Russia Registers New World Junior Record In Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay


  • WR: 3:41.71 Great Britain (GBR) 5 AUG 2015 Kazan (RUS)
  • CR: 3:48.89 Russia (RUS) 27 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)
  • WJ: 3:48.89 Russia (RUS) 27 AUG 2013 Dubai (UAE)

The Russian foursome of Irina Prikhodko, Anton Chupkov, Daniil Pakhomov and Arina Openysheva cranked out a brand new World Junior Record in the mixed 400 medley relay in tonight’s finals at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore.  The combination of talent crushed the old mark also held by Russia, set at the 2013 edition of the meet.  Below is a comparison of the splits between the 2013 and 2015 version of the relays:

2013 – 3:48.89

Daria Ustinova – 1:01.42
Vsevolod Zanko – 59.96
Svetlana Chimrova – 58.30
Evgeny Sedov – 49.21

2015 – 3:45.85

Irina Prikhodko – 1:00.53
Anton Chupkov – 59.74
Daniil Pakhomov – 51.33
Arina Openyscheva – 54.25

Russia’s strategy of female-male-male-female paid off for the team, as the squad beat the next best team, Australia, by over two seconds.  Splits were solid across the athletes, but Pakhomov stood atop the entire field with his otherworldly 51.33 butterfly split. Most other relays, including the United States and Australia, chose females for the butterfly leg, so Pakhomov’s fierce speed was even that much more damaging, as the closest fly split to his was that of Japan’s Nao Horomura’s 53.42.

Chupkov took the men’s 100m breaststroke individual title earlier in a 1:00.19, while Pakhomov had smoked a 52.40 to register a new meet record in his individual semi of the men’s 100 fly.  Openysheva had also swum earlier in the session, clinching a spot in the women’s 100m freestyle final with her 54.05 semi’s fourth place finish.

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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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