Gabrielle Fa’Amausili 28.09 WJR 50 Back; Minna Atherton Hits Back With 28.00

Minna Atherton - another new standard - courtesy of Swimming Australia

World Junior Championships, Singapore, day 4 heats: heat 6 of the girls’ 50m backstroke and Gabrielle Fa’Amausili (NZL) establishes the first World Junior record in that event and of the day: 28.09, inside the time she clocked for the crown in 2013; heat 7 and Minna Atherton (AUS), the 100/200 double in the bag, hist back – 28.00. One of several fine clashes ahead

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World Junior Championships, Singapore, day 4 heats: heat 6 of the girls’ 50m backstroke and Gabrielle Fa’Amausili (NZL) establishes the first World Junior record in that event and of the day: 28.09, inside the time she clocked for the crown in 2013; heat 7 and Minna Atherton (AUS), the 100/200 double in the bag, hist back – 28.00. One of several fine clashes ahead

Comments

commonwombat

W50BK: Atherton & Fa’amausili appear to have a gap on the field. Will be interesting to see if/by how far they can get below 28.

M50FLY: Similarly “the human headline” & Khloptsov look a level above the rest. Interesting to see how well “the headline” backs up tonight.

W800FS: Pattern continues of 2 seemingly ahead of the field; in this case Schmidt & Cook who seemed to pace themselves in the same heat. Others may close in the final but they will need to lift significantly as both Schmidt & Cook looked easy.

M200BRS: Chupkov looks a class above the rest. Whitley won his heat by a mile but I’m not sold on him as yet. Wilson swam a PB to be 2nd fastest qualifier. Whilst he’s nudging ever closer to the FINA A QT for Rio (looks AUS most likely qualifier in this event); I’m a tad sceptical of his capacity to back it up in the final & he may miss the medals.

W200IM: A much tighter packed finals field here & will watch closely to see if any one can drop down towards the 2.10s. Gunes fastest QF but how well she backs up from the 100brs final will be critical.

M4X200: AUS fastest qualifier at 7.22 but that is of little consequence. USA has the “change up” of bringing in Rooney & Shoults; whereas what we saw this morning was essentially what/who you’ll see tonight. Barring a brain-fart or not turning up, this is a lock for USA.

Wez

Great SF swim from Minna Atherton. 27.9 at 15 is a superb effort.

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