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Brenton Rickard of Australia celebrates after braking the world record, setting a new time of 58.58 seconds in the Men's 100m Breaststroke Final during the 13th FINA World Championships at the Stadio del Nuoto on July 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Brenton Rickard became Australia's newest world champion while Stephanie Rice, Jess Schipper and Matt Targett won silver medals in a sensational night

Rebecca Rippon of Australia is challenged by Antigoni Roumpesi of Greece in the Women's Water Polo Quarterfinal during the 13th FINA World Championships at the Stadio della Pallanuoto on July 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

World Cup champion and Olympic bronze medallist Australia is out of the medal hunt at the FINA world championships women's water polo competition in Rome.

Lisbeth Trickett (2ndL), Marieke Guehrer (L), Shayne Reese (2ndR) and Felicity Galvez of Australia receive the bronze medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 4x 100m Freestyle Final during the 13th FINA World Championships at the Stadio del Nuoto on July 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Australia claimed their first medal of the FINA world championships on Sunday, with the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team collecting bronze at the Foro Italico.

Australian Emma Moffatt celebrates her silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Her teammate Emma Snowsill won the gold.

Olympic bronze medallist Emma Moffatt has once again capitalised on the absence of fellow Australian Emma Snowsill to take a stranglehold on the world triathlon championship with her third straight victory in the series. Moffatt produced a stunning performance to record a dominant win in Hamburg early Sunday morning (AEST)

Lisbeth Trickett of the NSW Institute of Sport celebrates winning the Women's 100m Freestyle Final during day three of the 2009 Australian Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 19, 2009.

Australia's most intense rivals still rate the Dolphins as the second best swimming nation in the world and a major threat

Sally McLellan of Australia dips across the line to take victory in the Women's 100m Hurdles during day two of the Aviva London Grand Prix track and field meeting at Crystal Palace Stadium on July 25, 2009 in London, England.

Australian Olympic medallists Steve Hooker and Sally McLellan have had timely victories at the London Grand Prix athletics meet.

Matthew Mitcham of Australia competes in the Men's 3m Springboard Final during the 13th FINA World Championships at Stadio del Nuoto on July 23, 2009 in Rome, Italy. Mitcham finished ninth.

A lethargic Matthew Mitcham has struggled to a ninth place finish in the final of the men's 3m springboard at the FINA world championships on Thursday.The Olympic 10m platform champion completed his rigorous competition program with a tired performance, compiling just 431.30 points from his six dives.

Stephanie Rice of Australia looks on during practice at the 13th FINA World Championships at Stadio del Nuoto on July 23, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice is not 100 per cent ready for the world swimming championships and isn't confident she will win - but still expects to break her

Work continues on the Olympic Stadium and the surrounding Olympic Park on May 15, 2009 in London, England.

When two key Australian Olympic officials visited London in June for an update on the 2012 Games, they were pretty impressed with what they saw.

Matthew Mitcham of Australia looks dejected after his final jump in the Mens 10m Platform Final at the Stadio del Nuoto on July 21, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham blew a golden opportunity to win a maiden world title, plummeting from second to fourth with his final 10m platform dive at the FINA world championships on Tuesday. The Australian was just 6.5 points behind Chinese teenager Qiu Bo heading into the final round at Foro Italico but managed only 83.60 points with his trademark dive to drop out of the medals.