Junior World Record Holder Petar Mitsin Triumphs at World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships
Petar Mitsin clinches gold in the 400m freestyle, marking Bulgaria’s historic first world junior swimming title at the championships.
Petar Mitsin Makes History with Bulgaria’s First World Junior Swimming Gold
Junior world record holder, Petar Mitsin, achieved a historic milestone for Bulgaria by winning the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle race. This remarkable victory took place on the opening day of the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships held in Netanya, Israel.
Mitsin demonstrated his prowess in the pool, clocking an impressive time of three minutes and 46.49 seconds. He edged out Italian competitor Alessandro Ragaini by a mere 17 hundredths of a second, securing Bulgaria’s first-ever world junior swimming title. Italy’s Filippo Bertoni claimed the bronze, as reported by Xinhua.
Reflecting on his outstanding performance, Mitsin shared his thoughts: “It was a tough race, and I’m happy with the time I did. I’m really proud to represent my country.”
In another event, Leah Hayes of the United States, the 2022 World seniors 200m individual medley bronze medalist, continued her impressive form by winning gold in the 400m medley. Hayes set a junior world championship record with a time of 4:36.84. Canada’s Ella Jansen and Julie Brousseau secured the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The American boys’ relay team, comprising Daniel Diehl, Maximus Williamson, Hudson Williams, and Jason Zhao, achieved a remarkable feat by establishing a junior world record of 3:15.49 in the 4x100m freestyle relay. They finished ahead of Australia and Canada.
Following this incredible performance, the American girls also shone in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Addison Sauickie, Leah Hayes, Lynsey Bowen, and Madi Mintenko claimed gold with a time of 7:52.48 after a thrilling battle against Australia and Canada.