The Dolphins took home two gold & the bronze on Day 5 last night of the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships 25m here in Melbourne, as they currently still sit in 2nd on the medal tally by only two gold & even three silver medals behind Team USA on 11 & 7 respectively.
So there’s still some possibility that the Aussies will hopefully top their arch-rival going into the sixth and final day of this program, having tied at five bronze medals apiece alone.
We’re going to start with the golden girls in the 4 x 50 Medley relay featuring Mollie O’Callaghan (back), Chelsea Hodges (breaststroke), Emma McKeon (butterfly) & Madi Wilson (free). They held their line well through each shift in 1st place after a decent fired off in the pool, particularly Madi Wilson in the final leg where she really well until the very end that not only helped the Aussies take home gold, but she managed to smash the world record time as well of 1:42.35.
Speaking of another golden girl, let’s talk more about our pool Queen here in Emma McKeon – who came back later on to race in the Women’s 50m Free. Once again, she was just too good in 1st all along from start to finish on Lane 5. Now Emma may have only smashed the new championship record time (23.04), but it’s still a golden swim nonetheless that bagged her another gold in one night for the Aussies.
On the other hand, we couldn’t see our men replicate the golden girls efforts – having finished bronze in the 4 x 50 Medley relay after a great start in the first 25m but couldn’t stay ahead; So does Kyle Chalmers who fell short in 7th in the 50m Free, where he too also swam well on the first 25m before he was knocked over by Jordan Crooks (Cayman Islands) & several others through to the finish line.
However, the boys have vowed to bounce back better, especially when Isaac Cooper had to go through during Night 5 after he thought he won gold in the 50m back Final, but then that race had to be restarted due to a technical malfunction before he was unfortunate to be outpaced in 2nd by Ryan Murphy (USA).