The United States & Australia Come Up Big On Night Six In Budapest

2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The United States remains the overall medal table leader with no signs of slowing down through six days of competition here in Budapest.

Lilly King and Ryan Murphy were the individual event winners for the stars n’ stripes, with the former topping the women’s 200m breaststroke podium while the latter grabbed gold in the men’s 200m back.

King’s victory renders her just the second woman along with Russia’s Yuliya Efimova of Russia to have earned gold medals across all 3 breaststroke distances over the course of their World Championships careers. For Murphy, even though the former Cal swimmer has multiple individual Olympic gold medals, tonight’s 2back win in Budapest marks his first individual World Championships gold.

America also aced the men’s 4x200m free relay, clinching the top spot by over 3 seconds ahead of runners-up Australia and bronze medalists Great Britain.

Australia was another double champion in individual events tonight, with Mollie O’Callaghan grabbing gold in the 100m free to kick off the evening while reigning world record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook was the top man in the 200m breast.

O’Callaghan’s victory made the Aussie the youngest 100m freestyle winner since 2011 while ZSC’s 200m breast performance snagged the nation’s first World Championships gold medal in that race.

 

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Verram
12 days ago

I am hoping Australia can pick up 5 more medals by the end of the meet.. however losing both Jack and pallister back to back is a big blow to some medal chances

commonwombat
Reply to  Verram
12 days ago

Barring anything untoward, admittedly a common occurance at this meet, there should be two solid medal bets:

  • W200BK (McKeown) – colour to be determined
  • W4XMED – silver most likely unless CAN BRS swims out of their skin

MFR has to be a reasonable medal chance …. if they choose to pursue it seriously

With GBR, for various reasons, having a poor meet; M4XMED podium opens up. Still “bearish” given comedic value of AUS M backstroke but with no one other than USA looking wonderful …..

Pallister was looking a reasonable medal chance; despite weak field behind Sjostrom, was never overly convinced of Jack’s chances.

My pre-meet projection was 15 medals total; suspect that will be the final number… Read more »

jeff
Reply to  commonwombat
12 days ago

I think Bacon and White are within striking distance, especially with McKeown’s time in the 50 back and the MMR leadoff. Id still bet on McKeown but I don’t think it’s a sure win for her

KeithM
12 days ago

“O’Callaghan’s victory made the Aussie the youngest 100m freestyle winner since 2011”

Herasimenia & Ottesen tied for gold in 2011. Both were well into their 20s. She is also younger than Finland’s Seppala in 2003 who was also 18 when she won. I believe Mollie is the youngest since 1982.

jamesjabc
Reply to  KeithM
12 days ago

That’s incredible. Although Oleksiak was 16 when she won Olympic gold in 2016. But this is still amazing.

jamesjabc
12 days ago

Fantastic effort from Australia, especially considering this isn’t even our focus meet.

commonwombat
Reply to  jamesjabc
12 days ago

AUS is where I basically expected them to be.

For AUS to truly “cash in” at World level/Olympics; they need not only to have:

  • a number of “big hitters” with multiple gold prospect but for them to actually pick up those multiples
  • have at least 50% strike rate from those with single gold potential
  • at least one long shot “come off”
  • all or nearly all relays medal

Tokyo was the first time since Beijing this happened at Olympic level

  • With both McKeon & Titmus out and McKeown in “experimental mode” with regards to her program; criteria 1 was going to be problematic here.
  • Conversely, criteria 2 has actually had a better than expected strike rate
… Read more »

Sub13
Reply to  commonwombat
12 days ago

I think you’re forgetting Winnington

commonwombat
Reply to  Sub13
12 days ago

I did mention Winnington. As regards where he fit on my scale, he was a borderline case. Some chance of gold but not necessarily “front line” after his Tokyo performance … so had him more as medal rather than gold

Sub13
Reply to  commonwombat
12 days ago

Ah yes sorry I must have missed that

Troyy
Reply to  commonwombat
12 days ago

Winnington’s performance was a revelation. He must have found himself a real good sport psychologist. I really hope he won’t lapse back now that he’s the hunted.

torchbearer
Reply to  jamesjabc
12 days ago

Yes, it has been the oddest meet for Australia- missing stars, odd events, a broken hand, COVID case, the Commonwealth taper etc…. Australia has done OK.

Sub13
Reply to  jamesjabc
12 days ago

Wow. I guess you’re not even allowed to say “this meet is not Australia’s focus” without people getting upset lol

Verram
Reply to  Sub13
12 days ago

you can’t say anything without people getting upset.. I really don’t know why they persist with downvotes haha …

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