2019 World Juniors: Gorbenko Destroys Israeli Record In Women’s 100 Back


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16-year-old Anastasia Gorbenko of Israel started her 2019 World Junior Championships campaign off right, firing off a new National Record in the women’s 100m backstroke. Competing in the heats on day 1 in Budapest, Gorbenko produced a time of 1:00.58 to claim the 3rd seed behind leader Jade Hannah of Canada and 2nd seed Mollie O’Callaghan of Australia.

Entering these Championships, Gorbenko’s lifetime best in the 100m back rested at the 1:01.03 she posted just earlier this year while competing on the Mare Nostrum Tour. That time included splits of 29.63/31.59 to make her the fastest Israeli female ever.

Flash forward to this morning, however, and the teen showed she came to play by slashing just under 1/2 a second off of that career-fastest to hit a new low of 1:00.58. Splits for her swim this morning include 29.12/31.46, demonstrating that Gorbenko was much faster on the way out.

Gorbenko holds several Israeli National Records, including the 50m back (28.21), 200m breast (2:28.78), 200m IM (2:11.92) and 400m IM (4:47.58). The 16-year-old took gold in the 200m IM at last year’s Youth Olympic Games and followed that up with two silvers at this year’s European Junior Championships. In Kazan, Gorbenko earned runner-up in the 50m back and 200m IM.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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