7TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
- 50-Meter Course
- Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
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- Live results
17-year-old Thomas Neill of Australia closed out his 2019 World Junior Championships campaign in style, reaping his 3rd individual medal of this elite international meet.
Neill had earlier snagged 400m free silver in a new lifetime best of 3:46.27, followed by bronze in the men’s 800m free in another career-quickest effort of 7:48.65.
Tonight, however, the Rackley teen threw down a big-time 14:59.19 in the men’s 1500m freestyle to take another silver, but also check-in among Australia’s greatest in this event on both an age level, as well on the senior level.
Entering these World Junior Championships, Neill’s personal best in the men’s 1500m free rested at the 15:15.95 he produced for gold at this year’s Australian Age Championships. However, chasing Croatia’s dynamo Franko Grgic tonight, who blasted a new World Junior Record of 14:46.09 en route to gold, Neill threw down the first sub-15:00 outing of his young career for silver. Russia’s Ilia Sibirtsev wrangled up bronze in 15:05.17.
Broadening to the entire Aussie contingent over the years, all ages, Neill’s time renders him the 9th quickest in Australian history.
All-Time Australian 1500m Freestyle Performers – 17 Years of Age
- 14:50.58 Kieren Perkins Commercial Perth World Championships 06.01.91
- 14:51.02 Jordan Harrison Miami Adelaide Australian Champs 26.04.13
- 14:51.55 Mack Horton Melb. Vicentre Brisbane Australian Champs 01.04.14
- 14:51.70 Grant Hackett Miami Perth World Championships 12.01.98
- 14:59.19 Thomas Neill Rackley World Junior Championships 25.08.19
- 15:11.25 Glen Housman CQ Aquatics Perth Aus. Champs 03.08.89
- 15:12.62 Jason Plummer St Peters Western Edinburgh Comm. Games 25.07.86
- 15:13.38 Jarrod Poort Wests Illawarra Adelaide Aus. Champs 15.03.12
- 15:14.49 Daniel Kowalski Miami Brisbane Australian Age 10.04.93
- 15:16.78 Nathan Robinson St Peters Western Brisbane Australian Age 16.04.17
All-Time 1500m Freestyle Performers – All Ages
- 14:34.56 Grant Hackett 1981 Fukuoka 29.07.01
- 14:39.54 Mack Horton 1996 Adelaide 14.04.16
- 14:41.66 Kieren Perkins 1973 Victoria 24.08.94
- 14:47.09 Jack McLoughlin 1995 Gold Coast 10.04.18
- 14.51.02 Jordan Harrison 1995 Adelaide 03.05.13
- 14:53.18 Craig Stevens 1980 Sydney 29.03.08
- 14:53.42 Daniel Kowalski 1975 Rome 09.09.94
- 14:53.59 Glen Housman 1971 Adelaide 13.12.89
- 14:59.19 Thomas Neill Budapest 25.08.19
- 15:00.96 Robert Hurley 1980 Sydney 21.03.10
Splits for Neill’s 1500m free tonight from Budapest: