USA Adds Another 5 Golds to End 2019 World Juniors in 1st Place with 18

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

Sunday, 25 August 2019

The United States won five of the eleven finals on the last night of competition in Budapest, bringing their total to 18 gold medals. Wyatt Davis (1:58.18) led teammate Carson Foster in a 1-2 finish for the USA in the men’s 200 back. Torri Huske (57.71) won the 100 fly with teammate Claire Curzan taking third. Gretchen Walsh (24.71) and Maxine Parker were another 1-2 combo for the USA, this time in the 50 free. Luca Urlando won the 200 fly in 1:55.02. And the USA women’s 4×100 medley relay (Curzan, Kaitlyn Dobler, Huske, and Walsh) prevailed with 3:59.13.

New Zealand became the 20th nation to make the medals table with a gold from Erika Fairweather in the 200 free (1:57.96). Croatia pulled in their second gold medal of the Championships with a new World Junior Record from Franko Grgic in the 1500 free with 14:46.09.

Andrei Minakov won the 100 free (48.73), Evgeniia Chikunova scored gold in the 200 breast (2:24.03), Vladislav Gerasimenko was first in the 50 breast (27.58), and Nikolay Zuev, Gerasimenko, Minakov, and Aleksandr Shchegolev broke the World Junior Record in the 4×100 medley, all of which moved Russia ahead of Australia on the table, firmly in second place.

FINA World Junior Championships Medal Table Through Day 6:

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Totals
1 United States 18 10 9 37
2 Russia 7 11 4 22
3 Australia 4 5 4 13
4 Italy 3 2 7 12
5 Canada 2 5 5 12
6 Croatia 2 0 0 2
=7 Spain 1 1 0 2
=7 Hungary 1 1 0 2
9 Greece 1 0 1 2
=10 Czech Republic 1 0 0 1
=10 New Zealand 1 0 0 1
=10 Ukraine 1 0 0 1
13 Japan 0 3 3 6
14 Belarus 0 2 0 2
15 Great Britain 0 1 3 4
16 Sweden 0 1 1 2
17 Austria 0 1 0 1
18 France 0 0 2 2
=19 Brazil 0 0 1 1
=19 Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
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4 years ago

In the long run no one will look to see who was not at the meet but some of the fastest Jr Swimmers in the world was not there, Smith, a few WJR holders from China etc.

4 years ago

I noted on another post that only 9 individual gold medalists from junior worlds from 2006-2017 have stood on an Olympic podium

Reply to  Samesame
4 years ago

Interesting note, does that include relays at the Olympics?
How many of them have been on the podium at a Long Course Sr World Champs?
The swimmers from 2017 have not had a chance yet and the swimmers from the 2015 Jr Worlds were probably not ready to step up on the podium.
How many of the swimmers that won an individual medal at Jr Worlds have won a gold or a medal at the Olympics?

Reply to  Samesame
4 years ago

Would be hard to stand on an Olympic podium after 2017….

Reply to  Samesame
4 years ago

I meant so far …

Bobo Gigi
4 years ago

Congrats to the US team. Brillant showing. Only disappointments for me was to see Carson Foster underperform in the 400 IM and Claire Tuggle in the 200 free/400 free. Maybe Urlando didn’t have the times he expected but in championships only the places count and he won 2 individual golds in the 200 free and the 200 fly so it’s hard to call his meet “average”. I tell you for a long time that Gretchen Walsh will be the current missing 4th piece of the US women’s 4X100 free relay next year in Tokyo. She has the body to become a huge sprint star. Torri Huske has impressed me a lot too. She has swum a lot of races since… Read more »

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 years ago

Brilliant showing
And hopefully I can find videos of all the finals on YouTube.

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 years ago

videos have been uploaded by Mr Foster all week long on yutube

4 years ago

So did the Russian guys outmedal the US guys like I predicted?

4 years ago

USA had 45 swimmers . Australia had 30 . Not sure about Russia . USA has a population 13 times that of Australia but not even 3 times the amount of medals Australia won . Let’s keep a little perspective

cynthia curran
Reply to  Samesame
4 years ago

Makes sense to me. Australia likes swimming a lot more than the US.

Reply to  Samesame
4 years ago

The “medals per population” argument has always been questionable to me. Aspects of a given country’s sport culture play a much bigger role: popularity of the sport, funding, local competition, infrastructure, etc. This is why tiny New Zealand would kick the US’s ass in rugby, for example. Also, rules play a huge role here: what if the US had been allowed to send more swimmers than just their top two?

Reply to  Dave
4 years ago

That goes for quite a few countries . I know Australia had three 1.59 200 backstrokers who didn’t get to swim that event here . Who knows how they would have swum ? . (The winning time was 1.58 )

4 years ago


4 years ago

No China??

Samuel Huntington
4 years ago

Gretchen’s right arm in this photo – veins bulging! She could become really special

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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