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 (dates to be announced).
Lima 2011, Day 2: Thirteen nations already with medals
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.
Lima 2011, Day 1: Eleven Championships records to open the Junior Worlds
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.
Monterrey 2008: Sokolova (RUS), Knutson (USA) and Bell (NZL) most titled swimmers with three each
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).
Monterrey 2008, Day 5: 3rd individual gold for Sokolova (RUS) & Bell (NZL); Knutson (USA) wins 4th gold (2nd relay)
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.
Monterrey 2008, Day 4: Russia joins USA at top of medals table with five gold; amazing win for Sokolova in women's 400 free
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.
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.
Monterrey 2008, Day 3: Bell rings 2nd bell : After winning the 100 back the Kiwi takes gold in the 100 fly
Italy’s Silvia Di Pietro (1993) was fastest in the women’s 50m butterfly preliminaries on Day 3 of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Monterrey (MEX), with a time of 26.99. In the semi-finals, in spite of a slow start, she improved her mark to 26.83; the only swimmer to go under 27 seconds and obviously the fastest qualifying time. Both times were FINA World Championships records.
In the men’s 50m freestyle another Italian, Luca Leonardi (1991), posted the fastest time with 22.66, another Championships record. Curiously the 2nd , 3rd , 4th and 5th qualifiers were, respectively, the surprising Virdhawal Vikr Khade (IND, 1991, 22.69), Orinoco Faamausili (NZL, 1990, 22.71), Oleg Tikhobaev (RUS, 1990, 22.73) and Luca Dotto (ITA, 1990, 22.75). A heated final is easily predictable.
Monterrey 2008, Day 2: Izotov (RUS) And Ayoama (JPN) the best
July 9th meant another good day at the 2nd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Three Championships records – out of five events contested - were set already in the preliminaries: New Zealand’s Daniel Bell (1990), who is poised to win the 100m backstroke and will possibly end-up as one of the most prominent swimmers of the meet, was the fastest qualifier in the 100m butterfly with 53.73; Japan’s Natsuki Akiyama (1991) was on top of the women’s 200m butterfly ranks with 2:09.69, just 0.40 seconds faster than her compatriot Yui Miyamoto, who, before Akiyama, had also set a short lived Championships record, in a time of 2:10.09; Robert Bale (1990), of Great Britain topped the men’s 200m freestyle qualifiers with 1:50.23, ahead of yesterday’s 400m freestyle gold and silver medallists, respectively Danila Izotov (RUS, 1991) and Alex Di Giorgio (ITA, 1990).
Monterrey 2008, Day 1: Championships Records in all finals on opening day
Exactly thirty days prior to the inauguration of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the second edition of the FINA World Junior Championships got underway today in the indoor swimming complex of UANL, Monterrey’s major university.
The meet, organised by both the Mexican Swimming Federation, headed by Javier Careaga, and FINA, spreads over six days, instead of five which characterised the inaugural edition two years ago in 2006, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was found that the programme there was too squeezed, and FINA has decided to add one more day to the competition which has attracted about 600 swimmers from 66 countries. Among the most numerous delegations are those of the host country Mexico and of the neighbouring United States of America.
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