Swimming New Zealand homepage

The start of something extraordinary

Personal Best Time for Micham on Day Three

Michael Mincham continued his successful World Junior Championship campaign with a five second personal best time in the men’s 800m freestyle.

The 17 year old from the Waterhole swim club swam an evenly split race, turning at the 400m mark in 4:05.0 before powering home with a 4:06.9 to finish 17th in a time of 8:11.97. 

“My race plan was to work the middle of the race, especially the fourth and fifth 100m, and then try to keep moving it on throughout the race,” said Mincham.

“I was pleased with my swim as I used it as an indicator for my 1500 on Saturday to see where I'm at, at this point of the meet. I was happy with the middle part but need to work the second 100m and later in the race when my splits dropped to 31 second laps. This could be better,” he said.

Backstroke specialist Bobbie Gichard finished 20th in the 200m backstroke. The 13 year old from Napier pushed the first 50m of the race hard turning in 31.0 seconds before dropping off to consistent 35 second split times. Her finishing time of 2:17.99 was just outside her best.

The only Kiwi swimmers competing on day four are Gabrielle Fa’amausili and Bobbie Gichard in the women’s 50m backstroke. Fa’amausili holds the 13 year old New Zealand age group record in this event.