Junior World Championships: Diogo Ribeiro takes the title in the 100m butterfly; Yuzuki Mizuno pulls off a surprise in the 200m backstroke
When he participated in the European Championships, the Portuguese Diogo Ribeiro earned a spot on the podium as the bronze medalist in the 50-meter butterfly. Clearly, the 17-year-old was a burgeoning talent with significant potential, and that promise was on display again on Thursday night at the World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru.
Shortly after qualifying for the 50m freestyle final, which will be contested on Friday night, Ribeiro easily clinched the 100m butterfly gold medal, finishing half a second ahead of the Czech Republic. Daniel Gracik. Leading wire to wire, Ribeiro clocked a time of 52.03, which edged out Gracik’s 52.51. In bronze medal position was Denmark Casper Puggardwho also dipped under 53 seconds with a swim of 52.94.
Ribeiro came out in 24.12, to Gracik’s 24.41. During the second lap, Ribeiro extended his advantage with a gap of 27.91. Gracik finished in 28.10.
In other actions:
Women’s 50m butterfly – Semi-finals
from Brazil Biatriz Bezerra and Slovakia Lillian Slusna staged a duel in the 50m backstroke final as the only athletes to break the 27-second barrier. Bezerra narrowly won the top seed, after running 26.73. Slusna followed in 26.76, which was comfortably ahead of Croatia’s 27.01 Jana Pavalic.
Men’s 50m freestyle – Semi-finals
Croatia Jéré Hribar takes pole position for the final, thanks to a sprint of 22.35. This outing gave Hribar the top seed over Portugal Diogo Ribeiro, who was clocked in 22.45 and was competing in the first of two individual events of the night. Ribeiro won the 100m butterfly final later in the session. Qualifying in third place was France Nans Mazellier in 22.53.
Women’s 200m backstroke – Final
In the 100m backstroke final earlier in the competition, the Hungarian Dora Molnar grabbed the gold medal by the slimmest of margins. At twice the distance, Molnar was bordered by the same margin. In a sensational battle in the 200m backstroke, the Japanese Yuzuki Mizuno surprised Molnar, winning in 2:09.79. Molnar hit the wall in 2:09.80 for the silver medal, with bronze going to Poland Laura Bernat (2:11.09).
Molnar was the favorite for the title after reaching the event final at the World Championships and winning the bronze medal at the European Championships. She was also a gold medalist at the European Junior Championships.
Women’s 100m breaststroke – Semi-finals
A close battle is brewing in the 100m breaststroke final, with three athletes posting times of around 1:09 in the semis. Leading the championship race, Italy Irene Mati, who touched down in 1:09.16. It was followed by Serbia Martina Bukvic (1:09.33) and Poland Karolina Piechowicz (1:09.71). Piechowicz was the gold medalist in the 50m breaststroke.
Men’s 50m backstroke – Semi-finals
Will there be a reverse order of finish for the 100m backstroke final? After finishing behind Poland Ksawery Masiuk in the 100 back, South Africa Pieter Coetze earned the No. 1 seed for the 50m backstroke final. Coetze set a championship record of 24.58, which improved by Michel André 24.63 standard from 2017. Masiuk went 24.91 for the second seed and will be a factor for the championship.
100m freestyle women
The overwhelming favorite to emerge in the lead, Hungary Nicolette Padar confirmed that status with a commanding victory in the 100m freestyle. Padar built a 0.30 margin on the first lap and never looked back on the way to a 55.11 time. Earlier in the competition, Padar led Hungary’s winning 800m freestyle relay in 1:58, a run that confirmed she was in top form. Italy took the silver and bronze medals behind Mathilde Biagiotti (55.56) and Marina Cacciapuoti (55.92).
800m freestyle men
Five swimmers went under eight minutes, underlined by Carlos Garach Benito and his mark of 7:52.73, which was enough for a nearly three-second victory. The Spaniard followed Turkey Filiz Batuhan by 0.14 with 100 yards remaining, but Garach Benito had too much in store for the final two laps. Garach Benito shared 57.04 for the final 100 meters, compared to 1:00.06 for Batuhan, who was clocked in 7:55.61. The bronze medal was won by Romania Vlad Stefan Stancu in 7:56.14.