Aussies on fire at World Short Course Championships

COMMONWEALTH Games medallist Bronte Campbell has put on a stunning finish in her 100m freestyle heat at the FINA World Short Course Championships in Doha this morning.

The 20-year-old Queenslander was lagging behind at the 50m turn but sped home over the final two laps to clock 52.67 and qualify comfortably into tonight’s semi-finals in fourth place.

“I had a look at the 50m turn and thought, I better get a move on here in this second 50m,” said Campbell, the dual Pan Pacific 50 and 100m freestyle silver medallist behind world champion sister Cate who is home recovering from shoulder surgery.


In this morning’s other heats, Brisbane-based training partners Emily Seebohm and Ellen Fullerton both qualified for tonight’s semi-finals in the women’s 100m individual medley, with Fullerton clocking a new personal best time in the process.

Sydney’s Matt Abood and Gold Coast swimmer Cameron McEvoy both qualified for the 50m freestyle semi-finals after a total of 18 heats & 144 starters raced in today’s heats.

Meanwhile in other finals tonight, all eyes will be on Olympian Mitch Larkin who is the fastest qualifier for the men’s 100m backstroke final after winning his semi-final in 49.62.

Australia will also have two finalists in the women’s 100m backstroke with Olympic silver medallist Seebohm qualifying second and Madison Wilson sixth in 56.91 as well as two finalists in the women’s 50m breaststroke with Leiston Pickett and Sally Hunter.

While London Olympian Tommaso D’Orsogna will line up against Olympic 200m butterfly gold medallist Chad Le Clos (RSA) in the 100m butterfly final.