Brazilian Brandonn Almeida posted a time of 4:14.47, setting a new junior world record in the men’s 400 IM, beating the ‘benchmark’ time set by American Gunnar Bentz.
Bentz took gold in the 400 IM at the 2013 Junior World Championships in a time of 4:14.97, setting a new championship record. His time was then used as a ‘benchmark’ time when establishing the junior world record times in 2014.
For the time being Almeida has been slotted as the Pan American gold medalist due to the disqualification of his fellow countryman Thiago Pereira, a disqualification which is being protested.
Pereira finished just ahead of Almeida in tonight’s final in Toronto.
Almeida, who has won gold in the 400 IM at the last two South American Junior Championships, had a lifetime best time of 4:15.82, which he recorded at the Maria Lenk Trophy in April.