7TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
- 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)
- 50-meter (LCM) course
- Meet site
- Entries book
- FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
- Live results
17-year-old Lani Pallister of Australia busted out a new meet record in the women’s 800m freestyle tonight in Budapest, competing on night 2 of the 2019 World Junior Championships. Firing off a winning time of 8:22.49, Pallister not only took gold in the race but also rolled right over the previous CR of 8:25.22 set by Pan American Games multi-medalist Delfina Pignatiello from the 2017 edition of this meet.
Pallister’s personal best entering this competition was 8:25.66 she registered at this year’s Aussie World Championships Trials. Prior to that, the Cotton Tree athlete produced a time of 8:28.54 for gold in the event, reaping the Australian Age Championships title, along with the 200m and 400m free races.
Tonight, however, Pallister powered her way to a remarkable swim, one that etches her name into Australian swimming history.
Pallister’s effort now ranks her as the 2nd fastest 17-year-old performer ever in this women’s 800m freestyle among Australians. She sits only behind 400m free World Champion Ariarne Titmus, who holds the Age Record at an eye-popping 8:17.07 from last year’s Pan Pacific Championships.
When looking at Aussie women of all ages, Pallister now slides into slot #3, sitting only behind the aforementioned Titmus, as well as former Aussie National Record holder Jess Ashwood‘s 8:18.14 from 2016.
Splits for Pallister’s outing tonight:
Finishing behind Pallister tonight was another one of our ‘women to watch’ entering this meet, 17-year-old Miyu Namba, who hit the wall in 8:27.24, her first time ever under 8:30 in the event. Bronze went to Italy’s Giulia Salin, who produced a mark of 8:28.99. Salin had won the Europan Junior Championships title earlier this summer in a time there in Kazan of 8:29.19.