A thrilling Thursday line up is on the cards for night three of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Melbourne, with some of the biggest names in the sport set to line up.
Emma McKeon will be diving back into the pool for the highly anticipated Women’s 100m freestyle, after qualifying in first place in front of Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey and fellow Aussie Madi Wilson.
McKeon will no doubt be looking to deliver more triumphs following her performance in anchoring the 4x100m free relay, capturing the gold and a world record swim while clocking the fastest-ever split (49.96) in history on Tuesday night.
World record-holder Kyle Chalmers will contest the Men’s 100m freestyle qualifying in third but will face some tough competition from Caymans Island, Jordan Crooks who qualified first in front of France’s Maxime Grousset. A name on everyone’s lips is David Poppovici who is the current World Record holder in the long course and tonight will be swimming out of lane two.
Dolphin Lizzie Dekkers was thrilled to capture a spot in the final of the Women’s 200m Butterfly and claim a new personal best.
“I sort of knew I would have to beat my PB to make it around that top eight,” said Dekkers.
“It was a pretty tough swim this morning but I am so grateful to make a final.
“Tonight I’ll try and go out a bit harder, trust my back end a little more, and try to submit differently so I get a better result.”
When asked how the team were going Dekkers said everyone was super pleased and excited with how the team had performed so far.
“Everyone is pretty pumped, we’re all doing well, the vibes are really high, particularly off last night,” said Dekkers.
Mack Horton will take to the blocks after qualifying fourth in the Men’s 400m Freestyle in front of teammate Tommy Neill who qualified fifth. The duo will face some tough competition from USA’s Kieran Smith who is leading the charge qualifying in first position followed by Matteo Ciampi from Italy and Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto.
In the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Champion Adam Peaty from Great Britain will be considered a hot favourite in his pet event.
The Championships 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.
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