Graham and Atherton Claim Medals On Night Two In Hangzhou

13 December 2018

Australian Dolphins Alex Graham (Bond) and Minna Atherton (Brisbane Grammar) took home bronze medals on night two of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

Making his first World Championship final and swimming out of lane four, Graham picked up the bronze medal in the men’s 200m freestyle in a time of 1:42.28.

Immediately after the race Graham, who is coached by Bond’s Richard Scarce, said: “I had a good heat this morning and wasn’t really expecting to make the final to be honest and dropped a lot of time in that race, so was stoked with that.

“It is my first world championship final as an individual, so I am stoked to come away with a medal,” he added.

In her first World Championship final, Atherton (56.74) swam a strong race in the women’s 100m backstroke to grab the bronze in a tie with Great Britain’s Georgia Davies, Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar) coming home in sixth in 56.98.

Coached by Brisbane Grammar’s David Lush, Atherton said: “I am super excited that I got to give it a crack in the final and came away with the bronze.

“I just wanted to go out there and have some fun and give it my best shot and see what happened,” she said.

In a tight race for the men’s 100m backstroke title, Mitch Larkin (St Peter's Western) picked up fourth in a time of 49.46, missing the bronze medal by .06 of a second.

The women’s 4x50m medley relay of Atherton (26.44), Jess Hansen (Nunawading) (29.70), Seebohm (25.68) and Holly Barratt (Rockingham) (23.97) came home fifth in the final in 1:45.79.

Hansen came home sixth in the final of the women’s 50m breaststroke in a repeat of her heat and semi-final time of 30.20.

Carla Buchanan (Acacia Bayside) placed seventh in her semi-final of the women’s 100m freestyle with a time of 53.68 which placed her 15th overall.

The mixed 4x50m freestyle relay of Cam McEvoy (TSS Aquatic) (21.04), Cameron Jones (St Peter's Western) (21.11), Barratt (23.90) and Seebohm (24.04) placed sixth in the final in a time of 1:30.09.

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