We may not have got away with much gold medals as we liked on Day 4 last night of the 2022 World Swimming Championships 25m, as the Dolphins only collected just the 1 gold, 2 silver & 3 bronze.
It was great seeing Emma McKeon & Kyle Chalmers team up together in the Mixed 4 x 50 Free Relay alongside Matt Temple & Meg Harris. They swam really well in their respective shifts (Kyle 1st & Emma 4th in-line) that sent a huge threat to France, but just couldn’t get any closer past them.
We also saw Kyle doing the exact same thing in the Men’s 4 x 200m Free relay, where he too closed the gap within reach of USA at one point after he took over Tommy Neill on his 2nd shift; It allowed him to build a good foundation for the Aussies to try & get past them going into the 2nd half-distance. Although Flynn Southam held his line well, but we couldn’t see Mack Horton stay ahead in 2nd where USA won gold there + the world record.
Then we all feel sorry for Isaac Alan Cooper in the Men’s 50m backstroke when we thought he won gold, but it turned out to be a false start due to a system error. He did his best to hold on 1st after a great fire off towards the opening turn, but sadly he was outrun by Ryan Murphy (USA) at just -0.9 secs. We all have to move on & get behind him, so he can go one better next time.
And there is one person who is outstanding when it comes to swimming long-distance freestyle races – Lani Pallister. She was absolutely too good in her latest 1500m meet, especially when Lani fired off well through the first 25m into 1st before she pulled off further ahead where no one couldn’t catch her down ever since. What a swim that is, having now collected three freestyle gold medals (400m, 800m & 1500m) + the 4 x 200 Relay in this edition.
It’s also great to see Lani share the top podium spot with the legendary Dawn Fraser as well.
Plus, shoutout to Mollie O’Callaghan in 3rd (Women’s 50m back), and So does Jenna Strauch – who may have fired off slow – but did a great job gradually building her way home up to 4th in the Women’s 200m breaststroke. Australia not out of the race just yet in the medal tally as they’re currently just three gold medals behind Team USA in the hope of regaining the lead going into the second last day of this program later today.