Croatia Gets On The Board, But America Dominates World Junior Medals


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America continues to wreak havoc on the overall medal table at the 2019 World Junior Championships, carrying 8 golds into day 4. Russia is holding fast as the 2nd place nation, with 10 medals in all, but just 2 golds up until this point.

Italy and Canada are in a fierce battle for 3rd at the moment with 2 golds apiece, but Italy has an overall 2 medal advantage over the North American country headed into Friday.

Croatia is the new nation added to the medal table after today’s action, with Franko Grgic producing a new National Record in the men’s 800m free en route to gold. The multi-European Youth Olympic Games gold medalist clocked a winning time tonight of 7:45.92 to beat the field and get his country on the board with gold.

Canada’s Jade Hannah doubled up on her 100m backstroke gold with a 200m back win tonight to help her nation remain in the top 5.

Russia’s Andrei Minakov topped the men’s 100m fly podium in a time of 51.25, while a pair of Americans finished 1-2 in the women’s 100m free. Gretchen Walsh got it done in a new personal best of 53.74, while Torri Huske hit the wall in 54.54.

To end the night, the American foursome of Luca UrlandoAdam Chaney, Amy Tang, and Walsh combined to produce a new World Junior Record in the mixed 4x100m free relay. Their time of 3:25.92 made history as the fastest ever for juniors and gave America another gold here in Budapest.

World Junior Championships Medal Table Through Day 3:

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 8 4 4 16
2 Russia 2 5 3 10
3 Italy 2 1 4 7
4 Canada 2 1 2 5
5 Australia 1 2 2 5
6 Hungary 1 1 2
7 Spain 1 1
7 Croatia 1 1
8 Great Britain 1 1 2
9 Sweden 1 1
9 Japan 1 1
9 Austria 1 1
10 Brazil 1 1
10 Greece 1 1
Totals 18 18 18 54

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America?? U mean USA. America is not only USA. I am American too and i am from Argentina

二郎 バーニングじ

Lol you do realize that outside of the Americas most people from other countries use the term “American” to simply denote people from the USA. I’m from Japan, most here in Asia have the same usage. Get over it dude.

二郎 バーニングじ

Lol you do realize that most countries outside of the Americas use the term “American” to simply denote USA nationals. I’m from Japan, and here in Asian we use it synonymously with USA. Get over it, it’s just a term.


For me, the two most exciting men’s races SO FAR have been the 200 free where Luca Urlando took the gold in a thrilling finish, AND Carson Forster just blistering the field in the 200 IM while taking the gold to boot!
On the women’s side, it HAD to be the 100 free with Walsh and Huske going 1 + 2 for a sweep of the top medals!


Not biased at all Mike


Well he did say “for me”


‘Biased’ denotes a deliberate attempt or actual deed in which one person (me) tries to present reality in a manner that is maliciously distorted – a kind of ‘fake news’ given the verbal argot of the day. No, ‘SAMESAME’ this is not an act of ‘bias’ but, as stated both above (me) and below (TXSWIMDAD) this is my considered opinion, nothing more or less. As an American, do you really find it odd that “for me” I would highlight the accomplishments of my country- men and women?
Oh, please – take 2 Aspirin, but don’t call me in the morning.

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