Michael Andrew Shaves Meet Record In 50 back At Jr World Champ Finals

Michael Andrew had a great day 4 at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships, adding a meet record in the 50 back to a two-medal day.

Andrew shaved the championship record in the 50 back by the narrowest of margins, going 25.13 after first setting the record to a 25.14 out of the morning heats a day earlier.

Prior to prelims, the meet record was a 25.44 from Grigory Tarasevich, meaning Andrew has now taken .31 seconds off the mark.

The swim would hold up as Andrew’s first gold medal of the competition and his second medal total. Andrew was also on the silver medal-winning mixed medley relay on day 2.

That 25.13 sits just .04 seconds off the junior world record held by Youth Olympic Games champ Evgeny Rylov of Russia. Rylov went 25.09 at that meet in 2014. Andrew, just 16, has about two and a half years left to chase that record per FINA’s system of determining age eligibility. Andrew doesn’t turn 19 until spring of 2018, meaning he has 2016 and 2017 still eligible for junior world records.

That 50 back was one of three swims for Andrew on day 4, all 50-meter events. He nabbed the silver medal in the 50 free final behind Australian age group star Kyle Chalmers and also took the top qualifying spot in semifinals of the 50 fly.

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It seems like he somehow improved this event while in South Africa. Can someone ask if he did something there specific to this event? I want to know how he improved this event.


he improved in every single event, and i guess it was training


No – I think 50 Bk was the only event he improved in while in South Africa. I have no idea what you are talking about.


Seems like this event improved while he was in South Africa. I want to know how he improved it.


This is crazy fast. The fastest time ever recorded by a Junior was 25.04 from Ryan Murphy a week before he turned 18. He did at the same meet that he went 53.38.

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