USA’s Double Relay Gold Earns World Junior C’ships Medal Table Lead


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Day 1 of the 2019 World Junior Championships saw the United States claim 2 of 4 gold medals, with the men’s and women’s relays getting the job done to end the evening in Budapest. The combination of Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Adam Chaney and Carson Foster collectively clocked a winning 4x100m freestyle time of 3:15.80, a mark which obliterated the previous WJR of 3:16.96 from 2013. You can read more about their monumental performance here.

The American women grabbed gold in the 4x200m free relay as well, with Justina Kozan, Lillie Nordmann, Erin Gemmell and Claire Tuggle hitting the wall in a time of 7:55.49 to win by over 2 seconds and give the stars n’ stripes its 2nd gold.

But additional nations came to play as well, including Spain, who saw Alba Vazquez clock a World Junior Record of her own in 4:38.53 to take gold in that event.

Hungary’s Gabor Zombori rocked the winning men’s 400m free time of 3:46.96 to re-write the Championships Record and get his nation on the board.


Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 2 1 3
2 Hungary 1 1
2 Spain 1 1
3 Australia 2 2
4 Russia 1 1 2
5 Great Britain 1 1
5 Italy 1 1
5 Canada 1 1
4 4 4 12


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Can someone explain: Why doesn’t Emma Weyant’s 4:35.47 at US Nationals count as a World Junior record?


is she too old ?


WJR are based off of birth year. So while a swimmer’s age may make them appear to be eligible to break a WJR, their birth year may not br in line with FINA’s requirements (which could be the case with Emma)

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That would require counting .


She is 17 – I would not think that is too old.


Turns 18 this year. Must still be 17 at the end of the year to qualify as a junior.

Swim boy

I guess those are the rules but I think that’s silly. Also like 1/2 of those wjr aren’t even the fastest that a junior had gone. Like Missy Franklin would’ve had them had they actually based them off real times and not made up standards that exclude people from previous years. Luckily Regan smith remedied that and made the wjr a real mark in the backstrokes


Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps would have a few

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