Championship Records Fall by the Handful on Day 1 of Gymnasiade

We’ve managed to track down full results for the first day of competition of the Gymnasiade in Brasilia, Brazil. After first reporting that Ruta Meilutyte won the 50 breast in the first of four days of competition, it turns out that she wasn’t the only record-breaking swimmer at the event. In fact, Championship Records went down in all finals but one on Friday.

Read more about Meilutyte’s record, and the meet setup, here. The swimming is all in long course meters, for athletes aged 13-17.

First, Britain’s Harry Ackland won the boys’ 50 breaststroke in 29.17, followed by his teammate Jack Burton in 29.45.

Then, after Meilutyte’s 30.65 in the women’s 50 breaststroke race, Italy’s Simone Sabbion won the boys’ 100 back in 55.29. That’s a long ways from his season best (about three seconds), but it was a new Championship Record and blew away the competition here.

The lone non-record breaking swim came in the women’s 100 back, where Britain’s Brittany Horton was a 1:03.24 to just out-touch Italy’s Ambra Esposito in 1:03.25. For the 15-year old Horton, that’s one of the better times in her age group in British history.

Finland’s Fanny Teijonsalo was 3rd in 1:03.86.

In the men’s 200 free, Another Italian youngster, 17-year old Nicolangelo di Fabio, won the 200 free in 1:49.87 ahead of Hungary’s Norbert Szabo in 1:50.41. Di Fabio continues to impress this year, and puts himself in position to be on the Italian long course European Championship roster in 2014 as still a teenager.

One final Meet Record went down in the last race of the session, the women’s 200 free. There, Melinda Novoszath from Hungary won the 200 free in 2:03.12, followed by her country mate Nikolett Kiss in 2:03.68.

Full Meet Results so far can be seen in this bulletin, beginning on page 37.

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