Andrei Minakov, Lani Pallister Named Swimmers of the Meet at World Juniors


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Russia’s Andrei Minakov and Australia’s Lani Pallister were named the Male and Female Swimmers of the Meet, respectively, on Sunday at the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

The 17-year old Minakov was able to carry his success through to yet another big meet this summer in an incredible run of championship success for him. After winning 4 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze medal at the European Junior Swimming Championships and an individual silver in the 100 fly at the World Championships, this week Minakov won gold in the 100 free, gold in the 100 fly, gold in the men’s 400 medley relay, silver in the men’s 400 free relay, silver in the mixed 400 free relay, and silver in the mixed 400 medley relay. In ttoal, that adds up to 3 gold and 3 silver medals at the meet. That gives him 13 total ranking points (with 0 bonus points for records) and the title of Male Swimmer of the Meet – which doesn’t include relay medals won.

Men – Top 10 Point Scorers

  1. Andrei Minakov, Russia – 13 points
  2. (TIE) Franko Grgic, Croatia/Thomas Ceccon, Italy – 12 points
  3. (TIE) Wyatt Davis, USA/Vladislav Gerasimenko, Russia/Luca Urlando, USA – 10 points
  4. (TIE) – Apostolos Papastamos, Greece/Josh Matheny, USA – 9 points
  5. (TIE) – Thomas Neill, Australia/Carson Foster/USA – 8 points

Men – Top 10 Event Performances by FINA Points

  1. Franko Grgic, Croatia, men’s 1500 free – 14:46.09 (949 points)
  2. Josh Matheny, USA, men’s 200 breaststroke – 2:09.40 (938 points)
  3. Shoma Sato, Japan, men’s 200 breaststroke – 2:09.56 (934 points)
  4. Gabor Zombori, Hungary, men’s 400 free – 3:46.06 (922 points)
  5. Thomas Neill, australia, men’s 400 free – 3:46.27 (920 points)
  6. Andrei Minakov, Russia, men’s 100 fly – 51.25 (918 points)
  7. Thomas Ceccon, Italy, men’s 100 backstroke – 53.46 (912 points)
  8. Luca Urlando, USA, men’s 200 fly – 1:55.02 (911 points)
  9. Yuta Arai, Japan, men’s 200 breaststroke – 2:10.84 (907 points)
  10. (TIE) Aleksandr Egorov, Russia, men’s 400 free – 3:47.36/Apostolos Papastamos, Greece, 400 IM – 4:11.93 (906 points)

*Best performance by swimmer only

On the women’s side of the pool, it was Australia’s Lani Pallister who took the biggest haul. She won individual gold medals in the three longest freestyle events of the meet: the 400 free (4:05.42), the 800 free (8:22.49), and the 1500 free (15:58.85); and also won a silver medal in the 200 free (1:58.09). Those finishes went along with silver in the women’s 400 free relay and 800 free relay as a finals swimmer.

That scored Pallister 18 points and made her the top overall individual scorer in the meet under FINA’s points system.

Women – Top 10 Point Scorers

  1. Lani Pallister, Australia – 18 points
  2. (TIE) Jade Hannah, Canada/Torri Huske, USA – 13 points
  3. (TIE) – Alba Vazquez, Spain/Evgeniia Chikunova, Russia/Gretchen Walsh, USA – 10 points
  4. Claire Curzan, USA – 7 points
  5. (TIE) Kayla van der Merwe, Great Britain/Anastasiya Shkurdai, Belarus/Erika Fairweather, New Zealand – 6 points

Women – Top 10 Event Performances by FINA Points

  1. Jade Hannah, Canada, women’s 100 back – 59.63 (920 points)
  2. Bronte Job, Australia – women’s 50 back – 27.83 (911 points)
  3. Benedetta Pilato, Italy – women’s 50 breast – 30.35 (909 points)
  4. (TIE) Claire Curzan, USA – women’s 100 back – 1:00.00/Daria Vaskina, Russia – women’s 50 back – 27.91 (903 points)
  5. Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia – women’s 50 back – 27.94/Eveniia Chikunova, Russia – women’s 200 breast – 2:24.03 (900 points)
  6. Lani Pallister, Australia – women’s 800 free – 8:22.49
  7. Anastasia Makarova, Russia – women’s 200 breast – 2:24.39
  8. Gretchen Walsh, USA, women’s 100 free – 53.74

*Best performance by swimmer only

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4 years ago

I just looked at the results of past junior world championships to see how many of the medallists also won individual medals at senior world championships (olympic events only) or olympic games (i hope i didn’t forget anyone) until now:

McEvoy, Gkolomeev, Detti, Paltrinieri, Hagino, Murphy
B. Campbell, K. Watanabe, Fu Yuanhui
Interesting notes:
– Evan Pinion won both the 800 and 1500 free ahead of Detti and Paltrinieri
– Pebley won the 200 back ahead of Hagino and Murphy
– Shemberev won the 400 IM, Hagino only won bronze
– B. Campbell was 3rd in the 100 free behind Neal and Van Landeghem
– Fu Yuanhui won bronze in the… Read more »

4 years ago

I guess Hungary is a good host, but still i think it is kind of sad that they host so many competitions (2017 world championships, 2019 junior world championships, 2020 european championships), while countries like Germany, GB, Australia, the US, France, Italy or Japan barely ever host any major competitions.

