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Six swimming gold to Australia

27 September 2015

SWIMMING: World champions Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell have led Australia to a stunning haul of six gold and 16 World Cup medals overall in Hong Kong.

Seebohm continued her 100m backstroke dominance on Saturday night, clocking 58.88 to score a comfortable win over American Olympic champion Missy Franklin (1:01.18).

Australia's London Olympian Belinda Hocking took bronze in 1:01.87 in an encouraging start to her return to the pool.

Campbell (53.60) proved too slick and too strong for Hungarian Iron Lady Katina Hosszu (54.42) with American Madison Kennedy third in 55.14 in the 100m freestyle.

It followed Campbell's win over sister Bronte in the 50m freestyle on the opening day of the meet, in what has been a timely return to competition after the Kazan World Championships.

In the most exciting race of Saturday night Australia's Nic Brown dead-heated with Russia's Vlacheslav Prudnikov in the 100m butterfly with both swimmers clocking 53.64.

In other gold medal swims, Queenslander Dan Smith made it a golden double, adding the 200m freestyle to his 400m freestyle win on day one.

He clocked 1:48.81 to edge Serbia's Velimir Stjepanovic (1:48.90) with fellow Australian Jacob Hansford taking bronze in 1:49.07.

And competing in his first World Cup, Sydney's Tomas Elliot clocked 2:01.82 to lead an Australian quinella from Kazmir Boscovic (2:02.01) in the 200m individual medley with New South Welshman Kenneth To (2:03.02) fourth.

The other Australian gold medal went to Olympian Ashley Delaney (25.55) in the 50m backstroke in another Dolphins 1-2, with fellow Kazan team mate Josh Beaver (25.74) second.

Beaver was later second (1:59.29) to Yuki Shirai (1:58.68)of Japan with Delaney third in 2:00.83 in the 200m backstroke final.

Australians Tommy Sucipto (1:01.96) and Matthew Treloar (1:02.01) were third and fourth in the 100m breaststroke, Holly Barratt (26.53) finished second in the 50m butterfly and Te Haumi Maxwell was third in the 50m freestyle in 22.68.

AAP

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