Canada obliterated the world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay ©Swimming Canada/Twitter

A Canadian team including reigning Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak obliterated the junior world record by more than five seconds as they won the 4x200 metres freestyle relay crown on the opening day of the International Swimming Federation World Junior Championships in Indianapolis.

Oleksiak, winner of the 100m freestyle crown in Rio de Janeiro last year, swam a blistering second leg of 1min 56.86 to open clear water back to the rest of the field. 

Kyla Noelle Sanchez and Rebecca Smith also swam strong legs before a strong finish by Taylor Ruck - who joined Oleksiak in winning 4x200m freestyle bronze in Rio - for a combined time of 7min 51.47sec.

This took more than five seconds off the mark set by the Australian team in Singapore two years ago and saw them finish 5.86 clear of second placed Russia.

Japan finish a distant third in 8:02.09.

"I think it was pretty exciting," Oleksiak said afterwards.

"Going into the race we were all pretty confident with what times we could go for and to come out with the gold medal and a world junior record is pretty awesome."

Hungary also won their first-ever gold medal in the history of the FINA Junior World Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Hungary won the men's 4x100m freestyle relay ©FINA
Hungary won the men's 4x100m freestyle relay ©FINA

Kristof Milak, Marton Barta, Richard Marton and Nandor Nemeth crossed in 3:17.99 to win the men's 4x100m freestyle relay.

Poland finished second, 0.54 behind, with Australia a further 0.02 back in third.

Hosts United States endured a barren streak across both relays but did win the men's 400m freestyle courtesy of Andrew Abruzzo.

He won the first individual final of the week in 3:49.19 to defeat Balazs Hollo of Hungary by 0.78.

Fellow American Troy Freeman had the best time in the heats but finished just under a second behind Arbuzzo in 3:50.14.

Miku Kojima and Anna Sasaki of Japan delivered a one-two finish in the women's 400m individual medley.

Kojima's time of 4:39.14 was only 0.13 second off the world junior and championship record set by Rosie Rudin of Great Britain.

Sasaki swam 1.85 seconds slower than her team-mate to earn the silver medal. 

Anja Crevar of Serbia took bronze 3.10 seconds behind the winner.