Foster’s 1:46.10 Anchor Helps Power Americans To New 800 Free Relay WJR


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Another day and another relay record went down at the World Junior Championships, courtesy of the United States. This time it was the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay that blasted a new meet mark en route to gold, with the combination of Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Jake Mitchell and Carson Foster powering their way to the top of the podium in 7:08.37.

Australia’s 400m free silver medalist and 800m free bronze medaist Thomas Neill got his nation off to a quick start, leading the field in a time of 1:47.58. That was over half a second ahead of USA’s Magahey who led-off in 1:48.11, although Magahey’s split was his best-ever by over half a second.

Urlando maintained the 2nd place position with a split of 1:47.13 against Russia’s Aleksandr Shchegolev‘s big-time 1:46.36 that bumped his nation ahead of Australia to take the lead, at least temporarily.

Urlando handed off to Mitchell who threw down 1:47.03, which led to Foster blasting an eye-catching 1:46.10, the fastest of the entire field, to seal the deal and give the stars n’ stripes the win in 7:08.37.

The Americans’ outing tonight obliterated the previous WJR mark of 7:10.95 established by Hungary back at the 2017 edition of these World Junior Championships.

Splits for the previous WJR by Hungary included:

Richárd Márton (1:48.68)
Kristóf Milák (1:47.52)
Balázs Holló (1:48.23)
Nándor Németh (1:46.52)

Splits for tonight’s final included the following:


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nearly 2,5 seconds faster than any other anchor from Russia or Australia !! Amazing , closing on the 1.45 rolling start barrier …Usa needs that other 1.45 low or high next year .


3 of 4 still have another year of high school and puberty. Who makes it onto the Olympic team from this relay? Also I was impressed with Carson swim after a sub 200 free individual race


True. They are amazing. But some teams put their fastest first. And Australia had a 16 year old on their team too although he did 1.48


Realistically that 4×200 spot might be his best shot next summer and team USA needs swimmers swimming out of there suits like that next summer too.

Ol' Longhorn

USA needs some 1:44s. We’ve had 1:45’s for years.

Irish Ringer

Truth, however we no longer need a 49.5 100 fly because we’ve got that 😉


It’s a shame he only likes his heroes sub 49.5 in the 100 fly


Keep forcing on 400IM worked a blinder for Phelps Lochte Clary Bentz Dwyer Etc for the 200free, he gonna get bigger just by age and stronger, keep backending everything until speed just comes easier in his early twenties.
After this meet I’d say 400IM / 200free are his best options and fall perfectly been day 1/2/3.
200IM and bk he needs some luck next year.
I can see some big names been locked out next year to Urlando and foster on 4x200free.

Jalen Stimes

Almost a second and a half faster than in the individual!!

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