2022 FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- August 30-September 4, 2022
- Lima, Peru
- Long Course Meters (50m), Prelims/Semis/Finals
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Day 1 Finals Schedule:
- Boys 400 Free – FINAL
- Girls 50 Breast – SEMIFINALS
- Boys 100 Back – SEMIFINALS
- Girls 400 IM – FINALS
- Boys 100 Breast – SEMIFINALS
- Girls 100 Back – SEMIFINALS
- Boys 4×100 Free Relay – FINAL
- Girls 4×200 Free Relay – FINAL
The first finals sessions of the 2022 World Junior Championships will feature semis of the girls 50 breast, boys 100 back, boys 100 breast, and the girls 100 back, along with finals of the boys 400 free, girls 400 IM, the boys 4×100 free relay, and the girls 4×200 free relay.
We already saw some fireworks this morning, as David Popovici took nearly a second off of the meet record in the 100 free with a 47.37 leading off Romania’s free relay, and there should be more exciting swims in store this evening.
BOYS 400 FREESTYLE – Finals
- World Record – 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (2009)
- World Junior Record – 3:44.60, Mack Horton (2014)
- World Jr Champ Record – 3:46.06, Gabor Zombori (2019)
- Stephan Steverink (BRA) – 3:48.27
- Vlad Stefan Stancu (ROU) – 3:48.38
- Krzysztof Chmielewski (POL) – 3:49.34
400m came down to the final touch. Top-seed Stephan Steverink of Brazil jumped out to an early lead, but Krzysztof Chmielewski overtook him by halfway point. The two remained neck and and neck for most of the race, with Vlad Stefan Stancu within striking distance the whole time.
Down the final stretch, Steverink and Stancu pulled ahead, and Steverink just got his hand on the wall first, 3:48.27 to 3:48.34. Chmielewski took 3rd in 3:49.34, the only other swimmer under 3:51.
GIRLS 50 BREASTSTROKE – Semis
- World Record – 29.30, Benedetta Pilato (2021)
- World Junior Record – 29.30, Benedetta Pilato (2021)
- World Jr Champ Record – 29.86, Ruta Meilutyte (2013)
- Karolina Piechowicz (POL) – 31.50
- Jana Pribylova (CZE) – 31.81
- Maria Ramos Najji (ESP) – 31.83
- Irene Mati (ITA) – 31.88
- Martina Bukvic (SRB) – 32.02
- Sieun Park (KOR) – 32.18
- Jimena Ruiz (ESP) – 32.43
- Julia Christen (ARG) – 32.47
Poland’s Karolina Piechowicz improved on her time from this morning, from 31.64 to 31.50, and defended her position as top seed heading into tomorrow’s finals.
Tomorrow’s finals field wouldn’t have looked that different had it just consisted of the top 8 out of prelims, as Bukvic was the only swimmer to make finals who wasn’t also in the top 8 this morning.
BOYS 100 BACKSTROKE – Semis
- World Record – 51.60, Thomas Ceccon (2022)
- World Junior Record – 52.53, Kliment Kolesnikov (2018)
World Jr Champ Record – 53.37, Thomas Ceccon (2019)
- Pieter Coetze (RSA) – 52.95
- Ksawery Masiuk (POL) – 53.12
- Aron Szekely (HUN) – 55.42
- Miroslav Knedla (CZE) – 55.49
- Hidekazu Takehara (JPN) – 55.79
- Filip Kosinski (POL) – 55.93
- Apostolos Siskos (GRE) – 55.95
- Simon Clusman (FRA) – 56.19
Pieter Coetze stormed to a new meet record in the first heat. The South African got under the 53-second barrier with a 52.95, taking down the mark of 53.37 previously held by Thomas Ceccon. That also appears to be a new African continental record, with Coetze breaking the mark of 53.12 previously held by his countryman Christopher Reid.
Poland’s Ksawery Masiuk won heat 2 with a 53.12, also getting under the old meet record. It looks like it’ll be a battle between Coetze and Masiuk tomorrow night, as no one else got under 55 seconds.
GIRLS 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – Finals
- World Record – 4:26.36, Katinka Hosszu (2016)
- World Junior Record – 4:29.01, Summer McIntosh (2022)
World Jr Champ Record – 4:38.53, Alba Vazquez Ruiz (2019)
Japan’s Mio Narita had another dominant showing tonight in this race. She came into the meet as the top seed, then went 4:45.29 this morning, posting the fastest time by over a second. But that was just a prelude, as tonight she left the field behind with a 4:37. Narita is only a few days removed from swimming at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii, where she swept the IMs, including a 4:36.79 meet record in the 400.
While Narita won by over six seconds, there was a great race behind for her 2nd, with four women touching in 4:44-point. Hungary’s Lilla Minna Abraham touched first from among that group, taking 2nd in 4:44.19. Italy’s Giulia Vetrano moved from 5th to 3rd on the last 50m, taking 3rd in 4:44.20.
