Carson Foster Takes 200 IM Gold At World Juniors In New Personal Best 1:58.46


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17-year-old Carson Foster of the United States just clinched gold in the men’s 200m IM, ripping a new World Junior Championships Record of 1:58.46. The Cincinnati native’s outing overtook the previous meet mark of 1:59.03 set by Germany’s Johannes Hintze at the 2017 edition of this competition in Indianapolis.

Entering Budapest, Foster’s personal best in this event rested at the 1:58.69 he clocked at this year’s U.S. Nationals. That time checked in as the 2nd fastest ever by an American 17-18-year-old, sitting only behind Olympic legend Michael Phelps’ seemingly untouchable 1:55.94 from 2003’s U.S. Nationals.

This was especially impressive considering Foster also raced the final of the men’s 200m free tonight, where he clocked a 5th place-worthy time of 1:47.47.

Foster’s 1:58.69:

25.39 ——–
55.19 (29.80)
1:30.02 (34.83)
1:58.69 (28.67)
Foster’s 1:58.46:

25.35 ———
55.08 (29.73)
1:29.79 (34.71)
1:58.64 (28.67)

Foster entered these Championships as the #1 seeded swimmer, holding the only sub-1:59 second time of the bunch. Runner-up this evening was Finlay Knox of Canada, who produced a big-time personal best of 1:59.44 to dip under the 2:00 threshold for the first time in his young career.

Greece’s Apostolos Papastamos, the man who took both the 200m IM and 400m IM victories at this year’s European Youth Olympic Festival, notched 1:59.62 to take the bronze. That’s also a new personal best for the Greek by .31.

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Mrs. Swimming

You sure Phelps’ 17-18 record was at 2013 U.S. Nationals and not 2003? 😉

Joe Swimmer

According to the official results from Omega Timing, Foster’s final 50 split was 28.67, which is identical to the freestyle split from his previous best time from Nationals.


Yes, otherwise it would be 1.58.09


USA is lucky to have another stud IM’er: Phelps, Lochte, Kalisz….Carson is next in line.

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