The top two spots of the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships’ medal table remain the same, with Australia still leading the golds and America still leading the overall medal count through day 4. The real shake-up came a tad further down in the ranks, as newcomer Turkey, fueled by Viktoria Gunes’ double golds, has entered the top 5.
For Australia, the Dolphins added an impressive two golds to their total, with wins from Kyle Chalmers in the 50m freestyle and Tamsin Cook in the 400m freestyle. Two silvers were also tallied in the Dolphins’ column, with Matthew Wilson‘s victory in the 200m breaststroke, as well as with the men’s 800m freestyle relay’s 2nd place finish.
The American team also did some damage today, with Michael Andrew coming away with his best individual day yet, earning an individual gold medal in the 50m backstroke and silver in the 50m freestyle. Sierra Schmidt added to the stars n’ stripes’ haul with her silver in the 800m freestyle, and the men’s 800m freestyle relay wrapped up the night with a monster gold medal-winning effort, setting a new World Junior Record mark.
Russia remained strong on day 4, clinching victories from dependable breaststroker Anton Chupkov, as well as bronze results by Maria Kameneva in the 50m butterfly and the men’s 800m freestyle team.
As mentioned, with the sole performances by Gunes, she yanked her country of Turkey up from 8th to 4th in the gold medal rankings via her two gold medal swims. She first clocked the victory in the 100m breaststroke, then followed that up with a new meet record in the 200m IM. But, that’s where the line will most likely end for Gunes. Although she is entered in the women’s 100m butterfly, she’s not seeded within the top 8, making her run for gold more possible than probable.