America Produces World Junior Record In Mixed 4×100 Free Relay


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The United States established its 3rd World Junior relay record in as many days, as the nation added a mixed 4x100m free relay record to its newly-minted mixed medley and men’s 4x100m free marks from earlier here in Budapest.

Tonight, the damage was done by the American foursome of Luca Urlando, Adam Chaney, Amy Tang, and Gretchen Walsh, with the combination collectively clocking a monster time of 3:25.92 to hack well over half a second off of the previous WJR mark of 3:26.65. That previous record in this mixed 4x100m free relay was established by Team Canada at the 2017 edition of these World Junior Championships.

The stars n’ stripes had to fight hard for its win, as Luca Urlando found himself 3rd after the first leg. He opened in a split of 49.66, which fell behind Russia’s Aleksandr Shchegolev‘s 49.03 and Italy’s Federico Burdisso‘s 49.17.

Chaney maintained the 3rd position for the Americans, firing off a speedy split of 48.25, but Russia’s Andrei Minakov was quicker in 48.21, while Italy’s Thomas Ceccon was also easily under 49 in 48.65.

Enter Amy Tang for the Americans, with the teen crushing a split of 54.18 to hammer her Russian and Italian opponents who nabbed splits of 55.40 and 55.43, respectively. Then, the newly-minted World Junior Champion in the 100m freestyle just a few events ago, Walsh, produced a menacing 53.83 to finish the job and help render the squad as gold medalists.

Split comparisons between old and new World Junior Records:

Canada (CAN) – 3:26.65
Ruslan Gaziev (49.99)
Alexander Pratt (50.95)
Taylor Ruck (52.72)
Penny Oleksiak (52.99)

United States (USA) – 3:25.92
Luca Urlando (49.66)
Adam Chaney (48.25)
Amy Tang (54.18)
Gretchen Walsh (53.83)

As fast as Walsh’s anchor was, Israel’s Anastasia Gorbenko actually produced the quickest leg of all the women, anchoring her nation to a 7th place finish in 53.67. The aforementioned Minakov’s split represented the quickest of all the men.

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4 years ago

America ?? Not again. U are from USA not America

4 years ago

Urlando messed up taper 🙁

Reply to  GrameziPt
4 years ago

PB in the 100 free. A little slower than earlier in the week but that happens. And he had a tough double in his other events and still swam well. I wouldn’t worry

Reply to  GrameziPt
4 years ago

200 free was awesome, maybe he wanted to focus more on free events here?

4 years ago

Tang did great, but can I ask why she was in the relay and not Huske?

Reply to  Kate
4 years ago

I would guess that Huske already had two swims tonight (50 fly SF/100 free Final) while Tang was a relay only swimmer, so she was more “fresh” and ready to go.

Reply to  Kate
4 years ago

Does it matter? They won with a Junior World Record.

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