7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships 2019
- 50-Meter Course
- Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
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- Day 6 Finals heat sheets
Men’s 1500m Freestyle – fastest heat
- WR 14:31.02 SUN Yang CHN London (GBR) 4 AUG 2012
- CR 14:56.60 HORTON Mack AUS Dubai (UAE) 31 AUG 2013
- WJ 14:51.55 HORTON Mack AUS Brisbane (AUS) 1 APR 2014
- Franko GRGIC CRO 14:46.09
- Thomas NEILL AUS 14:59.19
- Ilia SIBIRTSEV RUS 15:05.17
Franko Grgic of Croatia has broken the Championship Record World Junior Record in the men’s 1500m free with 14:46.09 at the World Junior Championships in Budapest on Sunday. He outswam silver medalist Thomas Neill of Australia and bronze medalist Ilia Sibirtsev of Russia. Mack Horton of Australia held both of the previous records. He set the Championships Record of 15:56.60 in Dubai in August of 2013 and he went on to set the World Junior Record in April 2014 in 14:51.55.
Grgic also lowered his own Croation National Record in the 1500 free, previously at 14:56.55.
Earlier in the meet, Grgic broke the World Junior Record, the Championships Record, and the Croatian National Record in the 800 on Thursday. He took eight seconds off of his time to shatter Marin Mogic’s previous record.
Earlier this year, Grgic became the youngest swimmer to ever go under 15 minutes in the men’s 1500m free.
By the 500 mark, Grgic was already 2 seconds ahead of the Championships Record pace. He increased that to a 7 second lead by the 1000 and then smashed the record by nearly 10 seconds. By the 100 mark, Grgic was a body length ahead of the next swimmer and by the end he was a a third of the pool length ahead.
Below is a comparison of Horton’s Championships Record time and Grgic’s time.
|Horton 2013 CR Running Time||Grgic’s Running Time|
|500m||4 :56.84||4 :54.84|
Thomas Neill of Australia finished 13 seconds behind for the silver medal, dropping 15 seconds from his seed time and clocking in at 14:59.19. Ilia Sibirtsev earned the bronze medal with a time of 15:05.17, improving his time by three seconds.
Grgic’s time makes him the sixth fastest 1500m swimmer in the world this year.