Penny Oleksiak Breaks Own Junior World Record In Women’s 50 Fly

2016 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR – CANET EN ROUSSILLON

Rising Canadian star Penny Oleksiak broke her own Junior World Record in the women’s 50 fly A final at the 2nd stop of the Mare Nostrum Series in Canet en Roussillon, France. Oleksiak clocked 25.93, eclipsing her previous mark of 25.97 set at the Arena Pro SwiM Series in Charlotte in May.

Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark won gold in a time of 25.50, and Therese Alshammar of Sweden won silver in 25.87. Rikako Ikee of Japan, who is also eligible to set Junior World Records and currently holds the 50 free, finished just behind Oleksiak in 4th at 25.97.

Oleksiak moves past Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann in the 2015-16 world rankings, but remains in 9th as Alshammar improved from 10th into a tie for 7th with American Dana Vollmer.

2015-2016 LCM Women 50 FLY

2Francesca
HALSALL
gBR25.3505/16
3Jeanette
OTTESEN
DEN25.4405/17
4Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED25.6204/08
5Theresa
ALSHAMMAR
SWE25.7807/09
6Maike
de WAARD
NED25.8304/08
7Melanie
HENIQUE
FRA25.8404/02
8Dana
VOLLMER
USA25.8705/14
9Katerine
SAVARD
CAN25.9206/25
9Inge
DEKKER
NED25.9206/26
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Oleksiak will compete at her first Olympic Games this summer in Rio after qualifying in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 fly. Along with the 50 fly, she also holds the Junior World Record in the 100 free.

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Rhonda Cohen

Penny holds 4 world junior records (not 2): 50 fly, 100 fly (has been confirmed by FINA), 100 free and 4×100 mixed free relay.

Success or bust

First of all, congratulations to Penny!

Interesting that Swimming Canada will point to this outstanding swim as an indication of an improving program while at the same time removing stroke 50s from National Level Meets. I guess the message is that speed is OK if you are fast enough already – but developing speed has no value to swimmers trying to reach Penny’s level. Canadian Swimming will go a long way with this sort of logic!

What a complete mess these “Junior World Records” are. It´s pretty ridiculous that there are quite a few national junior records that’s faster than the official junior world records. Sweden´s junior records for women in the 50 fly, 100 fly and 100 free for example are all faster than the “Junior World Records” in those events.

Attila the Hunt

It is not a mess at all when you know that Junior World Records only recognize fastest swims from 2013 Dubai Junior World Championships onwards.

Of course i know that. That is what makes these records completely ludicrous. Have anyone at FINA given any real explanation as to why old results don´t count? Seriously, how long would it have taken to go back and check old results? A few hours, maybe? Many countries have had national junior records for decades, so a lot of records would have been very easy to check. They could just have set up a “provisional” list with the results they had found themself, and then let the national federations (or statistics nerds) send in corrections if there were mistakes on that list. I bet that within a week they would have had a completely accurate list. I guess that was… Read more »

Patrick S – I think the primary objection to retroactive records is that there are doping control rules on those who break the WJRs. They must undergo doping controls. Past record holders wouldn’t have necessarily undergone those tests.

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times (SCM): 50 FR - 24.70 100 FR - 53.88 200 FR - 1:56.12 1500 FR - 16:45.97 100 BK - …

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