USA Adds More Gold, Broadening Medal Lead On Day 2 of World University Games


  • July 4th-9th, 2019
  • Napoli, Italy
  • LCM (50m)
  • Live Stream: Olympic Channel (in US), Rai Sport (in Italy)
  • Entry Lists & Live Results

Team USA broadened its lead in the medal table on day two of the World University Games in Italy. After Great Britain’s request for an appeal to the 400 IM on behalf of Abbie Wood was denied after Wood missed her final swim in the women’s 400 IM on Thursday, the American officially picked up additional gold and silver medals, and Italy a bronze.

On Friday, Ian Finnerty won the men’s 100 breast in a new Games Record, giving the USA its first gold of the session. Later, Lisa Bratton won the women’s 200 backstroke, also registering a new Games Record, while teammate Asia Seidt picked up silver behind her. Justin Ress also won the USA’s  first bronze medal of the competition in the 100 back.

South Africa and Australia both got on the board with a couple gold-medal performances tonight; William Yang came through for the Aussies with a gold medal in the men’s 50 fly, while Tayla Lovemore won South Africa’s first gold of the competition in the women’s 50 fly, establishing a new South African record in the process. Though Australia and South Africa have won only one medal each so far, both delegations now rank ahead of Italy in the overall medal standings, thanks to their gold-medal performances. Italy, meanwhile, picked up no new medals on day two, save for the bronze that was officially awarded to Ilaria Cusinato in the women’s 400 IM, swum yesterday.

Russia had a successful day in the pool, picking up one gold and one silver medal with a win from Grigory Tarasevich in the 100 backstroke and a 2nd-place finish by Kirill Prigoda in the men’s 100 breaststroke. Japan, meanwhile, held its overall standing at 2nd in the medal tables by picking up a silver in the men’s 50 fly (Yuya Tanaka, 23.35), a silver in the women’s 50 fly (Ai Soma, 26.38), and a bronze in the men’s 100 breast (Yuya Hinomoto, 59.72). Belarus and South Korea also got on the board: Grigori Pekarski finished 3rd for Belarus in the men’s 50 fly, while Soeun Jeong nabbed bronze for South Korea in the women’s 50 fly.


1 USA 5 2 1 8 1
2 Japan 1 3 1 5 2
3 Russia 1 1 1 3 3
4 (tie) Australia 1 1 5 (tie)
4 (tie) South Africa 1 1 5 (tie)
6 Italy 1 3 4 4
7 (tie) Brazil 1 1 7 (tie)
7 (tie) France 1 1 7 (tie)
9 (tie) Belarus 1 1 9 (tie)
9 (tie) South Korea 1 1 9 (tie)
9 (tie) Great Britain 1 1 9 (tie)
Totals 9 9 9 27

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River Strong
1 year ago

@ REID CARLSON .. Tayla Lovemore won South Africa’s first gold of the competition in the women’s 50 fly, establishing a new South African record in the process. Schoenmaker is top seed for the 100 breast semi finals

1 year ago

I think USA won golds..why showing five golds

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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