Aussie swim stalwarts surprised by golden evening


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.




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