2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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Seventeen-year-old Regan Smith took down Missy Franklin‘s last remaining world record in the books Friday night at the 2019 FINA World Championships, and the recently-retired Franklin immediately took to Instagram to congratulate her.
She posted the following to her story:
Franklin followed it up with a full post.
“Well dear friend, we had a great run. Seven years and I couldn’t be more honored two have my 200 back World Record broken by @regansmith4, one of the sweetest and hard-working athletes I’ve ever known.”
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Well dear friend, we had a great run. Seven years and I couldn’t be more honored to have my 200 back World Record broken by @regansmith4, one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I’ve ever known. Keeping this World Record with an American flag by it means everything, and I was truly blown away watching Regan swim a 2:03.3 (yes, I typed that right) and absolutely smash it. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. People will forget your times, they’ll forget the color of your medals, but they will never, ever forget how you made them feel💕 I truly couldn’t be happier seeing my World Record go to someone who I believe at the bottom of my heart is one of the greatest inspirations and kindest humans in the world. Congratulations my dear @regansmith4💕 Thank you. For sharing your gift with us. You’re beyond a joy to watch.
The USA’s teenage phenom Smith broke the world junior record in prelims, but tonight in semis went straight for the big one. Smith knocked almost three seconds off her lifetime best, going 2:03.35. That took down Franklin’s former mark of 2:04.06 from her Olympic performance in 2012, making Smith the first woman to ever break 2:04. She touched the wall in her heat over three seconds ahead of Canada’s 100 back champion Kylie Masse (2:06.57).