Australia Continues To Break Out From 2017’s Shadow


Australia remains the only Oceanic nation on the board, with the Dolphins currently ranked 3rd in the medal table with 7 pieces of hardware in all. The Aussies have 2 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze and look to do more damage as the 2019 World Championships carry on.

Back in 2017 in Budapest, Emily Seebohm represented the sole gold medalist, with Australian bringing home just 10 medals total. The fact they are already over halfway to that point with 7 medals through day 3 is already an improvement over where they were this time 2 years ago.

Minna Atherton added a silver to the Aussies’ tally today, finishing behind winner Kylie Masse of Canada in the women’s 100m backstroke. Mitch Larkin also snapped up a bronze in the men’s equivalent of the event. Ariarne Titmus is a strong contender in tomorrow night’s 200m free final as well to continue the momentum.

Conversely, the men’s 200m free took a hit when Kyle Chalmers missed the final, and Clyde Lewis, who led the men after semis with a time of 1:44.90, finished 6th in tonight’s race. Mack Horton, the 400m free silver medalist already here, finished out of the top 8 for the men’s 800m free final as well.

World Championships Swimming Medal Table Through Day 3

1  United States 3 2 2 7
2  China 3 1 2 6
3  Australia 2 2 3 7
4  Canada 2 0 2 4
5  Great Britain 1 1 1 3
6  Italy 1 0 2 3
7  Hungary 1 0 0 1
8  Russia 0 4 1 5
9  Germany 0 1 0 1
 Japan 0 1 0 1
 Sweden 0 1 0 1
12  Brazil 0 0 1 1
Totals (12 nations) 13 13 14 40


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William Charles Alexander

Arnie “The Terminator” Titmus big chance to complete the rare 200-400-800 treble now! Even if Ledecky recovers in time for the 800 free, i wouldn’t put her as the favourite by any means, considering the slew of chaos thats transpired surrounding her.


200 has strong possibilities but with the presence of Pellegrini and Sjostrom, is no “rolled gold” certainty. 800 ??? Ledecky may or may not swim but even with her out, there are a group of swimmers a few seconds faster than Titmus. Possible = yes but think 800 is more minor medal at best.


Quadarella has to also be a major contender with how well she opened (and closed for that matter) in her 1500.

Definitely Not Sun Yang

American medley is now completely on the back of Lily King. Australia shows it has a viable, world class alternate in backstroke without Seebohm, plus McKeon and Campbell are superior on the backhalf. Maybe Regan Smith could help out a bit next year–but the 100 back final times at Gwanju were deflated by faulty blocks. and I see Atherton being able to drop a 58 mid or lower next year.


Australia’s backstroker beat Smoliga by like .1


And Baker is the world record-holder…

Definitely Not Sun Yang

And usually the US would be able to count on a dominating first leg from Baker, but she is clearly not ready at this meet. Smoliga is about even with Atherton, leaving King to deal with the Americans’ deficit on the back end.


well yeah, Baker’s not gonna help this year… but I suspect the USA will still be ahead after the backstroke.


butterfly leg with McKeon and Dahlia could be fun… they’ll want to have the lifeguards ready.


If only Clyde swam his time from semis he would have won gold ..

I hope mckeons alright for the mixed medley relay tonight

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