Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom bags fourth gold

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Swimming in her home country, Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu captured gold again in the 200 meter IM. "It was just insane".

McKeon - Australia's most decorated Rio swimmer with four medals - clocked 56.18 seconds but could not reel in Sweden's Olympic champion and world record holder Sarah Sjostrom (55.53).

Starting from lane four, where the 28-year-old self-titled "Iron Lady" has been training in the build-up to the championships, Hosszu clocked two minutes 07.00 seconds amid deafening noise at a packed Duna Arena. Her American compatriot Leah Smith finished 3.20 secs back, with China's Li Bingjie, 15, picking up her first world medal in third.

"That was so good, I'm so happy I was able to get faster from heat to semi-final and do another PB and I almost dipped under that 56", she said.

The Australian men's 4x100m freestyle relay team of Jack Cartwright (48.34), Zac Incerti (48.28), Cameron McEvoy (48.04) and Alexander Graham (48.14) were excited about the future of theirteam, despite a disqualification in the final tonight.

After less than ideal results for the veteran racer in 2016, Seebohm will be hoping to step up in the final tonight and re-assert her dominance in the event. She breezed through the grueling event in 15:47.57 - almost 18 seconds faster than second-fastest qualifier Mireia Belmonte of Spain. "It was a good first night for Team USA", said Ledecky.

"It's also much easier to go for records in the first leg of the relay, so I kind of took the chance".

In the women's 100 meter breaststroke semifinals, Russia's Yuliya Efimova finished with the top time (1:04.36) ahead of American Lilly King (1:04.53), who set a personal best time in her heat.

Peaty, who now sports a massive lion tattoo on his left arm, made the turn under his world-record pace from Rio but faded a bit on the return lap to touch in 57.47.

His ultimate goal is to become the first breaststroker to break the 57-second barrier, a quest he has dubbed "Project 56".

"This is the least nervous I have been at a meet - I think it mostly comes down to being happy and enjoying what I am doing", McKeon said. He clocked a championships record of 57.47sec with Kevin Cordes of the United States second at 1.32 with Russia's Kirill Prigoda third at 1.58.

Sjostrom claimed her fourth 100m butterfly world crown. Setting a new championship record, she also equalled Missy Franklin's record of 11 golds at world meets for good measure.

"It felt like I was going a bit slower than I did yesterday actually, so maybe butterfly is about being all relaxed and then you can be even faster", said Sjostrom, who didn't look at all exhausted a day after racing four times. The USA pipped Australia to the win, with the Netherlands taking bronze.

Earlier, in the 100m breaststroke, Olympic champion Adam Peaty won his fourth global title in three years, in what could be the most dominant performance of the championships.

Proud, 22, clocked 22.75sec in the sprint event with Brazil's Nicholas Santos second at 0.04sec back while Andrii Govorov of Ukraine took bronze at 0.09 in a tight finish.

"It was a pretty tough ask out there, especially when you've got Sarah leading off in a 51.71 which I think was the fastest split in the entire race - and it happened in the lead off, which is pretty unheard of". "Fortunately for me I managed to put my race together, handled my time and it came out quite well".

"It's a weird feeling, this is something I've dreamt of since I started swimming", he said.

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