And Thursday also offered another golden scent with Zac Stubblety-Cook ready to dominate the 200m breast final to complete a double Olympic / World Championship.
After the good work of Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith and the great Katie Ledecky, who produced a decisive third leg, Sims brought home the United States in a 7-minute championship record 41.45 seconds, far from Australia (7: 43.86).
Stubblety-Cook looks untouchable at her Tokyo-winning event, after setting a time of 2: 06.72 in her semi-200m brace that was more than two seconds faster than her nearest challenger.
Elizabeth Dekkers of Australia competed during the FINA World Championships in Budapest. Source: AAP / Lairys Laurent / ABACA / PA
His own world record of 2: 05.95, set at the national championships in Adelaide last month, could also be in jeopardy because he seemed to have more in reserve.
Kaylee McKeown had to settle for sixth in a blanket finish in the 50m backstroke – not her strongest discipline – but her 27.47sec clock was, agonizingly, just 0.07 outside the medals as 0.08sec separated second and sixth place. Canadian Kylie Masse won at 27.31.
Mollie O’Callaghan leads Australian 4×200 silver rush at swimming world championships Source link Mollie O’Callaghan leads Australian 4×200 silver rush at swimming world championships