Russia Claims Youth Olympic Games Swimming Crown

2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games wrapped up last night in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the nation of Russia racing away as the clear leader of the swimming medal table. They capped their competition off with a total of 19 medals, including 13 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.

The duo of Andrei Minakov and Kliment Kolesnikov wreaked havoc across their respective events, with the former nailing golds in the 100m free, 50m fly and 100m fly, while the latter crushed a backstroke sweep. Russia also took home 4 relay gold medals across the competition.

Hungary saw its budding freestyle star Ajna Kesely take home 3 golds, winning the women’s 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, while flymeister Kristof Milak topped the podium in the 200m fly. Milak was also successful in the 200m and 400m free events.

A record number of 33 nations appear on the swimming medal table, signifying a wide-spread of young talent around the world. The United States produced just 1 medal, Rhyan White’s bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke. As such, the nation tied South Korea, Egypt and Spain for 33rd place, a rare ranking for the typical powerhouse that is the United States.

Medal table

*   Host nation (Argentina)

 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia (RUS) 13 4 2 19
2  Hungary (HUN) 7 1 0 8
3  China (CHN) 3 4 2 9
4  Japan (JPN) 2 2 4 8
5  Czech Republic (CZE) 2 0 1 3
6  Italy (ITA) 1 3 5 9
7  Australia (AUS) 1 3 2 6
8  Lithuania (LTU) 1 1 1 3
 Norway (NOR) 1 1 1 3
 Sweden (SWE) 1 1 1 3
11  South Africa (RSA) 1 1 0 2
12  Israel (ISR) 1 0 1 2
13  Moldova (MDA) 1 0 0 1
 Vietnam (VIE) 1 0 0 1
15  Brazil (BRA) 0 3 0 3
16  Argentina (ARG)* 0 2 0 2
 Romania (ROU) 0 2 0 2
18  Canada (CAN) 0 1 2 3
 Poland (POL) 0 1 2 3
20  Belarus (BLR) 0 1 1 2
 Germany (GER) 0 1 1 2
22  Greece (GRE) 0 1 0 1
 Ireland (IRL) 0 1 0 1
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 0 1 0 1
 Serbia (SRB) 0 1 0 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 0 1 0 1
27  Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 3 3
28  Austria (AUT) 0 0 2 2
 France (FRA) 0 0 2 2
30  Egypt (EGY) 0 0 1 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 0 1 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 0 1 1
 United States (USA) 0 0 1 1
Totals (33 nations) 36 37 37 110

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Scribble

Did we forget about this event? Where was the US contingent?

Paul

Canada, Australia e China too

Swimming4silver

UK too

Team USA

Wait. Wut?

SUM Ting Wong

For Aust this event had 1 male ( kyle) & 2 females go onto Olympics iirc. Brianna & Shayna were languishing & it gave them the boost they needed.
This time the boys are not there yet but may developed, Michaela has potential in the 200 free to make Tokyo.

Kaylee is a natural talent but caring for a dad with Glioblastoma makes every day unpredictable never mind an Olympic prep.

Verram

Hmmm is that affecting Taylor as well? Coz she’s really gone backwards internationally since a promising Rio showing

SUM Ting Wong

Taylor has just had knee surgery that Id think.was postponed till after CWG . In other circumstances I would have liked to see Taylor base herself in one of those Mediteranean swim squads .& race much more often .I feel she is always under prepared racing wise & there is no competition in Oz.

Sholto says he wants to see them at Tokyo .May that be .

Verram

Both sisters are definitely capable and have massive potential but lately they both seem a bit “hif or miss” at international competitions .. hoping to see some massive breakthrough swims next year in the lead up to Tokyo

Wirotomo

“The United States fielded a small squad…”

In Youth Olympic Games, Team with 4 boys and 4 girls IS NOT a small squad. It’s the maximum you can send. 😀

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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