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Day 6 heats session sets up exciting final night of 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

posted on 01/09/2013: 2098 views

The last heats session of the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships set the scene for some scintillating finals action tonight.

In the first heat, the boys 200m Backstroke, Luca Mancarini of Italy qualified fastest in 1:59.62, just edging out Connor Green of the US who finished in 1:59.75. Mancarini finished sixth in the 100m backstroke final, just one place ahead of Green. Danas Rapsys of Lithuania who took silver in the 100m backstroke qualified in fifth, setting up an exciting final tonight.

In the girls 200m breaststroke Ukraine's Viktoriya Solcneva will be hoping to add to her silver and bronze in the 50m and 100m breaststroke after qualifying fastest for tonight's final. Solcneva won her heat comfortably, but will be up against a determined Sophie Taylor of Great Britain, who won silver ahead of Solcneva in the 100m final, and bronze behind her in the 50m final. The gold medallist in both the 50 and 100m, Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania did not enter the 200m, leaving the door open for either girl to take their first gold.

James Guy of Great Britain will make another appearance in the boys 200m butterfly final tonight after qualifying in sixth. He will be hoping to add to the 2 silvers and one gold he has already won this week, but will face tough competition from fastest qualifier Masato Sakai of Japan who touched in 1:58.01. Andrew Seliskar of the US will also be looking to make his first podium of the meet after qualifying second in 1:58.76 The girls 200m freestyle will also be hotly contested with four gold medallists in the field. Russia's Maria Baklakova , who took gold in the 4 x100m freestyle relay, qualified first in 2:00.62, with USA's Quinn Carrozza (4 x200m freestyle relay) , Australia's Alanna Bowles (800m freestyle) and Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey (100m freestyle) all in the 200m final tonight.

The boys 4 x100m medley relay will see a rematch of the teams who have taken out the previous relays, with Russia (qualified first in 3:40.81), Australia ,and the USA to battle it out. Great Britain, the other relay medallist, did not enter the boys but qualified second behind the US (4:08.98) in the girls. With Russia and Australia also in the field the competition in the girls 4 x100 medley relay will be tough tonight.

A total of eleven finals will be contested in the last night of action, which commences at 6pm.

After five days of competition Australia is at the top of the medal tally with nine gold. The USA and Russia are tied for second, both with seven gold. The USA remains in the overall lead with 23 medals, Russia is in second with 18 and Australia third with 15. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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