A second junior world title for Casper Puggaard has rocketed Denmark to third on the medal tally at the ninth World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships, while the United States of America’s Kate Hurst, Australia’s Iona Anderson and Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsushita all delivered memorable wins on the penultimate night of racing in Netanya, Israel.
Men’s 50m Butterfly | Puggaard becomes first male swimmer to win two individual golds in Netanya Denmark’s Casper Puggaard (23.50) has become the first male athlete to win two individual gold medals at the ninth World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships with a dominant display in the Men’s 50m Butterfly.
Puggaard had to come from behind in his 100m Butterfly win on Wednesday night but this evening there was no chasing. The 18 year-old was explosive off the blocks, something he has been working on all week with the Danish coaching team, leading from start to finish to touch first ahead of Austria’s Lukas Edl (23.89) and Australia’s Thomas Pattison (23.95).
“It felt amazing. I had a really good swim at the semi finals, so I was just hoping for a gold medal in this one as well,” said Puggaard in his post-race interview.
“I also want to say thanks to my coach for supporting me and training me through this summer, and also want to say thanks to the support at home because it means so much.”
Earlier these championships Puggaard became Denmark’s first junior world champion and tonight he takes his career World Junior Swimming Championships haul to two gold and two bronze medals. He also joins an elite group of previous junior world champions that have since medalled in this event at a senior World Aquatics Championships including Michael Andrew (2017), Thomas Ceccon (2019), and Diogo Ribeiro (2022). To date, no Danish male swimmer has ever won gold at a long course World Aquatics Championships, however with Casper Puggaard now in the frame, the future well and truly looks bright for men’s swimming in Denmark. Article Source : www.WorldAquatics.com follow us for more Twitter : https://goo.gl/KhgKGD
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