Swimming has long been a leader in inclusive sport and the decision to introduce the women’s 1500m freestyle and the men’s 800m free at an Olympic level in Tokyo 2020 presents an exciting opportunity in our sport.
With our Aussie athletes dominating at World Championships across the globe and our winter athletes ramping up preparations for PyeongChang 2018, here are 10 exciting things we learnt this month
The 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest has wrapped up with the Australian Dolphins Swim Team adding two bronze medals to their tally through distance swimmer Mack Horton and the women’s 4x100m medley relay team to leave Hungary with ten medals; one gold, five silver and four bronze.
Swimming at her sixth successive FINA World Championships Australia’s backstroke queen Emily Seebohm exceeded all expectations as she stormed home in the last lap of the women’s 200m backstroke to overpower and out-touch hometown hero, Katinka Hosszu and retain her world title from 2015.
Defending world champion Emily Seebohm has set a sizzling time in the women’s 200m backstroke semi-finals on night six at the Duna Arena, to move through as the fastest qualifier for tonight’s final in 2:05.81 - exactly the same time that won her the title in 2015.
Australia’s rich history in international relays continued last night as the women’s 4x200m freestyle team demonstrated true grit when the quartet of Madison Wilson, Emma McKeon, Kotuku Ngawati and Ariarne Titmus combined to bag the bronze medal in sensational style.
After an admirable eight races in just four days of competition at the Duna Arena in Budapest, Emma McKeon is showing no signs of slowing down and Australia’s own Iron Lady has collected an individual total of four silver medals so far.
It took a world record to deny Emily Seebohm a title defence in the women’s 100m backstroke, as the 25-year-old battled her way to bronze in a hard-fought podium finish.
Australia’s Men’s Water Polo Team, have gone down to reigning World and Olympic Champions Serbia 5-15 in the quarter finals of the FINA World Championships in Budapest.
The new-look Australian Synchronised Swimming Team has kicked off their four-year cycle towards Tokyo 2020 with two top-20 finishes, at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest.