver with 1:55.31. Burdisso held on, improbably given his exuberant front half, with 1:55.39.

The rest of the final was made up of Wang Juan-Hung from Taipei (1:56.48), Russia’s Egor Pavlov (1:58.01), Sebastian Lunak from Czech Republic (1:58.20), Marchand (1:58.73), and du Preez (1:58.83).

Men’s 50m Breaststroke – Final

  • WR 25.95 PEATY Adam GBR Budapest (HUN) 25 JUL 2017
  • WJ 26.97 MARTINENGHI Nicolo ITA Riccione (ITA) 4 APR 2017
  • CR 27.02 MARTINENGHI Nicolo ITA Indianapolis, IN (USA) 27 AUG 2017


  1. Vladislav GERASIMENKO RUS 27.58
  2. Gabe MASTROMATTEO CAN 27.73
  3. Archie GOODBURN GBR 27.83

It was all about the finish in the 50 breast final. Vladislav Gerasimenko of Russia had the right timing to get to the wall first, earning gold with 27.58. Behind him in tight formation were Canada’s Gabe Mastromatteo (27.73) and Archie Goodburn of Great Britain (27.83).

USA’s Josh Matheny finished .13 off the podium in fourth with 27.96. Next came Greece’s Arkadios Aspougalis (27.98), Japan’s Shoma Sato (28.04), Germany’s Kyle Booth (28.24), and USA’s Kevin Houseman (28.28).

Women’s 200m Freestyle – Final

  • WR 1:52.98 PELLEGRINI Federica ITA Rome (ITA) 29 JUL 2009
  • WJ 1:55.43 YANG Junxuan CHN Gwangju (KOR) 24 JUL 2019
  • CR 1:57.08 RUCK Taylor CAN Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Erika FAIRWEATHER NZL 1:57.96
  2. Lani PALLISTER AUS 1:58.09
  3. Emma O’CROININ CAN 1:58.64

After an amazing week in which Lani Pallister of Australia won the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles, it was a different swimmer from Australasia at the top of the podium in the 200 free. New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather surprised the field with a quick start and three more fast 50s to win gold in 1:57.96.

Pallister was fourth at the 50 wall behind Fairweather, USA’s Claire Tuggle, and Japan’s Nagisa Ikemoto. At the 100 Pallister moved into third place behind Fairweather and Tuggle. Pallister took over at second on the 150 turn while Canada’s Emma O’Croinin moved into the third position. The three leaders held onto their spots at the finish; Ikemoto came in fourth with 1:58.83.

Hungary’s Fanni Fabian came in fifth with 1:59.37 ahead of Tuggle (1:59.83), Russia’s Polina Nevmovenko (2:00.14), and Canada’s Katrina Bellio (2:00.25).

Men’s 4x 100m Medley – Final

  • WR 3:27.28 USA – United States Of America Rome (ITA) 2 AUG 2009
  • WJ 3:35.17 RUS – Russian Federation Buenos Aires (ARG) 10 OCT 2018
  • CR 3:36.15 USA – United States Of America Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. Russia 3:33.19
  2. United States 3:33.66
  3. Canada 3:36.35

Russia lowered their own World Junior Record in the 400 medley relay by a full 1.98 seconds. They took nearly 3 seconds off the Championships Record, set by the United States in 2017. Russia was in second place behind Italy at the back-to-breast turn, but soon made up the difference and surged to the lead on breaststroke. They never let up and ended up .47 ahead of the charging United States. Nikolay Zuev led off for Russia in 53.84. Gerasimenko went 59.53 in breast. Minakov was 50.93 in the butterfly, and Aleksandr Shchegolev was 48.89 on the end.

Italy’s Thomas Ceccon lowered the Championships Record in the 100 back leading off on the first leg of the relay, going 53.37. He had broken it in the final of the 100 back individual event with 53.46 earlier in the week. Italy was DQd, though, for the fly-to-breast exchange.

