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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16-year-old Gretchen Walsh dipped under the 54-second threshold in the women’s freestyle for the first time in her young career en route to World Junior Championships gold.
After hitting a semi-final time of 54.25 last night to establish herself as the top swimmer in Budapest, the American fired off a monster new personal best mark of 53.74 to take the gold in the only sub-54 second outing of the entire field.
Walsh’s previous personal best entering this competition was the 54.13 she clocked at this summer’s U.S. Nationals. Flash forward to tonight’s swim, however, and the Nashville Aquatics Club star crushed that to pieces, winning the 100m free here in Budapest by .80. The next closest competitor was USA teammate Torri Huske who put up a super solid time of 54.54, just .02 off her own lifetime best. Australia’s Meg Harris touched in 54.58 for bronze.
Here is a comparison of Walsh’s 54.13 previous PB against her wicked-fast 53.74 from tonight:
25.83/28.30 = 54.13
25.57/28.17 = 53.74
With her swim, Walsh inches closer to Olympic icon Missy Franklin‘s National Age Record of 53.63 set back at the 2011 U.S. Nationals, now sitting just .11 away. But, Walsh did overtake Olympic champion in this event, Simone Manuel‘s PB from this age group of 53.86 that was ranked #2 behind Franklin.