Mollie O’Callaghan and Zac Stubblety-Cook win gold at FINA world swimming championships

Mollie O’Callaghan and Zac Stubblety-Cook win gold at FINA world swimming championships
Mollie O’Callaghan and Zac Stubblety-Cook win gold at FINA world swimming championships

Mollie O’Callaghan and Zac Stubblety-Cook have made it one other golden day for Australia at the world swimming championships in Budapest.

O’Callaghan overcame a contact of pre-race panic to take the 100m freestyle with a unprecedented late burst on Thursday night, native time.

Then Stubblety-Cook appeared to toy together with his 200m breaststroke opponents to storm by and add the world title to the Olympic gold he gained within the occasion final 12 months.

Their sensible come-from-behind wins doubled Australia’s golden tally to 4, whereas Jenna Strauch, within the ladies’s 200m breaststroke, and the boys’s 4x200m freestyle quartet of Elijah Winnington, Zac Incerti, Sam Short and Mack Horton additionally added silvers.

At 18 years of age, Queenslander O’Callaghan swept by in dramatic trend within the last 10 metres of her race to grab her first particular person world gold and her fourth medal of the championships.

She clocked 52.67 seconds to beat Swedish world-record-holder Sarah Sjostrom by 0.13 and American Torri Huske by 0.25.

Once once more, the Brisbane teenager gained it the onerous manner, turning sixth after the primary 50m, 0.61 behind Sjostrom.


However, simply as in Wednesday’s semi-final — when she produced the quickest second-half of a ladies’s 100m freestyle race ever recorded, 26.43sec — to roar from final to first, O’Callaghan once more timed her race completely, clocking 26.71 for the ultimate 50.

Even with 20m left, it regarded as if she may simply miss out earlier than her jet-propelled end noticed her add to the ladies’s 4x100m freestyle gold she gained on the opening day and her 200m free and 4x200m relay silvers.

“Shocking, it was bad, the worst-ever,” smiled O’Callaghan, reflecting on her acquainted pre-race nerves.

“I was panicking in warm-up, had a little bit of a cramp in my leg.

Once in the water, though, she was nerveless as she became the fifth Australian woman to win the blue riband event after Jodie Henry, Libby Trickett and sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, once again demonstrating the depth of the nation’s female freestyling talent.

“It’s all about expertise for me and I wasn’t anticipating that at all,” O’Callaghan said.

Stubblety-Cook swam an equally extraordinary race.

He was last after 50m and 100m, before rousing himself to get to third at the 150m mark before his long, slow stroke powered him away over the final length to win, in 2:07.07.

That was manner down on the world file 2:05.95 that he’d set in Adelaide at the nationwide championships a month in the past.

Three male swimmers pose with their medals after a race
Zac Stubblety-Cook won his first gold of the 2022 championships, while his two main competitors took out the joint-silver medal, finishing with the same time.(Getty Images: BSR Agency/Nikola Krstic)

“It was an actual race tonight,” he said.

“Coming off trials final month was a special mindset than what I had going into final 12 months, in addition to the totally different strain. Tonight, I simply actually needed to exit and benefit from the race.”

The 23-year-old finished 1.31 seconds ahead of joint silver medallists, Japan’s Yu Hanaguruma and Sweden’s Erik Persson (2:08.38), with his final 50m split (31.98) almost a second faster than the next best.

Bendigo’s Strauch earned silver in the equivalent women’s event, and was even in the hunt for the gold until American Lilly King forged away over the last 25 metres.

Fastest qualifier Strauch clocked 2:23.04 as King, coming back from a COVID-19 break, won in 2:22.41.

In the last final of the day, the Aussies’ 4x200m team couldn’t get close to the US foursome, clocking 7:03.50, well down on the Americans’ 7:00.24.

It left the Dolphins with 4 golds, seven silvers and a bronze, capturing them to second within the desk, behind the dominant Americans (14-6-12).


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