Top Seeded Anastasia Gorbenko Disqualified in Prelims of 200 IM at World Jrs


  • 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)
  • Meet site
  • Entries book
  • FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
  • Live results

Israeli 16-year old Anastasia Gorbenko was disqualified as the top seed in the women’s 200 IM on Friday morning at the World Junior Swimming Championships. She was the top seed coming into the event and one of 4 disqualifications called in prelims, including China’s Yixuan Chang and adding to a noteworthy no-show for Britain’s Honey Osrin.

Gorbenko was called for an illegal back-to-breast turn. Her Israeli teammate Lea Polonsky qualified 4th to the final in 2:15.10, and the top qualifier was American Jusstina Kozan in 2:12.83.

Earlier this year at the World Championships, when she was still only 15, Gorbenko set the Israeli National Record in the 200 IM in 2:11.92. Even at h er young age, she already holds or shares 9 Israeli Records, including the 50 back (28.21), 100 back (1:00.58), and 200 breast (2:28.78).

Gorbenko was entered in 8 events coming into the meet, but has scratched most of those races so far. Her only final to this point of the meet came in the 100 back, where she finished 7th in 1:01.79. Also on Friday morning, she qualified 6th through to the semi-finals in the women’s 50 backstroke.


Leave a Reply

2 Comment threads
10 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
8 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

quick everyone go call her a cheater with no integrity!!


Wait till the Olympics for that joke hahah


Full marks for being funny.


Also a back to breast turn is way more complicated than not doing an extra dolphin kick

Knows nothing


I really respect the swimmers who sacrifice 0.5 seconds to do this transition so cleanly that they never risk this call.

I think coaches should not encourage this risky transition technique, it can back fire at inopportune times.


That’s is the 3rd time that this has happened to her and always at that back to breast turn. Jr Euros at 2018, World’s qualification meet and now Jr Worlds. She is so young and talented, but this became an epidemic and she needs to work on it before the Olympics.

Knows nothing

Oh, so it’s a habit instead of mistake? Time for a heart felt vlog?

Knows nothing

From her coach!

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!