Queensland swimmers strike GOLD at FINA World Cup

AUSTRALIA has enjoyed success at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo.

Queenslander Mitch Larkin swam faster than he did to win the World Championship crown in Kazan in August, to take gold in the men’s 200m backstroke at the Tatsumi International Swimming Centre on Thursday night.

He also claimed a new Australian and Commonwealth record with a time of 1:53.34.


The 22-year-old added the gold medal to the gold he picked up in the 100m backstroke and silver in the 50m event.

“I didn’t quite expect that time,” Larkin said.

“For me, the question really was about endurance. I swam my way through the first 100 pretty comfortably and tried to keep my legs fresh.

“I was really happy with (my 50)…. (it’s) a non-Olympic event so I don’t really focus on it too much, but it’s obviously important having a bit of speed for the 100.”

Gold Coast product Chris Wright also nabbed a gold, in the men’s 100m butterfly (52.77) to get the better of Japan’s Takeshi Kawamoto (52.82) and the USA’s Tom Shields (52.83).

His wife, Melanie Wright, came fourth in women’s 100m freestyle (54.63).

A number of the swimmers will now move onto Doha and then Dubai for the finals legs of the FINA World Cup Tour.