Van Der Merwe Finishes World Junior C’ships With British Age Record In 2Breast


  • 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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Earlier this week in Budapest, 16-year-old Kayla Van Der Merwe already nabbed 100m breaststroke bronze for Great Britain in a new British Age Record. But the Winchester star wasn’t quite done, busting out another personal best mark in the final of the 200m breast at these World Junior Championships.

Van Der Merwe started her attack early on the women’s 200m breast, clocking a prelims effort of 2:28.15 in the morning. That outing sat within 2 seconds of the teen’s career-quickest entering this meet of 2:26.06 she nailed for bronze at this year’s European Championships in Kazan.

In tonight’s final, however, Van Der Merwe stopped the clock at a big-time mark of 2:25.27. Splitting 1:09.97/1:15.30, Van Der Merwe finished just .28 shy of the podium but checked in with a new British Age Record for her effort. Her first-ever sub-2:26 outing overtook the previous British Age Record for 16-year-old females set at 2:26.42 by Georgia Coates at the 2015 edition of these World Junior Championships.

The women’s 200m breast podium tonight saw Russia’s Evgenia Chikunova land on top in 2:24.03 followed by teammate Anastasia Makarova who clinched silver in 2:24.39. Japan’s Mei Ishihara rounded out the top 3 in 2:24.99.

All told, Van Der Merwe walks away from Budapest with 50m breast silver and 100m breast bronze, but new British Age Records in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

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