Australia's Elijah Winnington, ladies's 4x100m freestyle relay win gold on day one in every of world … – ABC

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Elijah Winnington has powered to his first international gold whereas the all-conquering 4x100m ladies’s relay workforce received once more, to provide Australia the right flying begin to the world swimming championships.

Winnington earned redemption after his Olympic disappointment, dashing to an emphatic victory within the 400m freestyle, the primary closing of the complete, week-long program in Budapest, on Saturday.

Inspired by his lead, dash freestylers Mollie O’Callaghan, Madi Wilson, Meg Harris and Shayna Jack maintained Australia’s current dominance within the occasion, successful the final race of the day with the fifth quickest time in historical past, 3 minutes 30.95 seconds.

An outstanding launch pad for the Dolphins additionally noticed Kyle Chalmers ship an anchor leg masterpiece within the males’s 4x100m, enabling his teammates William Yang, Matthew Temple and Jack Cartwright to have a good time probably the most unlikely silver behind a dominant US quartet.

The 22-year-old Gold Coast freestyler Winnington kicked all of it off after the opening ceremony, swimming the race of his life and even flirting with the world report for a lot of his 400m closing.

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He ultimately settled for a brand new, lifetime finest of three:41.22 as he demolished the sphere on the Duna Arena within the Hungarian capital by greater than one-and-a-half seconds and have become the fifth quickest, ever, on the distance.

Ian Thorpe is the one Australian to have gone faster than his mark, which was the quickest on this planet this 12 months.

“It’s incredible. I was really relaxed. I’m just trying to enjoy this experience and that definitely helps,” the ecstatic Winnington stated.

“I have never had this sense for a very long time.”

Last year, Winnington — who’s suffered from nerves before — was left crestfallen after going into the Olympics with high hopes but finishing only seventh in the final.

This time, he set off operating inside German world record holder Paul Biedermann’s mark of 3:40.07 set 13 years ago, admitting afterwards he hadn’t realised that.

Meanwhile, 2016 Olympic champ Mack Horton just missed out on making the final from the morning prelims but Winnington took it to top-ranked German, Lukas Martens (3:42.85), from the start.

Winnington led through the first half of the race before Martens controlled the next two lengths, which only prompted a blistering finish from the Aussie who powered down the final stretch in just 26.5 seconds while the German faded badly.

Four Australian female swimmers smile and wave from the podium with gold medals around their necks.
Australia’s Shayna Jack, Meg Harris, Madison Wilson and Mollie O’Callaghan won the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.(Getty Images: Quinn Rooney)

Even without three of the quartet who blitzed the world record en route to Olympic gold in Tokyo, the 4×100 women were way too good for the rest, with O’Callaghan (52.70sec), Wilson (52.60), Harris (53.00) and Jack finishing with 52.65 on her global return after a two-year doping ban.


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