After claiming victory and smashing the world record in the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay on the opening night of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), the Australian Dolphins will be looking for another podium finish on night two in the hotly anticipated Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
The final is set to be a thriller with Australia triumphing in the morning heat in front of Canada and Brazil to qualify 2nd behind USA, followed closely by the Netherlands and China.
Rising star Joshua Yong will also return for the semi-final of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke tonight.
Yong said he wasn’t expecting to qualify for the semi-finals after touching the wall in 7th place in his morning heat, but is looking forward to getting another chance to race.
“I looked up at the board and thought, 7th spot, I’ll never get through,” said Yong.
“I’ll be focusing on my stroke, as that’s one of the areas I feel I am lacking, I also want to keep my breakout clean and smooth through each turn.”
Yong said it was a great feeling to walk out in front of a home crowd.
“It isn’t something that happens very often, it’s a great experience, I think it will also give me a boost this evening.”
Also in action tonight is duo Mollie O’Callaghan and Kaylee McKeown who will take on experienced Canadian backstrokers Ingrid Wilm and Kylie Masse in the Women’s 100m Backstroke Final.
Australia’s most successful Olympian Emma McKeon will contest the Women’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Finals alongside teammate Madi Wilson with Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey qualifying fastest.
After a strong swim in the heat of the Men’s 100 Freestyle, Kyle Chalmers will contest the semi-finals with teammate Matt Temple. Chalmers qualified 3rd behind Jordan Crook from Cayman Islands in the top spot in front of France’s Maxime Grousset, while Temple qualified in 15th position.
Isaac Cooper will contest the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final after qualifying equal 7th fastest overall.
The World Swimming Championships (25m) will be staged over six days from 13-18 December at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and will showcase over 1,000 swimmers across 46 events.
Heats start at 11am, AEDT each day and run for about two hours, while evening sessions – when the finals will take place – begin at 7.30pm AEDT. List minute tickets are still available here.
You can watch all the action exclusive, live and free on Channel 9.