RUS – Russian Federation 3:33.19 WJ, CR

USA – United States of America 3:33.66

  • Will GRANT 54.45
  • Josh MATHENY 59.55
  • Blake MANOFF 51.72
  • Adam CHANEY 47.94

CAN – Canada 3:36.35

  • Cole PRATT 54.79
  • Gabe MASTROMATTEO 59.82
  • Joshua LIENDO EDWARDS 51.90
  • Finlay KNOX 49.84

Women’s 4x 100m Medley – Final

  • WR 3:50.40 USA – United States Of America Gwangju (KOR) 28 JUL 2019
  • WJ 3:58.38 CAN – Canada Indianapolis (USA) 28 AUG 2017
  • CR 3:58.38 CAN – Canada Indianapolis, IN (USA) 28 AUG 2017


  1. United States 3:59.13
  2. Russia 4:00.30
  3. Canada 4:093.17

Russia blasted off to a strong start with Daria Vaskina’s 59.90 in the 100 backstroke lead-off, and stayed in front nearly to the end. Jade Hannah had Canada in second place with 1:00.42, while Claire Curzan handed over to Kaitlyn Dobler in third place with 1:00.75. Dobler moved the USA into second, going 1:07.51 to Evgeniia Chikunova’s 1:07.45. Torri Huske gained more than half a second on Russia with a 57.86 split on the fly. Aleksandra Sabitova was 58.47 for Russia. The Russians couldn’t hold off Gretchen Walsh over the final 100 meters, though. Walsh went 53.01, 1.45 seconds faster than Ekaterina Nikonova, and the USA won 3:59.13 to 4:00.30.

USA – United States of America 3:59.13

RUS – Russian Federation 4:00.30

  • Daria VASKINA 59.90
  • Evgeniia CHIKUNOVA 1:07.45
  • Aleksandra SABITOVA 58.47
  • Ekaterina NIKONOVA 54.48

CAN – Canada 4:03.17

  • Jade HANNAH 1:00.42
  • Avery WISEMAN 1:08.23
  • Hanna HENDERSON 59.16
  • Brooklyn DOUTHWRIGHT 55.36




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4 years ago

Swim of the meet has to go to Grgic. 14:46 at 16 is BANANAS, and what a beautiful stroke he has!

WOW Gretchen Walsh just put her name on the board for the possible 2nd slot in the 100 free at Trials!

4 years ago

Hopefully Carson Foster’s & Luca Urlando’s coaches are taking notes about what their swimmers must be able to manage at these big meets (with their multi-event plus relay schedules), and how to hold their tapers over 2 big meets, a month apart. They needed this experience to be ready for next summer!

4 years ago

Who is going to do an analysis of how people dropped so much time in 2 weeks?

Wild Bill
4 years ago

Gretchen WALSH 53.01 – Wow!

4 years ago

Thought Josh Liendo is just that, not with an Edwards on his last name?!

4 years ago


4 years ago

Adam Chaney and Gretchen Walsh are killing it on the relays. Adam is becoming a very reliable relay split and so is Gretchen along with her consistent performances from prelims-semis-finals.

Reply to  FlyNDie
4 years ago

exciting super talents we saw this week – those 2 were blisteringly fast this week & very consistent . I enjoyed watching any other nation putting amazing juniors as well . it was a real joy overall / great level

4 years ago

USA 18 Gold (with Regan Smith could have been at least 21).
I think: Franko Grgic best male and Lani Pallister best female.

Reply to  Paolo
4 years ago

I think Minakov is still the pick over Franko

Reply to  Paolo
4 years ago

What about Ceccon with 2 gold and 3 bronze?

Reply to  Paolo
4 years ago

Why at least 21? 18 + 50 back + 100 back + 200 back -> 21 golds. USA already won gold in 100 and 200 fly so not really sure where else Smith would have had a chance to win gold?
Also: It could have been less if some of the european swimmers would have focused on this event instead of the junior european championships or the senior world championships (Cejka in men’s 200 back, Burdisso in men’s 200 fly, Shkurdai in women’s 50/100 fly).

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