Sunday, August 14, 2022

Aus sets world record in mixed 4×100 freestyle

Australia set a world record in the mixed 4×100 meters freestyle final at the world swimming championships on Friday.
Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers, Madison Wilson and Mollie O’Callaghan clocked 3 minutes, 19.38 seconds in Budapest to shave two-hundredths of a second off the record set by the United States at the last worlds in Gwangju, South Korea, in July 2019.
The Australians ended the Americans’ three-title winning run from 2015 to 2019 in this event. All four were won with a world record. Canada’s team of Joshua Liendo, Javier Acevedo, Kayla Sanchez and Penny Oleksiak was 1.23 behind the Australians for silver, and the Unites States team of Ryan Held, Brooks Curry, Torri Huske and Claire Curzan was third, 1.71 behind.
Meanwhile, after five silver medals, Aussie Olympic hero Kaylee McKeown finally claimed gold when she edged American Phoebe Bacon by just four-hundredths of a second in the women’s 200m backstroke. McKeown delivered a clinical final 50m to add an individual world title to her resume.
McKeown was second fastest off the wall and first through the opening 50m, before Bacon made her move in the middle 100m to turn 0.33 ahead of McKeown at the 150m mark.
The 20-year-old’s renowned competitive spirit kicked in exactly when she needed it to, kicking in the final 50m to deliver her the gold medal by the barest of margins in 2:05.08.
Kiah Melverton also claimed silver in an inspiring swim in the women’s 800m freestyle final.
After the seventh day of action, Australia sits second on the medal tally with six gold, eight silver and one bronze.

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