4 years ago

Tough calls to make (for the male swimmer) but I agree with the final choice. I regret that Ceccon did not swim the 100 free. With those times, he could have easily grabbed silver, if not gold (I remember him crossing in the 48” territory already in 2018).

Reply to  Luigi
4 years ago

There is absolutely no reason to think that he could have won gold here …
He had a 48.59 split (with a 0.25 reaction time -> roughly 49.0 flat start) in the 400 free relay final and a 48.65 split (with a 0.15 reaction time -> roughly 49.1 flat start) in the mixed 400 free relay final + Minakov had a 47.9 split in one of the relays. I agree that he could have grabbed silver or bronze, but the same applies to other guys who didn’t compete here (for example Richards from GB). I think he should definitely focus on the 100 back going forward. I don’t see him becoming a medal contender in the 100 free or… Read more »

Reply to  AnEn
4 years ago

The truth is, his call is probably the 200 IM, because he excels in the 50s of 3 strokes and has very respectable times in the 100. He came along in an era where the level of competition in those strokes, in individual races, is phenomenal.

4 years ago

Something is wrong with the points table … how can times that wouldn’t get you anywhere near a world championship final (men’s 200 breast) be as valuable as/more valuable than times that would give you a safe spot in the final (men’s 200 fly, men’s 1500 free) or even give you a medal (men’s 100 fly, men’s 400 IM)?

Reply to  AnEn
4 years ago

The points are related to how close they are from the world record (sènior)

Reply to  Seethewordlswim
4 years ago

Ok, but i am not sure even that would “justify” those points. How is a performance that is 3.3 seconds slower than the 200 breastroke world record more valuable than a performance that is 6 seconds slower than the 400 free world record?
By this logic 2:09:40 should give the same points as 3:46.6 in the 400 free (3:40.0 (world record) + 2 x 3.3 seconds).

Also: Grgic’s 1500 free times is 15 seconds slower than the world record, if we divide that by 7.5 (1500/200 = 7.5) we get 2, so Grgic’s 1500 free time would be equivalent to 2:08.1 in the 200 breastroke. How can his performance (equivalent to 2:08.1 in the 200 breast) only be 11… Read more »

4 years ago

Can we see the scoring system?

4 years ago

I think that every swimmer competing at the meet has been highly impressed by Grgic’ performances.
The 16 year Grgic was at his first experience at a Junior high-level event (he didn’t participate at Eurojuniors, but only at Eyof before this Junior Worlds) and he dominated both 800 and 1500 free with huge times. And the way he did it!.
Just to give a reference: 14.46.09 at 16 when Paltrinieri best time at 18 was 14.48.92.

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Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

He’s great. . I’m sure he was a close 2nd but there’s vibes . Minakov brought senior glam to the meet . We all want these boys to continue in the sport & with Minakov they have someone to look up to . Its s big hurdle for these boys to enter senior ranks . There are examples of baulking & just not being psychologically ready which I won’t note because its not fair .

Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

What? You think that guys like Ceccon, Urlando, Minakov and so on have nothing else to do than to wonder about some guy they will never even compete against? What the hell is it with you italian guys and Grgic? Half of the comments in the junior world championship articles are about Grgic when he hasn’t even put up a time so far that would put him anywhere near a medal in the big boys game, while at the same time Minakov in the 100 fly or the greek guy in the 400 IM put up times that are actually competitive at senior level and almost noone is talking about? I would guess that if the swimmers at this meet… Read more »

Reply to  AnEn
4 years ago

Minakov (17) silver medalist in the 100 fly at Gwangju, multi-medalist at last YOG in Buenos Aires, and competing at his second Junior Worlds was already well-known and appreciated. He has been the strongest male swimmer at these Champs in Budapest. About the great 400 Im won by Papastamos I’ve already written a lot. But already Papastamos (18), double Eurojuniors champion in the medleys, was already known, even if not at this level.
Grgic was unknown on the high-level Junior stage and he immediately “stole the show”.

4 years ago

Thomas Neill (born in June 2002), ninth as point-scorer, has had an incredibly consistent Junior Worlds, improving in every race till last day.
First day: 400 free 3.46.27 (previous PB 3.49.98) and a 49.42 in the fourth leg of 400 free relay. Second day: 200 free 1.47.66 (previous PB 1.49.18). Third day: 800 free 7.48.65 (previous PB 7.59.05). Fourth day 1.47.58 (new PB) in the lead-off of 800 free relay. Last day: 14.59.19 in the 1500 free (previous PB 15.15.95) and 49.14 in the free-leg of 400 medley relay.

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

I was waiting for the first new star to turn up since Matt Brown was given the job .at Rackely . I thought it might be snother sprinter like Ning Zetao but its Thomas ! . And surprisingly a all distance freestyler. Bronte Job is also his .

Matt was the long time coach of Seebohm , Lewis , McLoughlin & the one that took Brittany Elmslie to Olympic relay gold . For those who tnink China swimming is hard I suggest you read what Ning had to say after joining Matt at his former Melbourne club .

4 years ago

Deserved from both. Pallister was impressive and dominant, the Ledecky of the junior scene. Cant complain with the choice of Minakov although Ceccon and Grgic had awesome meets as well. Great meet for Matheny, showing range in the breaststroke and huge promises going forward.

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