Australia has added a trio of medals to its tally on night seven of the 2019 World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, collecting two silvers and one bronze at the Nambu University Aquatics Centre.
Backstroke specialist Kaylee McKeown captured her first world championships medal – and the Dolphins’ first of the evening – after steaming home to claim silver in the Women’s 200m Backstroke.
Posting a personal best time of 2:06.26 to secure second spot and a podium finish, McKeown bettered her performance from 2017 in Budapest which saw her break the junior world record and place fourth overall. Fellow Dolphin Minna Atherton, who won silver in the 100m backstroke on night three, recorded 2:08.26 to finish sixth overall.
Flying home from lane three in 8:15.70, Ariarne Titmus set a new Oceania record and smashed her personal best to claim bronze in the Women’s 800m Freestyle. The medal marks her fourth podium finish of the competition after picking up gold medals in the 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay, as well as silver in the 200m freestyle. Kiah Melverton also competed in the race, placing seventh overall in 8:25.07.
In the final event of the night, Australia’s relay team of Kyle Chalmers (47.37), Clyde Lewis (48.18), Emma McKeon (52.06) and Bronte Campbell (52.36) claimed silver in the 4x100m Mixed Freestyle Relay. Their impressive time of 3:19.97 set a new Oceania record and marked Australia’s sixth relay medal of the competition. The USA won gold in a new world record time of 3:19.40, while France received bronze in 3:22.11.
Dolphin rookie Matthew Temple competed in his first world championship final after taking his position in the Men’s 100m Butterfly. Hitting the wall in 51.51, which is only four one hundredths of a second off his personal best, the young Victorian placed an admirable sixth overall in his debut outing. American champion Caeleb Dressell snared gold in 49.66 – the second fastest time in history.
After collecting two relay gold medals earlier in the week, Brianna Throssell lined up in the Women’s 50m Butterfly final on Saturday night. Diving in from lane one, the 23-year-old finished eighth overall with a time of 26.11. Swedish great Sarah Sjostrom nabbed gold in 25.02.
Cate Campbell will head into tomorrow night’s Women’s 50m Freestyle final as the second fastest qualifier after posting a time of 24.09 in the semi-final. Campbell’s sister Bronte was forced to take part in a swim off with China’s Liu Xiang at the end of the night for the eighth lane, after both swimmers clocked 24.46 in the semi. Campbell came out on top in 24.38 and will join her sister in the final.
Breaststroker Jess Hansen will also feature in finals tomorrow night after securing her spot in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke event. Placing fourth in her semi with a time of 30.92, Hansen will head in as the seventh fastest qualifier.
At the conclusion of night seven, Australia sits second on the medal tally with five gold, eight silver and four bronze medals.
Tomorrow’s final heat session kick off at 11am (EST), with finals starting at 9pm (EST).
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