As if qualifying for the Olympic team wasn’t enough, Javier Acevedo broke the junior world record in the 100m backstroke en route to his first place finish.
Acevedo was out in a 26.48 and came back spinning with a 27.19 final 50 in order to win the race in a time of 53.67. That time took a huge 0.36-second chunk off the previous 100m backstroke junior world record of 54.03 held by Aspostolos Christou of Greece.
Although Acevedo’s time is the world junior record, the fastest time ever recorded by a male swimmer in that age range was a 53.38 by Ryan Murphy when he was 17. Murphy recorded that swim before FINA began recording age group records.
Acevedo’s new junior world record dipped under the FINA ‘A’ qualifying time, securing his spot on the Canadian squad for the Olympics in Rio this summer.
Entering the meet with a 55.24 seed time, Acevedo took an incredible 1.57-seconds off his personal best time in order to take down defending national champion Russell Wood.
Acevedo was also just three one-hundredths shy of Pascal Wollach’s 53.63 Canadian record that he set back in 2009 in the super-suit era.
That makes Acevedo’s time the fastest non-suited swim ever done by a Canadian. Previously Charles Francis’ 53.91 from the London Olympic Games was the fastest non-suited swim.
Acevedo will also be competing in the 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke, and the 200m IM to conclude this competition before hopping in the pool to begin his Olympic preparation.