Seebohm wins Australia’s fifth medal in Spain
31 July 2013
SWIMMING: Emily Seebohm has won the Australian Swim Team’s fifth medal of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, picking up silver in the women’s 100m backstroke.
In a replica first and second result of the Olympic final in London last year, the Queenslander coached by Matt Brown at Brothers in Brisbane swam a Season Best time of 59.06 with Olympic champion Missy Franklin taking gold in 58.42.Winning an individual silver medal at a World Championships for the first time, the 21-year-old said the swim will provide just more motivation going forward.
“I’m feeling good, I would have liked to go sub-59 but that is the result I was given and it’s only going to motivate me to train harder. I know what I want, and I’ve got to keep improving bit by bit,” said Seebohm.
“I won bronze in the 100 back in Rome 2009, so this is my best result at Worlds since then which is really good, and I think it’s positive that I haven’t dropped in position in the backstroke since last year. I know that I’m not in the shape that I was in last year so that gives me that little bit extra to work on, start getting back in that state, and start going under 59 seconds again.
”In the men’s 100m backstroke Victorian Ashley Delaney finished sixth in a Season Best time 53.55 showing good signs for Australia’s medley relay for later in the week.“I wanted to make sure I actually performed in the final and I did that tonight with a PB. I came in ranked 10th and ended up getting sixth so I definitely see that as a good result and look forward to the medley relay,” said Delaney.
In the first final of the night Cameron McEvoy and Thomas Fraser-Holmes finished seventh and eighth respectively in the men’s 200m freestyle with France’s Yannick Angel winning in 1:44.20.
McEvoy showed some good early speed to cover the four laps in 1:46.63 while Fraser-Holmes finished in 1:47.11, all good indications for the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay starting on Thursday.
In the semi-finals of the men’s 50m breaststroke, gold medallist from last night Christian Sprenger qualified as the fourth fastest and will be better for a full 24 hours rest now between races. Sprenger covered the 50m in 27.10 while South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh was the quickest through in 26.81.
A silver medallist in the event in Shanghai two years ago, Kylie Palmer was the sixth quickest through to tomorrow night’s final in a controlled 1:56.53, while teammate Bronte Barratt finished 12th overall in 1:57.18.
Meanwhile, Barratt’s training partner at St Peters Western in Brisbane, Grant Irvine finished 14th in the semi-finals of the men’s 200m butterfly in a time 1:56.95.
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Australian Swim Team - Medallists
Gold – Christian Sprenger – 100m Breaststroke
Silver – Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts – 4x100m Freestyle Relay
Silver – Alicia Coutts – 100m Butterfly
Silver – Alicia Coutts – 200m Individual Medley
Silver – Emily Seebohm – 100m Backstroke