2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Sunday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 30th
- Budapest, Hungary
- LCM (50m)
- Full Competition Schedule
- Meet Info
- Psych Sheets
- Omega Results
- Pick ’em Contest
- Event-by-Event Previews
The green and gold Dolphins of Australia have indeed landed on the podium in Budapest, but have yet to secure their first gold of these world championships. Compare this year’s performance thus far to that of 2015 in Kazan where the Aussies had already 3 gold medals to their credit. Even with key swimmers such as Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers and Rio silver medalist Maddie Groves not competing, the Aussies still have enough fire power to keep towards the top of the standings. But will it be enough to add a tally in the gold column?
Medalists through day 3 in 2015 for the Australians included Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin, who each nabbed the top prize in the 100m backstroke, while the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay clinched gold ahead of the Americans back in Kazan. Also standing on the podium were Madi Wilson, who earned silver in the 100m backstroke, and Jess Ashwood, the Australians’ 400m freestyle bronze medalist.
Flash forward to 2017 and Wilson didn’t make the squad in the backstroke events, while Ashwood bowed out of this meet entirely. Seebohm did finish with a very respectable bronze medal in the 100m back tonight, but Larkin found himself in 6th and out of the medals in the men’s edition of the race.
There are still bright spots for the Aussies in the form of 3 silver medals here in Budapest, with 2 of those in individual races. Emma McKeon earned a huge silver behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the 100m butterfly, an event in which she finaled in Rio, but wasn’t able to produce come crunch time. Mack Horton took silver behind China’s Sun Yang in the 400m freestyle event as well.
McKeon is ready to take on more individual swims as the 2nd-seeded competitor into tomorrow night’s 200m freestyle. She’ll also be racing in additional relays and the 100m freestyle. Horton still has the 1500m free, although he did bow out of the men’s 800m free, an event in which he had a solid shot at medaling. Seebohm and Larkin still have the 50 and 200 backstroke events, with additional Aussies, including sprinting maestro Cameron McEvoy, left to chase the elusive first gold.
2015 Swimming Medal Table Through Day 3
2017 Swimming Medal Table Through Day 3