Swimming World Juniors, Day 5, Singapore: Swimming through thrillers, the Aussies still top the medal count
Australia lost one title by 0.02sec (in the women’s 50m back) but captured another by 0.04sec (in the women’s 4x100m free) and still leads the medal count ahead of the USA. Day 5 saw three more nations earning their respective first titles: Italy, New Zealand and Ukraine – and two more World Junior Records bettered.
Two Championship Records fell in succession to start the penultimate final session in style. First, Italy’s Simona Quadarella earned a clean win over the 1500m free, gaining more than 7 seconds on runner-up Sierra Schmidt of the USA – her time (16:05.61) was way better than the previous CR (by 18sec). It was also the first title for Italy here in Singapore.
“Oh, I’m so happy and proud of this gold medal” Quadarella said after the race. “The time is really great, I didn’t expect that good. It was a hard swim, not an easy one, and winning feels really fantastic!”
Swimming World Juniors, Day 4, Singapore: Michael Andrew’s special mix for this day: back, fly, free
Tremendous individual efforts highlighted Day 4 in Singapore, at the 5th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships as versatility was the ruling word this evening. We could witness a couple of rare pairings of medal winning performances from outstanding young talents – and as a bonus, 5 more World Junior Records.
Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes captured the titles in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m IM, US’s Michael Andrew had a gold from the 50m back and a silver from the 50m free and between the two he clocked the best time in the semis of the 50m fly, while Aussie Kyle Chalmers sprinted to victory in the 50m free then “re-paced” himself to help the 4x200m free relay to a silver medal.
Actually, those responsible for preparing the schedule of the championships couldn’t anticipate such individual programmes: breaststrokers rarely swim in the IM events (at least not on the same day), backstroke dashers rarely enters the 50m free/fly (or vice-versa) and freestyle sprinters rarely called on duty for the 4x200m relays. That’s why we could see the young guns rushing from the respective medal ceremonies to the start of the very next event (like Gunes and Andrew did) and waited for Chalmers while he left behind his relay team-mates to catch his first ceremony at the other end of the pool.