Aussies flounder at swimming World Championship

TOM O’BRIEN

The Australian swim team has finished outside the top five at the World Swimming Championships for the first time since 1986.

The Aussie’s finished 7th behind Italy and Great Britain on the gold medal rankings, with the United States and China taking the top two spots.

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Swimmers Compete at the 2017 World Championships Photo Credit: pexels.com

This marks a low point in Australian swimming ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will feature several of the nation’s competing at the World Championships.

Emma McKeon was the star for much of the competition, picking up four silvers and two bronze medals, contributing to half of Australia’s final tally of 12.

McKeon set a record for the most number of medals by an Australian at the World Championships, saying that she was looking forward to turning it into gold in the next few years.

Mack Horton claimed a bronze medal for the men’s 1500m freestyle on the final night along with another silver won by the Australian women’s team in the women’s 400m relay.

Australia’s only gold medal was won by Emily Seebohm in the 200m backstroke, setting a new Commonwealth and Australian record.

The team was without key figures Cate Campbell and sprinter James Magnussen, both electing to focus on training for the Commonwealth Games.

Magnussen was open to criticise the Australian coaches, saying in an interview with Foxsports that he believed they were going against the spirit of Australian swimming.

After taking top spot at the Glasgow games in 2014, poor results in the pool at the 2017 Worlds means the spotlight will be on the Australians to perform well during the Commonwealth Games.

If the Australian swimming team continues to display current trends and follow similar results to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, questions will be asked about the state of Australian swimming.

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