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Mollie O’Callaghan leads Australian 4×200 silver rush at swimming world championships

Mollie O’Callaghan ran for her third medal at the World Championships in Budapest when she led the 4x200m freestyle relay quartet in the silver Australia.
But even though he couldn’t bring home the main prize on the ink leg in Wednesday’s final, the 18-year-old star also demonstrated earlier with an amazing swim in the 100m freestyle that a second gold could soon be on the way li.

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.

Their efforts helped bring a smile back to the Dolphins after Shayna Jack was early forced to leave the Championships after slipping and breaking her hand in a hot area.
For the 23-year-old, his abrupt end to his first world competition after completing a two-year doping ban left him “heartbroken”.
And Queenslander O’Callaghan took the light when he tried to complete the efforts of Tuesday Wilson, Leah Neale and Kiah Melverton on the previous three legs of the 4×200 when he reviewed American Bella Sims ’swim anchor.
But he took part in a breathtaking semi-final in the 100m only an hour and a half earlier, O’Callaghan, the 200m individual silver medalist, could not get close to the flying Sims.

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).

O’Callaghan, however, produced earlier an amazing performance in his individual semi, clocking the second fastest half ever in a women’s race, amazingly shooting from last to first place on a final timed landmark length of 26.43sec.
That was just a hundredth of a second slower than the first half of the race with 52.85sec and saw him qualify faster for Thursday’s final, ahead of Sweden eight-time world champion Sarah Sjostrom, who won the other race in.
He also won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, O’Callaghan could potentially finish with six medals because he is also lucky in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m women’s medley.

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 swims the butterfly. Elizabeth Dekkers swims the butterfly.

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.

The Dolphins have now picked up eight medals in total – two gold, five silver and one bronze – after five days of competition to place fourth on the table behind the USA (11 gold), Italy (four gold) and China (three gold). ).
Teenager Elizabeth Dekkers made a discovery in the 200m butterfly, finishing fifth in the final in 2: 07.01 behind the remarkable young Canadian champion, Summer MacIntosh, who set a world junior record of 2: 05.20.
Later, the 15-year-old MacIntosh made another mark in the junior world in the 4x200m freestyle final with his first step of 1: 54.79 which helped push Canada into the silver.

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.

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