Swimming world titles medal haul dries up

AFTER making such a splash on day one with one gold and a bronze, Australia's medal run at the world championships in Russia ran dry yesterday.

The Dolphins failed to reach the podium, with Emma McKeon finishing fourth in the women's 100m butterfly and Jake Packard fifth in the men's 100m breaststroke.

McKeon, who won the 100m butterfly at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was left shattered after touching the wall in 57.67sec, well shy of her personal best (57.31) - a time which would have seen her collect bronze yesterday. New world record-holder Sarah Sjostrom, of Sweden, won the event (55.64).

Packard, 20, could be well pleased with his effort though. After defending 100m breaststroke champion and countryman Christian Sprenger failed to make the final, the 20-year-old from Noosa (pictured) swam his third-straight PB (59.44sec). British world record-holder Adam Peaty held out Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh for gold.

In other events, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu set a world record to win the women's 200m individual medley (2min 6.12sec), while France's Florent Manadou won the men's 50m butterfly (22.9).


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