Four New Nations Inserted Into Medal Table Through Day Three In Fukuoka


Day three of the 2023 World Championships saw a series of nations earn their first medals of the competition, spreading the hardware wealth now among 16 different countries.

Great Britain secured two medals in the first final of the evening, courtesy of its historic 1-2 finish in the men’s 200m freestyle.

Matt Richards topped the 2free podium in a new lifetime best of 1:44.30 while his domestic rival and reigning Olympic champion in the event Tom Dean posted 1:44.32 as tonight’s silver medalist.

The pair’s performances represented the first time ever that two British men landed on a World Championships podium in the event.

Wrangling up bronze was Hwang Sunwoo who posted a time of 1:44.42, giving his nation of Korea its first medal here in Fukuoka.

Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte cemented her comeback queen status, taking the women’s 100m breast in a dominant fashion. The 2012 Olympic champion clocked a time of 1:04.62 to win by over one second and add Lithuania to the table.

Runner-up Tatjana Schoenmaker grabbed silver in the race to give South Africa its first medal of the meet.

Schoenmaker will try to add to the tally in the 200m breast, representing the nation’s top medal contender overall with the absence of teammates Chad Le Clos, Pieter Coetze and Matt Sates.

Australia added a gold to its huge haul from night one, with Kaylee McKeown producing a new competition record en route to winning the women’s 100m back.

McKeown touched in 57.53 to get the edge over runner-up and former World Record holder Regan Smith of the United States while her stars n’ stripes teammate Katherine Berkhoff also landed on the podium with the bronze. The pair helped bring the U.S.’s total medals to 14 through day 3.

Swimming Medal Table Through Day 3 of 2023 World Championships

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9 months ago

Congrats to Ruta on the win and King off the podium is icing on the cake what a great race

9 months ago

Ireland just missed out with McSharry. Hopefully Dan Wiffen can grab a medal this week.

Phichael Melps
9 months ago

SwimSwam I know it’s not until Friday, but please could you do a hype-up for the M4x200 Free relay now that the times for the individual 200m are in?

Should be a good showdown between USA and GB.

Scuncan Dott v2
Reply to  Phichael Melps
9 months ago

It’ll be GB vs WR not GB vs USA.

9 months ago

Mats move from Bath was pivotal in this. Had he not done so, I dread to think where he would be now.

I’m sure the Bath camp will be hurting, the defector defeating them.

Reply to  AquaDuck
9 months ago

Perhaps if Dean moved instead we’d have seen the first Brit go 1’43.

9 months ago

Sixteen nations now shine,
In the medal table they align,
With great skill and might,
Four new countries in sight,
In Fukuoka’s waters they intertwine.

9 months ago

During his interview with British media he commented that he’s engaged to Emily who’s competing tomorrow. Congrats to them and congrats to Richards on the world title

Last edited 9 months ago by PFA
Scuncan Dott v2
Reply to  PFA
9 months ago

Yeah he posted on insta about it last August

Reply to  PFA
9 months ago

Emily who?

Reply to  thezwimmer
9 months ago

Emily Large

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