At just 15-years-of-age Minna Atherton is following in the footsteps of her training partner and dual world champion Emily Seebohm after blitzing the field in the final of the girl’s 100m backstroke to take the championship crown and set a new World Junior record in a time of 59.58, then backing up to win a silver medal in the 4x100m mixed medley relay.

There seemed to be no stopping the Brisbane Grammar teen as she cruised through the heats, semi-final and final of the girl’s 100m backstroke unbeaten.

Atherton demonstrated her dominance as the only swimmer in the girl’s 100m backstroke field to clock a sub-one-minute time with the USA’s Claire Adams securing the silver in 1:00.19 with Bobbi Gichard from New Zealand bagging the bronze in 1:00.42.

The winning time is equal ninth fastest in the world this year and she now joins Seebohm and Madi Wilson as the third Australian inside the world’s best ten times for this year in the 100m backstroke event.

Now with both the senior and junior world championship titles in the 100m backstroke for women, Australia’s depth in this event is second to none.

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