Dolphins scoop four medals On night five

16 December 2018

Australia was in the medals on night five of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), winning one silver and three bronze, taking the total medal tally for the championships to ten.

In his first international meet since the 2016 Olympics, Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Griffith University) won silver in the men’s 400m individual medley in 4:02.74.

Immediately after the race he said: “It came down to what I thought it might come down to for the medals and I just trusted my finish, trusted my freestyle and trusted my ability to go out and conserve energy.

“I really wanted to make sure I was on the podium tonight, to make sure I could re-establish myself after the last 12 months and I feel like I did that tonight,” he said.

Holly Barratt (Rockingham) claimed a bronze in the women’s 50m backstroke to go with her silver in the 50m butterfly from last night.

Making a quick transition to the starting blocks after the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle, Barratt touched in third in 26.04.

Barratt (23.89) swam a personal best time in the 50m freestyle to qualify for tomorrow’s final in sixth place. Her time also makes her the fifth fastest Australian ever over that distance.

Following her backstroke win Barratt said: “I am very happy with that race. It was right after my freestyle semi-final and all I was focusing on was holding together a good race when I was going to be a bit tired.

“I wasn’t thinking about medals beforehand, I just wanted to execute the race well and do the skills the way I wanted, and I did so I am very happy,” she added.

The women’s 4x200m relay team broke the Australian and Commonwealth record to claim Australia’s fourth medal of the night.

The team of Ariarne Titmus (St Peters Western) (1:52.22), Minna Atherton (Brisbane Grammar) (1:54.73), Carla Buchanan (Acacia Bayside) (1:54.82) and Abbey Harkin (St Peters Western) (1:54.63) touched in 7:36.40 to take bronze, breaking the previous record from 2010 held by Blair Evans, Jade Neilson, Kelly Stubbins and Kelly Palmer.

Anchoring the team to touch in third, Harkin said: “I felt like I was the one who had to bring us home and we got there just in the end. I am so happy.

“I could not see the girl in the other lane, so it came down to the last touch. I was praying when I got to the wall it said. No. 3 next to it.

“It is the best feeling, a Commonwealth record and Australian record,” she added.

Jess Hansen (Nunawading) added to the Dolphins medal tally in the women’s 100m breaststroke final, touching in 1:04.61, clipping Italy’s Martina Carraro for the bronze.

After her race Hansen said: “I swam a personal best last night which is always nice, tonight wasn’t as fast as that, but a bit more pressure in a final.

“Probably a little messier than what I hoped but still came away with a medal, so you’ve got to be happy with that,” she said.

Earlier in the evening and swimming in her first individual international final as a Dolphin, Harkin (2:08.30) placed seventh in the women’s 100m individual medley along with Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar) (2:06.80) who touched in sixth.

The men’s 4x50m medley relay of Mitch Larkin (St Peters Western) (23.34), Grayson Bell (TSS Aquatic) (26.62), Cameron Jones (St Peters Western) (22.23) and Cam McEvoy (TSS Aquatic) (20.90) finished in eighth place in 1:33.19.

Backing it up in a tight turnaround from the medley relay, McEvoy (46.69) just missed qualifying for the men’s 100m freestyle by 0.16 seconds.

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