It was another world record breaking night, with USA and Australia both breaking relay records at the second night of the Melbourne FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
After claiming two golds, silver and bronze on the opening night, the Aussie Dolphins once again delivered a strong performance for the home crowd.
Lani Pallister picked up her third gold medal of the Championships, after backing up from her 400m gold last night to take out the 800m freestyle and anchor the 4x200m relay. It was not only a gold medal but another World Record for the Aussie women, with a team of Pallister, Mollie O’Callaghan, Madi Wilson and Leah Neale taking the win, shaving almost two seconds off the previous record.
Kaylee McKeown took home the 100m backstroke gold in 55.49, followed by fellow Aussie Dolphin O’Callaghan in 55.62. Canada’s Ingrid Wilm and the USA’s Claire Curzan post the same next best time – 55.74 to share the bronze podium position.
“It’s amazing to have two Aussies on the podium and raking in some medals for the Australian team,” McKeown said.
“It’s always amazing regardless of where we are, but to have the Aussies in the stadium is great.
“Mollie’s main event is freestyle so for her to swim backstroke and finish second, almost come first is absolutely amazing in itself. The depth of swimming in Australia is really coming along nicely and we have some really good leads coming into Paris.”
Brazil’s Nicholas Santos, at 42 years young, took gold and a new Championships Record in the 50m Butterfly at 21.78. Post race he announced that it would be the last race of his career.
“I am getting old and leaving this to the young guys. I was trying to break the world record, my own record. I was close, but it’s not easy. I have tried a few times. I leave swimming at 42 years of age and I am really happy and proud.”
Four-time Olympic gold medalist and the former world-record holder in the men’s 100-meter backstroke, USA’s Ryan Murphy left no doubt about his supremacy in moving to the 25m pool by setting a Championship Record in 48.50.
The hotly contested Men’s 100m Freestyle Semi Final saw Romania’s David Popovici continue to break records, setting a new World Junior record of 45.91. But France’s Maxime Grousset was the best in the pool, outrunning the Romanian ace by .33 with his 45.58
Jordan Crooks gave the Cayman Islands something to get excited about as he posted the fastest time going into the finals with his 45.55. Fourth after 50m, crowd-favourite Kyle Chalmers rallied to finish the semi in second with a 45.66.