Talking Underwater - World Champs Preview

19 July 2019
Talking Underwater

In a new vodcast format, we introduce the series 'Talking Underwater' to preview the FINA World Championships in Gwangju.

Hosts, Elka Whalan, James Magnussen and Bobby Hurley discuss the Australian Dolphins Swim Team, key races and international contenders.

"We've got one of the strongest Australian Teams in many years and we'd like to give these stars the accolades they deserve," said Magnussen.

Hurley with experience as an athlete at four World Championships, then a coach for South Africa and now a commentator for FINA brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. "I love swimming and could talk all day about it," says Hurley.

What we love about this format is the panel not only share their extensive knowledge, but also their insight as a competitor. There's a mix of bold predictions, world record alerts and discussion of the top contenders both within the Australian team and the internationals.

"The race of the meet for me is the Women's 200 Freestyle," said Whalan. "It is a stellar field. You've got the two Australians Emma McKeon and Ariarne Titmus up against (Olympic Champion) Ledecky and (World Champion) Pellergini."

Ready to Race

The team are ready to race and settled in to the Gwangju athlete village.

iSwim Livestream

Watch the Talking Underwater segment here and be informed ahead of the competition or on the iSwim app go to SKILLS and scroll down to the WORLD CHAMPS section to view the video preview.

You can catch all the racing action from the FINA World Championships on the iSwim app LIVE and FREE from Sunday 21 July to Sunday 28 July.

Download the iSwim app free from the app stores and be ready for the orange LIVE STREAM button to appear on Sunday morning, then tap to watch.

About the Presenters

  • Elka Whalan
  • Elka Whalan (nee Graham), is an Australian Dolphin who swam in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics.

    Graham specialised in the 200-metre and 400-metre freestyle events, also swimming the 800-metre freestyle. Her stellar swimming career saw her reach world #1 in her freestyle events bringing home medals from Olympics, World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

    Since retiring from swimming, Graham has enjoyed a successful media career and motherhood.

  • James Magnussen
  • Two-time World Champion in the 100m Freestyle, Magnussen still holds the second-fastest time in the event in a textile suit.

    He has won a total of 15 medals in major international competition, seven gold, five silver and three bronze, spanning the OlympicsWorld ChampionshipsCommonwealth Games, and the Pan Pacific Championships

    Magnussen announced his retirement from swimming in June 2019 and since has been given back to the sport through swim clinics and commentary, something he is passionate about.


  • Bobby Hurley
  • Former World Record holder in the 50 Backstroke, Hurley was a member of the Australian Dolphin Swim Team from xx to 2018.

    Hurley has been to four World Championships as an athlete and more recently as a coach and commentator.

    Hurley has an undying passion for swimming and a knowledge bank of swimming stats to rival anyone.

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