2023 World Swimming Championships, Mollie O’Callaghan wows this pool with the world record gold in the 200m Freestyle Final as the Aussies still in front going into Day 5

by Sports Benches

We’re halfway through the week-long 2023 World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and our Aussie Dolphins Swim Team had a really memorable evening last night with another gold medal on its hands to a total of six so far. Plus, there were also three silvers accrued on Day 4 that saw them still hang in front ahead of China by just two gold medals being the difference on this medal tally.

First of all, love the unreal competition between Ariarne Titmus & Mollie O’Collaghan that made this 200m Freestyle Finals meet so great. Yes, we thought Arnie was the one to bring it home but then there was Mollie who wowed this pool en route towards not just the win but also became the new world record holder as well. Love her unreal reaction right there when she looked at the results screen. And on Arnie, it’s hard to look back when the race was going to be hers to take towards the home front, but she loves racing with Mollie & they’ll always do what’s best to bring home the gold for us.

Meanwhile, gotta praise the other swimmers who may have potentially added another gold or two, but they still did well nonetheless in the hope to going one better next time. Sam Short was 2nd best in the 800m Freestyle after being pipped by Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui, but he still for the majority with some decent records for us here & there as Sam will be back for more v Ahmed for the Olympics in Paris next year. So does Sean Williamson where he might not had a 1st half before he produced a good finish by surprise to 4th place in the 50m breaststroke final.

And we also thought there‘s gonna be another gold medal chance in the Mixed 4 x 100 m medley where some men & women competed each other for strategy, especially when Shayna Jack tried to outrun China towards the end there off her freestyle stroke. But again, just wasn’t quite enough to see them bow out in 2nd.

Roll on Day 5 now with 2-3 Aussie gold medal chances up for grabs in the hope of staying ahead up front on this medal tally.

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