By Jim Rusnak//Director of Media Properties | Friday, August 23, 2019
The United States won 10 medals – four gold, three silver and three bronze – Friday at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest. Americans medaled in each of the eight finals contested on day 4.
The last swim of the night was the fast swim of the night for the U.S., with Jake Magahey, Luca Urlando, Jake Mitchell and Carson foster winning gold and setting the world junior and meet records in the men’s 800m free relay in 7:08.37.
That shattered the former mark of 7:10.95, set by Hungary at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis. They also crushed the rest of the field by more than three and a half seconds. Russia took silver in 7:11.90, followed by Australia with the bronze in 7:15.06.
Josh Matheny set the meet record but missed the world junior record by a hundredth of a second, winning gold in the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:09.40. Shoma Sato and Yuta Arai of Japan finished second and third in 2:09.56 and 2:10.84. The former meet record, set by Anton Chupkov of Russia in 2015, was 2:10.19
No records for Justina Kozan in the women’s 200m IM, but she did outpace the rest of the field by about two seconds, winning gold in 2:11.55. Alba Ruiz of Spain was second in 2:13.43. Mei Ishihara of Japan was third in 2:13.52.
Torri Huske won the fourth gold of the night for the U.S. in the women’s 50m fly, turning in a time of 25.70. Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus was second in 25.77. Huske’s Teammate, Claire Curzan was third in 25.81.
Other medalists for the U.S. Friday were David Curtiss and Adam Chaney, who took second and third in the men’s 50m free in 22.14 and 22.40. Curtiss missed gold by one-hundredth of a second behind Vladyslav Bukhov of Ukraine.
In other races, Wyatt Davis won silver in the men’s 50m back in 25.23; Kaitlyn Dobler won silver in the women’s 100m breast in 1:06.97; and Rachel Stege won bronze in the women’s 400m free in 4:08.30.
After four days of competition, the Americans’ medal count stands at 26 – 12 gold, seven silver and seven bronze.