While Australians older junior-level swimmers are tearing up the pool at the World Junior Championships in Dubai, the Japanese Junior Olympic Cup in Tokyo is hosting 13 younger Australians.
The star of the meet thus far has been Matthew Wilson, who in two days has broken a pair of Australian Age Records for 14-year olds: one of which was very old.
Wilson first won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.67, which broke the 1:05.75 set by Regan Harrison back in 1993.
Then, on Thursday, he swam a 2:20.76, which broke Lennard Bremer’s 2009 record of 2:21.14, set in 2009. He was only 6th in that race, though, showing the strength of the Japanese Juniors.
Among other standout times were 15-year old budding sprint star Kyle Chalmers, who took 2nd in the “championship category,” which is open to all junior level swimmers, of the 100 free in 50.93.
The 15-16 group in the 100 free went to Damian Fyfe in 51.95, and the 15-16 200 free win went to him as well in 1:51.07.