By Sharon Robb
August 19, 2014—China’s Duo Shen broke the junior world record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle on Day Three of the 2014 IOC Youth Olympic Games Tuesday night at the Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium in Nanjing, China.
Duo won in 53.84, breaking the previous mark of 54.47 set in 2013 by countrywoman Siobhan Bernadette Haughey.
After three days of racing, China is pulling away in the medal count after picking up two more gold medals.
China has seven medals (four gold, one silver, two bronze). Italy has five medals (four golds, one silver). Hungary is third with four medals (two gold, two bronze).
Team USA is fourth in the medal count with two gold medals including AquaKids Sharks Clara Smiddy and one bronze medal.
Four Florida swimmers competed on Tuesday but were shut out of medals.
Jamaica’s Sidrell Williams of St. Andrew’s Swimming was sixth in his 50-meter freestyle heat in 24.40.
Suriname’s Zuhayr Pigot of Doral Aquatics and Metro Aquatics was eighth in his 50-meter freestyle heat in 23.99. Pigot was also fifth in the 100-meter butterfly heat in 55.19 and seventh in the semifinal in 55.09.
Jamaica’s Timothy Wynter of South Florida Aquatic Club was eighth in his 50-meter backstroke in 27.61.
St. Augustine’s Ngyuen Vien of Vietnam just missed her second medal placing fourth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:41.13.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter, who frequently trains in South Florida, had the third-fastest time in the 50-meter freestyle semifinal in 22.49. He went 22.65 in his heat.
In other finals:
American Hannah Moore and Italy’s Ambra Esposito tied for the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:10.42. Spain’s Africa Zamarano Sanz took the bronze in 2:11.94.
Italy’s Simona Quadrella won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:35.39, swimming in the slower heats. Spain’s Jimena Perez Blanco took silver in 8:36.95 and Bahamian Joana Evans was third in 8:39.75.
China’s Li Zhuhao out-touched Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikovto win the 100-meter butterfly 52.94-52.97. Australia’s Nicholas Brown took bronze in 53.18.
Great Britain won the 4×100-meter freestyle relay in 3:21.19 with Duncan Scott, Miles Munro, Martyn Walton and Luke Greenbank. Italy took second in 3:22.89 and Germany was third in 3:22.93.
For swimming, prelims begin 10 p.m. and finals 6 a.m. East Coast time. The swimming competition ends Friday.
The Youth Olympics are an international multi-sport event held in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee that takes place every four years consistent with the format of the Olympic Games.
The Youth Olympic Games are designed to integrate sport with education and culture, inspiring participants to live by the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the Olympic spirit. It also could provide a dress rehearsal for 2016 Rio Olympic hopefuls.
China is hosting 3,800 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees at the second Youth Olympics. During 13 days of competition in 32 sports, 222 medals events will be spread over 27 competition venues.
NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports are combining for 54.5 hours of coverage through the Closing Ceremony on August 28.
NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets—will provide streaming coverage of all the Youth Olympic Games appearing on NBC and NBCSN.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at nbcsports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft mobile devices and tablets.
Coverage of the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team can be found at TeamUSA.org and Twitter.com/USOlympic utilizing the #2014YOG hashtag.
For more information on the Games, visit Nanjing2014.com.
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