Swimming: Australia lead medal table at Fina World Junior Championships

SINGAPORE - Australia maintained their lead at the top of the medal tables as they clinched two more golds on day two of the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

They lead with four golds, ahead of the United States' three golds, and Russia's two.

Minna Atherton clinched the night's first gold for the Australians, winning the women's 100m backstroke in a world junior record time of 59.58sec at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. It lowered her previous mark of 59.83, clocked in yesterday's heats.

Claire Adams of the United States finished second (1min 0.19sec), while Bobbi Gichard from New Zealand came in third (1:00.42).

Australia's second gold came from Clyde Lewis, who won the 200m individual medley. He finished with a time of 2:00.15, ahead of Hungary's Daniel Sos (2:01.78) and United States' Sean Grieshop (2:01.83).

United States added two golds in the men's 200m freestyle and women's 800m free, thanks to Maxime Rooney and Sierra Schmidt.

Russia's two golds came via Anton Chupkov in the men's 100m breaststroke, and the mixed 4x100m medley team.

The night's other races saw Romania's Robert Glinta win the men's 100m backstroke, China's Wang Siqi bag the women's 200m butterfly, and Turkey's Viktoria Gunes clinch the women's 50m breaststroke.

Meanwhile, Singapore's 4x100m mixed medley came close to making their first final in the morning's heats. Francis Fong, Samuel Khoo, Hoong En Qi and Christie Chue finished ninth overall in the heats with a time of 3:59.32. The top eight teams made the final, and they were just behind eighth-placed Brazil, who timed 3:58.55.

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