BOYS 100 BREASTSTROKE – Semis
- World Record – 56.88, Adam Peaty (2019)
- World Junior Record – 59.01, Nicolo Martinenghi (2017)
- World Jr Champ Record – 59.01 Nicolo Martinenghi (2017)
- Luka Mladenovic (AUT) – 1:01.84
- Uros Zivanovic (SRB) – 1:02.46
- Sai Ting Adam Mak (HKG) – 1:02.65
- Santiago Jesus Zaragoza Reyes (MEX) – 1:02.75
- Filip Urbanski (POL) – 1:02.93
- Alex Sabattani (ITA) – 1:02.95
- Chanwook Park (KOR) – 1:03.21
- Nikola Koltin (SRB) – 1:03.26
Austria’s Luka Mladenovic backed up his top time from this morning by pacing the field tonight. He was the only man to get under 1:02, winning heat 2 in 1:01.84. Serbia’s Uros Zivanovic won heat 1 in 1:02.46, good for the 2nd-fastet time overall, and just ahead of Sai Ting Adam Mak in the heat.
Six of the eight finals qualifiers came from heat 2, with Santiago Jesus Zaragoza Reyes, Filip Urbanski, Alex Sabattani, Chanwook Park, and Nikola Koltin all joining Mladenovic in qualifying out of that heat. Koltin in particular had a nice semis swim, improving on his prelims time by well over a second, and moving up from 13th this morning to 8th tonight.
GIRLS 100 BACKSTROKE – Semis
- World Record – 57.45, Kaylee McKeown (2021)
- World Junior Record – 57.57, Regan Smith (2019)
- World Jr Champ Record – 59.11, Regan Smith (2017)
- Sara Curtis (ITA) – 1:02.09
- Dora Molnar (HUN) – 1:02.19
- Aimi Nagaoka (JPN) – 1:02.24
- Aissia Claudia Prisecariu (ROU) – 1:02.59
- Rebecca-Aimee Diaconescu (ROU) – 1:02.64
- Chiaki Yamamoto (JPN) – 1:02.76
- Jaeyun Song (KOR) – 1:02.90
- Alexia Sotomayer (PER) –1:02.94
Italy’s Sara Curtis came up big in the second heat, improving from 9th this morning (1:03.63) to the top seed heading into tomorrow with a 1:02.09 tonight.
The entire top finished in 1:02-something, and just like in the boys 100 breast, six of the top eight came from the second heat. Aimi Nagaoka, who had the fastest prelims time at 1:01.74, took 2nd in heat 2 behind Curtis, at 1:02.24. Aissia Claudia Prisecariu, Chiaki Yamamoto, Jaeyun Song, and home crowd favorite Alexia Sotomayor of Peru also qualified out of heat 2.
BOYS 4×100 FREESTYLE RELAY – Finals
- World Record – 3:08.24, USA (2008)
- World Junior Record – 3:15.79, USA (2022)
- World Jr Champ Record – 3:15.80, USA (2019)
- Romania – 3:18.84
- France – 3:20.29
- Lithuania – 3:20.41
Phenom David Popovici propelled Romana to the win here after the world record holder led off in a meet record time of 47.07. Alexandru Constantinescu and Stefan Cozma each split 51.1s, then Patrick Dinu anchored in 49.50 as Romania won by well over a second in 3:18.84.
It was a tight race for 2nd, though, between France, Lithuania, and Italy. Nans Mazellier moved France from 6th to 2nd with his 49.48 split on the 2nd leg, and France was able to hold off a pair of 49s from Lithuania’s Tomas Lukimas and Rokas Jazdauskas to take silver, 3:20.29 to 3:20.41. Italy had incredibly close splits, with all four swimmers recording times between 50.36 and 49.87 (and descending, to boot), but they ended up just out of the medals at 3:20.49.
GIRLS 4×200 FREESTYLE RELAY – Finals
- World Record – 7:39.29, Australia (2022)
- World Junior Record – 7:51.47, Canada (2017)
- World Jr Champ Record – 7:51.47, Canada (2017)
- Hungary – 8:04.70
- Italy – 8:08.59
- Turkey – 8:20.76
Hungary got off to a great start when Nikolett Padar led off in 1:58.37. Not only she did put up the fastest leadoff time, but she had the fastest time overall, as none of the other 31 swimmers in the race got under 2:00. Dora Molnar and Lilla Minna Abraham recorded nearly-identical 2:02.4 splits, while Lili Gyurinovics went 2:01.51 while sandwiched between them. All told, Hungary won in 8:04.70, touching nearly four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
The 2nd-fastest split of the night belonged to Matilde Biagotti, who led off Italy in 2:00.24 en route to a 8:08.59 silver medal for the Italians. Turkey earned bronze in 8:20,75, led by a 2:01.98 first leg by Merve Tuncel.