Jan Cejka Lowers Newly-Minted Czech Record En Route To 50 Back Gold


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After firing off a new Czech National Record in last night’s semi-finals of the men’s 50m backstroke here in Budapest, Jan Cejka lowered his newly-minted mark even further en route to gold tonight.

While competing in the finals of the 50m back at these World Junior Championships, the 18-year-old hit the wall in a time of 25.08, stunning the field from lane 3 and hacking .14 off of his 25.22 record set last night.

Cejka’s best time coming into the meet was 25.69; his big breakout season came in 2018, where he dropped over a second in this 50 back and almost as much in the 100 back.

Cejka was the European Junior Champion in the 200 back in July and also took a bronze medal in the 100 back. His 200 back there of 1:57.51 is also a Czech Record.

Finishing behind the Czech in tonight’s 50m back final for silver was USA’s David Wyatt who touched in 25.23, while Italy’s Thomas Ceccon got on the board for bronze in a mark of 25.35.

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