Javier Acevedo

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International Career

Acevedo made his debut for Canada aged 16 at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. In Nanjing, China Acevedo made the final in the 100 meter freestyle and finished ninth. He also swam the 200 and 50 freestyle finishing ninth and 12th respectively and the 100 meter backstroke where he finished 16th.

A year later Acevedo was back in the red and white of Canada at the World Junior Championships. He helped Canada to the gold medal in the mixed 400 meter freestyle relay and took the silver medal in the 50 meter backstroke. Acevedo also made the final in the 200 medley and 100 backstroke along with relays.

2016 Rio Olympic Games

Acevedo qualified for his first Olympic Games in style at the Canadian Trials. He broke the Junior World Record by 0.33 seconds en route to winning gold in the 100 meter backstroke. He lowered his previous best time of an impressive 1.57 seconds to touch in 53.67.

In Rio, the 18 year old just missed out on a semi-final spot. He finished 17th in 54.11.

University of Georgia

After his Olympic debut, Acevedo moved to Athens to become a Bulldog.

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