Breaststroke Bronze for Young Brit

23 Aug 2019

Kayla Van Der Merwe secures her second medal of the FINA Junior World Swimming Championships with Bronze in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke.

Having already won silver in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke this week, the Junior European champion over the 100m distance showed her quality by producing the fastest times in both the heats and semi-final qualification rounds on route to the final.

Kayla Van Der Merwe Bronze
Van Der Merwe celebrates her second medal of the championships

Into the final Van der Merwe once again upped her game producing a new personal best of 1:07.06 to be rewarded with bronze, with the top four separated by just 0.17 seconds.

Teammate Charlotte Rigg was unable to progress through the heats Women’s 100m Breaststroke of the Women’s 100m Breaststroke on this occasion but will take consolation in producing a personal best on the world stage.

Meanwhile City of Cardiff swimmer Kyle Booth showed no hangover from his early exit in the 100m Breaststroke on Tuesday, bouncing back to qualify seventh for the final in his favoured Men’s 200m Breaststroke discipline. Competing from lane one, Booth produced a strong swim to lower his semi-final time and maintain his seventh place ranking, with the race won by USA’s Josh Matheny in a championship record time of 2:09.40.

In the Women’s 400m Freestyle Michealla Glenister continued her theme of the week, dropping yet another personal best in the pool as she lowered her mark in the event by two seconds to 4:15.30 to finish 12th in the standings ahead of Rachel Anderson in 20th.

Further members of the British team in action over championship days three and four included; Honey Osrin (10th) and Pia Murray (15th) in the Women’s 200m Backstroke, William Bell (17th) in the Men’s 800m Freestyle and Charlie Brown (23rd) in the Men’s 50m Backstroke.

Full results from the FINA Junior World Swimming Championship can be found here, with live streaming of the championships available via