Leah Hayes Leads The United States To Top Of World Juniors Medal Table Through Day One


The first day of the 2023 World Junior Swimming Championships did not disappoint, as we saw our first World Junior Record bite the dust to kick things off.

The combination of Americans Daniel Diehl, Maximus Williamson, Hudson Williams and Jason Zhao downed the prior WJR in the boys’ 4x100m freestyle relay. Their time of 3:15.49 sliced .30 off of the old mark of 3:15.79, highlighted by Williamson’s blistering leg of 47.78 as the second swimmer.

The United States also got it done for gold in the girls’ 4x200m free relay, with Addison Sauickie, Leah Hayes, Lynsey Bowen and Madi Mintenko collectively clocking a winning effort of 7:52.48. That just out-touched the Australian team who got to the wall just .20 later for silver.

Hayes had earlier claimed gold in the girls’ 400m IM this session, producing a new Championships Record-setting result of 4:36.84.

All told, the United States claimed 3 golds on the night, giving the nation the lead in the overall medal table. Bulgaria is next in line, courtesy of Petar Mitsin‘s victory in the boys’ 400m free.

Australia sits 3rd, having earned 2 silvers, both coming in the relays.


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Paul Brown
5 months ago

Hayes should’ve been DQed. Watch the turn at the 200 in the 4 IM. She’s pretty much on her front.

Tracy Kosinski
5 months ago

Race video of girls 400 IM please 🙂

Jimmy DeSnuts
5 months ago

Simply more proof that the US is a young team and that the ’24 and ’28 Olympic games will be hell for Australia and the world

5 months ago

Hold on, it looks like Canada should be top of the table, right? 😉

Reply to  OAC
5 months ago

To quote the world, “Nope”!

VA Steve
5 months ago

Hold on as we had the spin of “add up the times and she wins” in the previous article. LOL.

Reply to  OAC
5 months ago

According to NBC, yes. According to reality, unfortunately not!

5 months ago

Although I am tempted to make a few remarks about Cate Campbell’s trashing TEAM USA, our national anthem, and our fans use of cowbells, I won’t.

Rather the women’s 4 X 200 meters free relay was a jump up ‘n’ down exciting race – Bravo to TEAM USA.
Of course, the men in the 4 x 1 did a lovely job and Maximus certainly lived up to his name with that 47+ split.
Leah Hayes – OMG – what will she do in the 200 m. IM? Can’t wait.

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