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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A sizzling 1:54.36 anchor leg from Penny Oleksiak propelled the Canadian women to a new National Record in the 800 free relay, winning the bronze medal in the process.
The team of Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck, Emily Overholt and Oleksiak combined for a time of 7:44.35, knocking over a second off the previous mark of 7:45.39 set at the 2016 Olympic Games (where they also took bronze).
Oleksiak also split sub-1:55 on the relay in Rio at 1:54.94. She made the individual 200 free final here in Gwangju, but has yet to break 1:56 individually. Ruck joined her on the Olympic relay while both were just 16, while Katerine Savard and Brittany Maclean were the other two.
|Canada, 2016 Olympics||Canada, 2019 Worlds|
|Savard – 1:57.91||Sanchez – 1:57.32|
|Ruck – 1:56.18||Ruck – 1:56.41|
|Maclean – 1:56.36||Overholt – 1:56.26|
|Oleksiak – 1:54.94||Oleksiak – 1:54.36|
Sanchez’s lead-off leg of 1:57.32 was less than a tenth off her PB from last summer’s Pan Pacs (1:57.23), and Overholt split a full second under her flat start best time. Ruck was the only one who was a bit off her best, almost two seconds slower than her National Record of 1:54.44.
Oleksiak’s split was the fastest flying leg in the field, though Ariarne Titmus was faster on the lead-off in 1:54.27 for a new Commonwealth Record. She led the Aussies to gold and a new world record of 7:41.50, while the American squad broke their National Record for silver in 7:41.87.
The previous world record stood at 7:42.08 from China back at the 2009 Championships in Rome.
It’s worth noting that Ruck (200 free) and Oleksiak (100 free) both had surprising withdrawals from arguably their best events here in Gwangju, while Swimming Canada puts an increased emphasis on the relays.