2022 World Junior Championships: Day 2 Prelims Preview


Day 2 prelims of the 2022 World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru will feature heats of the boys 200 IM, girls 100 free, boys 100 fly, girls 200 fly, boys 200 free, mixed 4×100 medley relay, and girls 800 free. Notably, the girls 800 free is a timed finals event, so the slowest 3 heats will be swum this morning and the fastest heat will be swum with finals tonight.

Probably the most anticipated prelims event of the day is the boys 200 free, where 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici enters the meet as the top seed by a truly massive margin and the fastest swimmer in the world this year. Popovici is entered at 1:44.68, which is already fast enough, but don’t let that fool you. The phenom swam a 1:42.97 to win gold at the European Championships a few weeks ago, shattering the World Junior Record in the event. After breaking the World Junior Championship Record in the 100 free twice on day 1, we’ll be looking for Popovici to crack the 1:46.40 Championship Record in the 200 free as early as prelims this morning.

Portugal’s Diogo Ribeiro broke the Portuguese Record in 100 fly at the European Championships a few weeks ago, and enters these Championships as the top seed in the boys 100 fly this morning. With his time of 52.31, Ribeiro leads the Czech Republic’s Daniel Gracik by just 0.38 seconds. Brazil’s Pedro Souza also enters this morning with a sub-53 time, coming in as the #3 seed with a 53.97. We’ll be looking out for South Africa’s Pieter Coetze as well after he broke the African Record in the 100 back in last night’s semifinals.

Turkey’s Mehlika Kuzeh Yalcin comes in as the top seed in the girls 200 fly, entering at 2:11.98. Italy’s Anna Porcari is up there with Yalcin, coming in at 2:12.20, but they’re the only 2 swimmers in the field seeded under 2:14.

After a solid 1:58 leading off Hungary’s girls 4×200 free relay last night, 16-year-old Nikolett Padar enters the girls 100 free this morning as the top seed. Padar is seeded at 54.69, putting her first on the psych sheet by nearly a full second.

Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsushita is the top seed in the boys 200 IM, entering at 2:00.00. Sanberk Yigit Oktar (Turkey) is seeded right behind Matsushita at 2:00.68.

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3 months ago

With no semis and no need to try hard to get to finals, 1:42.5 let’s go.

Reply to  Ragnar
3 months ago

I imagine Popovici must be at least a little miffed that he is just 0.01 off Phelps’ best. Sure he’s said he’s hit his 200 goal time for the season, but there must be some fire that lit because he wished he was 0.02 faster

3 months ago

Bruh if he swims another wjr in the 200 free this year i’m eating a hot dog sideways

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Reply to  Khachaturian
3 months ago

Get your napkin ready.

3 months ago

1:48 easy prelims swim coming from chlorine daddy. Negative split of course

Reply to  Bayliss
3 months ago

47,8 for the fun then returning in 1:00

Reply to  Bayliss
3 months ago

you called it pretty close: 1:49 easier prelim swim

3 months ago

How refreshing to see Romania, along with Popovici, and the polish team as well, sharing the limelight with the likes of Hungary! Just a nice international mix!!!

3 months ago

Yeah missing the 70% of the elit nations of swimming…