PR 68 - YOG 2014: 20 new World Junior records set in top-notch swimming edition


Nanjing (CHN), August 23, 2014 – In a successful second edition of the Youth Olympic Games swimming programme, which saw the world's rising talents stepping up in convincing fashion at Nanjing's Olympic Sports Complex Natatorium on August 17-22, 2014, a total 20 new World Junior records were established, 16 in individual and four in relay events.

400 swimmers from 144 countries competed in 34 events: 17 boys’ and 17 girls’ events, including two mixed relays. At the end of the six-day competition, no less than 29 countries have medalled in Nanjing: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, China, Croatia, Egypt, El Salvador, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United States of America, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Host China topped the medals table with 17 awards (10 gold, five silver and two bronze). Russia was the second most prolific nation with 13 awards while Hungary and Australia tallied eight medals each.

The diving competition starts today with five events on the programme: men’s and women’s 3m springboard and 10m platform, and a mixed international team event. A total 30 divers from 18 countries will take part in the event, held on August 23-27.