Swim Team on the rise
5 August 2013
SWIMMING: The Australian Swim Team has wrapped up the 2013 FINA World Championships with three silver medals on the final night of competition, for a total of 13 medals overall including individual gold to Cate Campbell, James Magnussen and Christian Sprenger.
The President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), John Coates, has congratulated the Australian Swimming Team for their achievements in Barcelona.
“There were very encouraging signs coming out of Barcelona and I congratulate all members of the Team,” Coates said. “It is very pleasing to note the increase in medals from the London Games from ten to twelve including the two extra gold medals.”
The 12 medals, 3 gold and 9 silver, compares with 1 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games.
“Interestingly our hosts from 2012, Great Britain, only managed to win a single bronze medal in Barcelona compared to 3 medals at their home Games,” Coates said.
The United States was again the dominant swimming nation with 29 medals and 13 gold. China and France both won nine medals in the pool with five gold and four gold respectively. Australia was second on total medals and fourth on gold.
Alicia Coutts was the star of the meet again for Australia winning five silver medals. At the London Olympics she also picked up an amazing five medals with one gold, three silver and 1 bronze. Other multiple medallists were Cate Campbell, Christian Sprenger, James Magnussen and Emily Seebohm.
“I hope that Alicia will continue on and lead our Swim Team to Rio,” Coates said.
Coates is also buoyed by the results achieved by our Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Team.
“Congratulations to our Women’s Water Polo Team going one better from the London Games with a silver medal at the World Championships in Barcelona. The top 8 performance by our young Men’s Team was outstanding and clearly they are on the verge of breaking through into the medal rounds in Rio.”
In the final swim session on Sunday night, 21-year-old Cate Campbell won the first medal of the session for Australia in the women’s 50m freestyle, picking up silver in a season’s best time of 24.14.
The fastest going into the final, Campbell had to chase down one of the quickest starters in world swimming in Ranomi Kromowidjojo from the Netherlands, and was just 0.09 of a second away from taking out the sprint double.
The Dutch sprinter crashed into the wall in the fastest textile time ever of 24.05, while younger sister Bronte Campbell finished equal fifth in a time of 24.66, her best individual performance at a major meet.
The men’s medley relay team of Ashley Delaney, Christian Sprenger, Tommaso D’Orsogna and James Magnussen finished the race in third but were elevated to silver after the USA was disqualified for breaking between the backstroke and breaststroke changeover.
Led out by Delaney in 53.55, breaststroke gold medallist Sprenger turned on a split of 58.47, before Magnussen came home in 47.28 with the Australian team finishing 3:31.64, just 0.13 away from the French and gold.
Campbell was then back in the water to anchor Australia’s women’s 4x100m medley relay team, joining up with Emily Seebohm, Sally Foster and Alicia Coutts to win Australia’s third silver of the night, and 13th medal overall.
Led out by Seebohm in a 59.40, with Coutts splitting her butterfly leg in 56.89 for her fifth silver medal of the meet, Campbell stormed home in 52.09 with Australia finishing just two seconds behind the US in 3:55.22. The silver medal was also a first for South Australian breaststroker Foster who split 1:06.84.
In other finals involving Australians, Gold Coast teenager Jordan Harrison finished sixth in the final of the men’s 1500m freestyle in an impressive performance for the youngest man in the field.
Finishing the 30 lap swim in a time of 15:00.44, the 18-year-old said it’s only ‘onwards and upwards’ after learning so much at his first major international meet.
Harrison’s occasional training partner and the Olympic champion, Sun Yang from China again proved his distance dominance to win gold in a time of 14:41.15.
Fellow Gold Coast swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes finished eighth in the final of the men’s 400m IM in 4:17.46 with Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto winning in a time of 4:08.69.
The Australian Swim Team will next compete at the 2014 Aquatic Super Series in Perth in January, with the Australian Short Course Championships to be held in Sydney later this month (Aug 23-25).
2013 FINA World Championships – Australian Swim Team – Medallists
Three Gold, Ten Silver – 13 Medals in Total (12 Olympic)
Gold – Christian Sprenger – 100m Breaststroke
Gold – James Magnussen – 100m Freestyle
Gold – Cate Campbell – 100m Freestyle
Silver – Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts – 4x100m
Silver – Alicia Coutts – 100m Butterfly
Silver – Alicia Coutts – 200m Individual Medley
Silver – Emily Seebohm – 100m Backstroke
Silver – Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer, Brittany Elmslie, Alicia Coutts – 4x200m Freestyle Relay
Silver – Belinda Hocking – 200m Backstroke
Silver – Cate Campbell – 50m Freestyle
Silver – Emily Seebohm, Sally Foster, Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell – 4x100m Medley Relay
Silver – Ashley Delaney, Christian Sprenger, Tommaso D’Orsogna, James Magnussen – 4x100m Medley Relay
Silver – Christian Sprenger – 50m Breaststroke (non-Olympic)
Alicia Coutts – five silver medals
Cate Campbell – one gold and three silver medals
Christian Sprenger – one gold and two silver medals
James Magnussen – one gold and one silver medal
Emily Seebohm – two silver medals
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