7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2019
- 50-Meter Course
- Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
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- Live results
MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL
- WR– 4:03.84, Michael PHELPS (USA), 2008
- CR– 4:14.65, Hugo GONZALEZ (ESP), 2017
- WJR– 4:13.39, Carson FOSTER (USA), 2019
Greece’s Apostolos Papastamos torched the World Junior Record and Championships Record in the final of the men’s 400 IM in Budapest on Saturday night. He also took down the Greek national record of 4:14.41, set in 2012 by Ioannis Drymonakos at the European Championships. The previous World Junior Record of 4:13.39 had been set by USA’s Carson Foster at the 2019 U.S. National Championships. Foster was in the final of the 400 IM on Saturday night at World Juniors but he placed sixth with 4:17.39.
Hugo Gonzalez of Spain had set the Championships Record in this event at 2017 World Juniors in Indianapolis. He went 4:14.65 to win gold to beat Gunnar Bentz’s meet record of 4:14.97 from 2013.
Papastamos had a monster second half of the race. He was in fourth place after the butterfly, going out in 57.49. By the end of the backstroke he had moved into second place behind Foster, who at that point was 2/10 under his WJR pace with 2:00.89. With a split of 1:10.58 on the breaststroke, though, Papastamos moved into first place and was a full body length under the WJR record line. Russia’s Ilia Borodin, who split 1:10.69 on the breast, had moved to second place. Papastamos led Borodin by 6/10, while Foster had fallen back to third place by three seconds. Papastamos brought it home in 59.81
Below is a side-by-side comparison of Papastamos’s World Junior Record with that of Foster from July and Gonzalez’s from 2017:
|Apostolos Papastamos, World Juniors||1st 50||2nd 50||100||Running||Carson Foster, US Nationals||1st 50||2nd 50||100||Running||Hugo Gonzalez 2017||1st 50||2nd 50||100||Running|
Borodin took the silver medal in the World Junior Championships final with 4:12.95, also finishing under the previous World Junior Record. France’s Léon Marchand surged past USA’s Jason Louser over the final 50 meters to snatch the bronze medal with 4:16.37.
PAPASTAMOS Apostolos 🇬🇷 wins in Men's 400m Medley with a brand new World Junior Record!
— FINA (@fina1908) August 24, 2019