Records fall on night four

14 December 2018

Australia has lifted their medal tally to six at the 14th FINA World Championships (25m) in Hangzhou after Ariane Titmus (St Peter’s Western) claimed her second gold medal of the meet, and a new world record in the women’s 400m freestyle, with Holly Barratt (Rockingham) also winning the silver medal in the women’s 50m butterfly.

Coached by St Peter’s Western Head Coach Dean Boxall, Titmus (3:53.92) knocked over four seconds off her heat time to beat Chinese swimmer Jianjiahe Wang, the winner of last night’s 800m freestyle.

Immediately after her record-breaking swim Titmus said: “I am a little bit in shock actually, after the 200 freestyle I thought I had a chance, but I don’t really think about that type of thing I just wanted to do my race.

“I have put in a lot of hard work since our trials five weeks ago as I wasn’t happy with how I raced there, so I put in five weeks of really hard training and the turnaround that I have had in that time has been unbelievable.

“I have dropped six seconds in my 400 in five weeks, so it just goes to show that training hard works,” she added.

Joining Titmus on the medal podium was Barratt, who won the silver medal in the women’s 50m butterfly. Beating her personal best time from this morning’s heat, Barratt again went under the 25 second mark touching the wall in 24.80.

Immediately after the race Barratt said: “I’m really happy with the result. Firstly, my swims in the heat and the semi, and then swimming the 50 fly in some relays as well, so I think all these races have fixed little things and it all came together in this one.

“This is my first individual world level medal which is really exciting, and I am about half way through my program here, so this is good going forward,” she added.

Barratt continued her hot form in the pool on night four, qualifying seventh for the women’s 50m backstroke final tomorrow night.

The men’s 4x50m relay of Cameron McEvoy (TSS Aquatic) (21.09), Alex Graham (Bond) (20.75), Grayson Bell (TSS Aquatic) (20.95) and Louis Townsend (Rackley) (21.13) swam a new Australian record, finishing fourth in a time of 1:23.92.

Jess Hansen (Nunawading) (1:04.11) swam a strong race in the women’s 100m breaststroke semi-final to touch first and will head into tomorrow’s final as the second fastest qualifier.

Emily Seebohm (Brisbane Grammar) was back in action in the final of the women’s 100m individual medley, placing 6th in 58.78 before she backed it up in the women’s 50m backstroke semi-final finishing 16th overall.

In the final race of the evening the men’s 4x200m relay team comprising of Graham (1:42.24), Jack Gerrard (Melbourne Vicentre) (1:44.18), McEvoy (1:43.74) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Griffith University) (1:42.89) finished in fifth place in 6:55.67 with Brazil claiming the gold and a new world record in 6:46.84.

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