AUSTRALIA has broken a decade old world record, defeating the United States to claim gold in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Ariarne Titmus, Madi Wilson, Brianna Throssell and Emma McKeon powered through the pool in seven minutes, 41.50 seconds at the world swimming titles in South Korea on Thursday night.
The time smashed the previous record held by China at the 2009 world championships.
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“It’s definitely hard to swallow at the moment…well, not hard, easy…I was in the team in 2015 and ended up getting silver in the 100m backstoke and so to then come back to get the gold with the girls, it’s indescribable, really,” Madi Wilson said following the win.
“As Emma was coming to the wall, I was just screaming with all my energy that I had left saying “come on, you can do it” – nothing describes the moment when Em touched the wall.
“We have a huge squad of girls back home and in the stands tonight that push us to be world record holders. We wouldn’t be here without the other four girls that were in the finals at trials. Our coach is also very good at making sure everyone’s included, fired up and supported, so we owe this to them”
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Aussie Matt Wilson also blitzed his 200m breaststroke semi-final overnight, equalling the 2017 world record held by Japan’s Ippei Watanabe.
Speaking after the race, Wilson said his goal was to make the final and that he’s now looking forward to taking his mind off the pool before the big race.
“I was just trying to get my hand on the wall and get in the final, anything after that was a bonus – I mean a world record is a pretty big bonus,” he said.
“I’ll just go back (to the village) and I’ll probably watch the footy, the Sharks are playing, that’s my team.
“They weren’t going very well last time I checked but I’ll do that, and it’ll take my mind off the swimming. I don’t want to waste energy thinking about the final, so I’ll just find something to take my mind off it.”
Olympic star Kyle Chalmers claimed silver in the 100m freestyle final in a personal best time of 47.08.