FINA World Junior Swimming Championships


Since 2006, FINA organises World Junior Swimming Championships to allow young swimmers to develop through elite level competition. Every two years, about 500 swimmers aged between 14 and 18 years old gather together to test their skills among an up-and-coming field.

Rio de Janeiro (BRA) in 2006, Monterrey (MEX) in 2008, Lima (PER) in 2011 and Dubai (UAE) in 2013 hosted successful editions of the event.

In 2015, the international rendezvous will take place in Asia for the first time with Singapore (SIN) as host of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, from September 1-6. Age groups will be:

GIRLS: 14 – 17 years on 31 December 2015 (born 2001, 2000, 1999 and 1998)
BOYS:  15 – 18 years on 31 December 2015 (born 2000, 1999, 1998 and 1997)

Lima 2011, Day 2: Thirteen nations already with medals

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Thirteen different flags climbed the podium in two days of competition at the3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, organised in Lima (PER), from August 16-21. Moreover, 21 new championships records were already established in the Peruvian capital.

The second day began with the first gold medal for Australia. Bonnie Macdonald (1995) clocked 8:32.30 and won the women’s 800m freestyle gold after a tight race with Gillian Ryan (USA, 1995, 8:33.46) and Claudia Dasca (ESP, 1994, 8:34.29). Bonnie swam close to the opponents most of the race and took the lead with 300m to go. “I’m really proud to be Australian. I entered into the race to swim my best. I have so many people to thank, including the team, because we are like a family. I’m so happy. I wasn’t thinking on winning or not winning, my strategy was only focused in my race,” said Bonnie.

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Lima 2011, Day 1: Eleven Championships records to open the Junior Worlds

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Miyu Otsuka (JPN)Adrenaline and excitement highlighted the first day of the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, taking place at the “Campo de Marte” complex in Lima (PER). Eleven new championships records were set and the American team leads the medal table with two gold medals and one bronze, followed by Japan with two gold medals and Canada, with three silver medals.

The men’s 400m freestyle was the first race of the night and set the tone for the rest of the thrilling session. The top four times were all under the previous Championship record (3:51.81): the winner, Fumiya Hidaka (JPN, 1994), arrived in 3.50.97, with Canadian Bobrosky Chad (1993 - 3:51.46) and American Evan Pinion (1994 - 3:51:47) completing the podium.

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Monterrey 2008: Sokolova (RUS), Knutson (USA) and Bell (NZL) most titled swimmers with three each

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Sokolova (RUS) - credit: Satiro Sodré

Eleven finals were contested in the last championships session. Italy’s Luca Dotto (1990) and Luca Leonardi (1991) went 1-2 in the men’s 100m freestyle final to clinch, respectively, the gold and the silver medal. Dotto won the title in 50.06 - a Championships record, 0.23 seconds faster than that set in the preliminaries by Orinoco Faamausuli - swimming from lane 1, while Leonardi’s second place, with 50.11 (his personal best) came from lane 4. Both swimmers come from Northern Italy, Dotto from near Padua, Leonardi from near Milan. For the bronze medal, Russia’s Oleg Tikhobaev (1990) had a swift final hand touch and conquered the bronze in 50.33, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Germany’s Dimitri Colupaev (1990). 

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Monterrey 2008, Day 5: 3rd individual gold for Sokolova (RUS) & Bell (NZL); Knutson (USA) wins 4th gold (2nd relay)

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The most relevant news from the preliminaries on Day 5 of the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships taking place in Monterrey from July 8-13, 2008, concern Orinoco Faamausli, the New Zealand swimmer who on Day 4 dominated the 50m freestyle final. This morning he did not swim the 100m freestyle he wanted so much to win and that he would have probably have won seeing that he had set the Championships record in 50.29 swimming the lead-off leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay in the preliminaries of the first day of the Championships. Orinoco was compelled to scratch because of a stomach sickness overnight, which left him in frustration.

For the first time no Championships record was set in the preliminaries.

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Monterrey 2008, Day 4: Russia joins USA at top of medals table with five gold; amazing win for Sokolova in women's 400 free

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On Day 4 (July 11) of the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships being held in Monterrey (MEX) from July 8-13, 2008, Russia joined the USA at the top of the medal tally with five gold. As described below, Elena Sokolova (RUS) winning the 400m freestyle in an amazing time, was among the day's highlights.

PRELIMINARIES
Seven Championships records were set in the morning session. In the women’s 50m backstroke both the two fastest semi-finals qualifier, Elizabeth Pelton (USA, 1993) and Etiene Medeiros (BRA, 1991) swam under the previous mark, respectively in 29.18 and 29.29. Same thing in the men’s 50m butterfly for Ivan Lendjer (SRB, 1990) and Daniel Bell (NZL, 1990), who swam the distance in 24.12 and 24.17 respectively.

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