Australia Remains Atop Medals Table as Americans Slip to 3rd

After four days out of six at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships, the American men continue to slide down the medal table while the Australians and Russians look very, very good.

That’s the opposite story from the American women, who have been rocketing up and dominating the competition with 10 total medals, and four golds.

The reasons for difference in performance between the two groups is not immediately obvious. Yes, the American men are without some of their key junior performers (Santo Condorelli, Ryan Murphy), but the American women are as well (Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel). The American women’s ranks are clearly deeper than the men’s at the present time, though of course this could be just a developmental difference between boys and girls as anything (boys medals go to “early developers” at these sorts of meets, whereas the girls are all more at an even plane of development).

Either way, kudos go to the Australians for remaining on top of the medals table. With so much struggle at senior level meets as of late, the juniors continue to carry a big load of the country’s swimming hopes. Many in Swimming Australia have expressed the desire to be on top of the Olympic swimming medal table before too long, and with the success of their junior team, that may not be as much of a pipe-dream as it might initially sound like.

The medals table is below, followed by the points standings through 4 days.

MEN Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
Australia 5 1 0 6
Russia 3 3 3 9
Great Britain 1 2 0 3
USA 1 1 4 6
Japan 1 0 2 3
Greece 1 0 1 2
Czech Republic 0 1 1 2
Brazil 0 1 0 1
Lithuania 0 1 0 1
Hungary 0 1 0 1
Germany 0 1 0 1
Poland 0 0 1 1
Italy 0 0 1 1
WOMEN Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
USA 4 5 1 10
Lithuania 3 1 0 4
Australia 2 3 1 6
Russia 2 0 2 4
Hong Kong 1 0 0 1
Great Britain 0 1 2 3
Hungary 0 1 1 2
Ukraine 0 1 1 2
Canada 0 0 2 2
Italy 0 0 1 1
Japan 0 0 1 1
Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
MIXED Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
Russia 1 0 1 2
Australia 1 0 0 1
USA 0 1 1 2
Lithuania 0 1 0 1
TOTAL Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
Australia 8 4 1 13
Russia 6 3 6 15
USA 5 7 6 18
Lithuania 3 3 0 6
Great Britain 1 2 0 3
Japan 1 0 3 4
Greece 1 0 1 2
Hong Kong 1 0 0 1
Hungary 0 2 1 3
Czech Republic 0 1 1 2
Ukraine 0 1 1 2
Brazil 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 0 2 2
Canada 0 0 2 2
Poland 0 0 1 1

Team Rankings – Through Event 28

Women – Team Scores
Place Team                                            Points
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1 United States of America           USA             321
2 Australia                          AUS             230
3 Canada                             CAN             165.5
4 Russia                             RUS             158
5 Japan                              JPN             135.5
6 Great Britain                      GBR             109.5
7 Italy                              ITA              91
8 Lithuania                          LTU              79
9 Hungary                            HUN              77
10 Ukraine                            UKR              72
11 Slovenia                           SLO              57
12 Brazil                             BRA              53.5
13 Mexico                             MEX              51
13 Germany                            GER              51
15 South Africa                       RSA              38
16 Hong Kong                          HKG              26
17 Sweden                             SWE              19
18 Czech Republic                     CZE              17
18 France                             FRA              17
20 Austria                            AUT              10
21 Turkey                             TUR               9
22 Poland                             POL               8
23 Slovakia                           SVK               6
24 New Zealand                        NZL               4
24 China                              CHN               4
26 Portugal                           POR               3
27 Bahamas                            BAH               1

Men – Team Scores
Place Team                                            Points
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1 United States of America           USA             243
2 Russia                             RUS             227.5
3 Australia                          AUS             206
4 Brazil                             BRA             164.5
5 Japan                              JPN             142
6 Canada                             CAN             128
7 Poland                             POL             111
8 Great Britain                      GBR             106
9 Italy                              ITA              95
10 Greece                             GRE              51.5
11 Germany                            GER              49.5
12 South Africa                       RSA              47
13 Lithuania                          LTU              45
14 Trinidad & Tobago                  TRI              34
15 Hungary                            HUN              32
16 Czech Republic                     CZE              31
17 France                             FRA              29
18 Kazakhstan                         KAZ              26
19 Venezuela                          VEN              25
20 Egypt                              EGY              21
21 Mexico                             MEX              15
22 Ukraine                            UKR              11
23 Austria                            AUT              10
23 Suriname                           SUR              10
25 New Zealand                        NZL               6
26 Portugal                           POR               5
27 Jamaica                            JAM               4
28 Romania                            ROU               3
28 Croatia                            CRO               3
28 Sweden                             SWE               3
31 Uzbekistan                         UZB               1

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bobo gigi

With Ledecky, Manuel and Murphy, USA would be well ahead. 🙂

Probably, but put in account almost every country left a star at home.Australia leave Graham out, Brazil, their best sprinter,
Even so, the level of Junior Champs is amazing.CR in almost every event.

aswimfan

Just like in the senior team, obviously USA would win these junior worlds easily if they had sent all their top juniors, but other countries such as Australia also did not send all their top juniors (Jordan Harrison, Alexander Graham, Amy Matsuo, etc).

The more important question is:
Where is the french??

aussierules

You are european, so you should also know that some russians are not in very good shape. Ustinova, Baklakova and Tarasevich, to name just 3. The europeans consider the European Junior Championship more important than World Championship.

coach

Ridiculous selection process leads to these results. Thank goodness our World Championship roster was only selected at one meet so that those athletes could return their focus to Barcelona with plenty of time to prepare to dominate.

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