Great to see another three gold medal moments last night from the Aussies on Day 3 of the 16th World Short Course Swimming Championships. Although Team USA just knicked them down to 2nd right now in the medal tally by only one gold medal difference of eight, but there’s still three days left to swipe back at their arch rival by hopefully regain the top spot.
Let’s start off with superstar Emma McKeon – who not only finished off well that not only helped Australia win gold in the Women’s 4 x 100m Free Relay Final on Day 1 – but she too also kickstarted Day 3 with a gold of her own in the Women’s 100m Free. She too fired off well up to 2nd during the first 50m before McKeon got away with the lead, where she held off such firerce competition towards the end of the wall at 50.77 in front of her home crowd. She did try to repeat her brilliant finishing later in the Women’s 4 x 50m Free Relay Final; Although she couldn’t nail down on time, but still not a bad swim nonetheless with the team silver.
Speaking of superstars, how about Kyle Chalmers who also had an outstanding night of not one but two gold medals accrued for the Aussies. Love how he capitalised on Jordan Crooks’s strong start going into the last 25m dash, having ran 2nd for most of Men’s 100m free Final; That’s where the sweet spot is using his quick arms & kicks to help him supercharge his way home as he went one better at a time of 45.16.
Then he returned to action again by helping out to anchor the 4 x 50m Men’s Free relay. Once again Kyle repeated the exact same thing as seen earlier in the evening that helped secure another Aussie gold for himself, Isaac Alan Cooper & Flynn Southam & Matt Temple. Kyle is such a good finisher – who poses a huge warning to his rivals going into the final flip turn – where this has changed everything on the run home on his terms.
And shoutout to two more swimmers who also swam well with a bright future in sight such as – Liz Dekkers (bronze in the Women’s 200m Butterfly) & Thomas Neill (silver in the Men’s 400m Free).