Aussie swim stalwarts surprised by golden evening

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Swim stalwarts Kyle Chalmers and Emma McKeon can scarcely imagine Australia’s superb opening evening on the pool on the world championships in Japan.

Two world information. 4 gold medals from 5 on provide.

Chalmers: “I sat there with goosebumps all evening.”

McKeon: “Two world information. 4 golds. It’s simply, like, nuts.”

Ariarne Titmus reclaimed her girls’s 400m freestyle file.

Australia’s 4x100m freestyle relay staff – McKeon, Mollie O’Callaghan, Meg Harris and Shayna Jack – broke the world file their nation set on the Tokyo Olympics of 2021.

They completed in three minutes 27.96 seconds, properly contained in the earlier excessive water-mark of three:29.69.

Sam Quick (400m freestyle) and Australia’s males’s 4x100m freestyle relayers – Jack Cartwright, Flynn Southam, Kai Taylor and Kyle Chalmers – additionally saluted on Sunday evening in Fukuoka.

Chalmers: “I’ve been on world championships groups the place we now have most likely struggled to win 4 medals for the entire competitors, not to mention 4 gold medals on the primary evening.”

Quick set the tone with victory within the males’s 400m freestyle, the primary closing of the meet.

McKeon: “I used to be within the name room for my 100 ‘fly semi when Sam was swimming. And also you get the goosebumps all via you – to have folks swimming that rapidly to your staff simply lifts your staff up.”

Chalmers: “Shorty … we now have sat there for the final two weeks watching him dominate coaching and speak the large recreation. And for him to ship was that spine-tingling second.”

Subsequent got here Titmus’ astonishing feat, blitzing her chief rivals, American legend Katie Ledecky and Canada’s 16-year-old star Summer season McIntosh in a match race between a trio who had all held the world file previously 18 months.

Titmus led from go to whoa, clocking 3:55.38 seconds, bettering McIntosh’s world mark of three:56.08 set final March.

Titmus: “I actually didn’t take into consideration getting the world file again, it wasn’t one thing that I had my thoughts on for this meet in any respect. I simply needed to come back right here and try to swim the best way I felt I used to be able to swimming – and it was clearly sufficient to get the file again.”

Chalmers: “(For) Ariarne to interrupt a world file after which the (relay) ladies break a world file, I don’t assume Australia might ask for a greater evening.”

The one gold the Aussies missed was due to a close to superhuman swim from Leon Marchand within the males’s 400m particular person medley.

The French star broke swimming’s longest-standing world file, eclipsing Michael Phelps’ mark of 4:03.84 from the 2008 Olympics – Marchand touched in 4:02.50.

— AAP


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