China’s Yu Hexin has re-broken his own Junior World Record in the boys’ 50 meter freestyle, though he just missed becoming the second junior swimmer under 22 seconds.
Yu swam a 22.00 to win the final, beating out Brazil’s Matheus Santana (22.43) and Trinidad & Tobago’s Dylan Carter (22.53) for the Youth Olympics gold.
That sets up a very interesting 100 freestyle final. Santana and Carter are much better in the 100 than in the 50, and Yu is very good in both races, so despite the absence of Caeleb Dressel and Evgeny Sedov, that could still be one of the best events of this meet.
Yu broke his own record with this swim after going a 22.01 in the semi-finals. Sedov still has the best time in the qualifying age groups thanks to a 21.98 done just a few days before FINA started recognizing Junior World Records. Sedov also had the official Junior World Record coming into the meet with a 22.07.