2022 FINA WATERWATER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Just two days ago, I published an article to highlight some of the problems that Australians have faced at this World Cup. I’m happy to say today that the article hasn’t gotten too old, because some of the Australians I mentioned in it have redeemed themselves with incredible performance today.
McKeown finally wins the world title
At the beginning of the meeting, there was a lot of discussion about whether Kaylee McKeown scratch 100 back and focus on 200 im worth it. In the end, she won silver at 200 IM in 2: 08.57, which is only 0.38 seconds from her best time. However, there were many who thought that second place was not worth giving up the title if she held the world record. She also fell atypically backwards from the podium to fifty and finished fifth in time. of 27.45.
As she ran down McKeown in the last 50 meters of the semifinals to 200 back, Phoebe Bacon was the favorite to win the final tonight. However, after being behind the American for most of the race, McKeown returned with 31.70 of the last 50 t0 and overtook Bacon by 0.04 seconds to win her first ever world title in her last individual event. She set a time of 2: 05.08, and even though it’s still slower than her best time of the season of 2: 04.68, her victory was still a great way to end her individual race at this meeting after people doubted it all week.
Tomorrow, McKeown will probably have another chance to show up a hundred when she leads the Australian women’s position relay 4 × 100.
Wilson and O’Callaghan win the relay
Considering that Emma McKeon, Shayna Jack and Cate Campbell not all were available, Australia did not have a full-strength team entering the 4 × 100 mixed freestyle relay. Still, Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers, Madi Wilsonand Mollie O’Callaghan overtook the field to earn gold in the world record, combining in 3: 19.38.
Read more about the world record here.
In particular, for Wilson and O’Callaghan, this relay made up for their performances two days ago. After both reached their best times in the 4 × 200 freestyle relay, O’Callaghan and Wilson continued in the fastest and third fastest women’s split 52.03 and 52.25 in the mixed freestyle relay, helping to increase Chalmers’ lead. to secure victory. This is particularly impressive given that neither of these two women was on the Australian World Record in the 4 × 100 free relay last year. The fact that six different active Australians are in the world record for holding 4 × 100 freestyle relays (not even Shayna Jackwhich has the second fastest time in the world this year) only once again shows how deep the country is going.
- Kiah Melverton won her first individual medal from the world championship, finishing second in the 800 women’s freestyle with the best time of the season of 8: 18.77. However, Lani Pallistermedal favorite of this event, was forced to resign due to a diagnosis of COVID-19.
- Meg Harris Fifty advanced to the finals freely with a personal record of 24.39, the third fastest in the semifinals. Isaac Cooper he also advanced to the semifinals in his respective race, playing 24.60 and finishing seventh in the semifinals of 50 men.
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