One day to go of this year’s World Swimming Championships and the Dolphins Swim Team have once again snatched another two gold & one silver medals on Day 7 in Budapest, Hungary.
It’s good to see Kaylee McKeown back to her best in the Women’s 200m backstroke final, having finally secured her first World Championship gold. She fired off well inside the Top 3 that allowed her ample time to stay in the mix before McKeown capitalised on top spot going into the last 50m that helped her lock up both Team USA swimmers towards the finish line.
Then we saw Kiah Melverton swam her way to 2nd alongside a personal best in the Women’s 800m Freestyle Final at 8:18:77. Yes, it was a race where Team USA’s Katie Ledecky was too good all along as she’s one of the world’s best out there for over a decade. But she did so well nonetheless with a full swim performance – especially when she closed down the rest of the field just in time for her silver medal.
And a big pat on the back to our 4 x 100 Mixed Freestyle Relay Team – including Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers, Madison Wilson & Mollie O’Callaghan. Not only they took home another gold but also smashed the new world record time of 3:19:38. We love Cartwright finish off his best in Stage 1 – even though his shoulders were tired after a hard fought 100m dash – before Chalmers took over & took the most credit that sent Australia into the lead by the time he handed over to Wilson & O’Callaghan at the halfway mark. The team effort & communication Cartwright & Chalmers built here has set up an easy finish for the girls where they have swam proud on the run home for them.
The door may be closed for the Dolphins for 1st behind Team USA on the medal tally, but they can finish off on a high in 2nd with plenty of gold up for grabs. There’s Meg Harris in the Women’s 50m Free, Isaac Cooper Men’s 50m backstroke & two 4 x 100 medley relays in both men’s & women’s races. Plus, Jenna Forrester in the Women’s 400m Medley if she can get past Heat 2 tomorrow.