BRISBANE’s Olympic gold medallist Emily Seebohm has continued her stunning debut into the realms of the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, adding two more medals to her haul on the third night of competition at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.
The 22-year-old took her medal tally to three when she added another silver medal in the 200m backstroke to match her night two silver in the 100m backstroke before claiming bronze in the 100m individual medley.
And it seems everywhere that Emily goes in these Championships so does Hungarian super swimmer Katinka Hosszu.
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The 25-year-old FINA Swimmer Of The Year has won the gold in all three of Seebohm’s races – and all three in world record times.
But Seebohm has not been afraid to get in and race the “The Iron Lady” of the pool in this, her first attempt at a World Short Course Championship meet.
She charged to her second silver medal in the 200m backstroke, clocking one of the fastest times ever recorded in the process and 15 minutes later was back in the water in the individual medley.
“Being my first World Short Course I didn’t really know what to expect and I’m over the moon with my results,” said Seebohm.
“I haven’t done that much short course racing; I’m more of a long course swimmer so it’s fun to come here and deal with all the pressures that go with a big meet like this; I didn’t really expect to swim this fast so to keep improving is awesome.”
Seebohm led out for the first 50m of the 200m to again set up a thrilling duel with Hosszu, who took control in the second 50m, splitting 58.36 to Seebohm’s 59.16.
But the determined Australian wasn’t going away as Hosszu sped to a new world record of 1:59.23 – the first woman under two minutes with Seebohm in hot pursuit, setting new Commonwealth and Australian records of 2:00.13.
Only Hosszu and previous world record holder, Olympic champion Missy Franklin have swum faster.