Australia’s Cameron McEvoy has gained a bronze medal within the males’s 50-metre butterfly on the world championships in Doha.
McEvoy (23.08 seconds) completed behind Portuguese teenager Diogo Ribeiro, the shock winner in 22.97, and Michael Andrew of the US.
The bronze medal is McEvoy’s first world medal in butterfly and was an enormous shock to the Queenslander, who had not educated for the occasion.
“A few days earlier than this competitors have been successfully the primary few strokes I did of butterfly this entire preparation since Fukuoka,” McEvoy mentioned.
“I used to be 18th in Fukuoka and third at this time, so that is fairly an enormous step in six months. So it’s a large shock and it is vitally good.”
McEvoy could have a couple of days to relaxation earlier than he begins his 50m freestyle title defence within the heats on Friday.
He’s already trying ahead to a tilt for a person Olympic gold medal at Paris 2024, having gained solely minor medals in relay occasions at Video games previous. The 50m butterfly just isn’t an Olympic occasion.
Whereas different high swimmers have skipped Doha to concentrate on their Olympic preparations, McEvoy says the February championships are a blessing for a sprinter.
“I am very excited for it — the sector’s stacked, a whole lot of depth there,” he mentioned.
“So having it as an actual race, you could not ask for a greater set-up in my private perspective.”
The 29-year-old turned the oldest Australian to win a swimming world championship within the 50m freestyle final yr in Japan. He’ll goal to defend that title later within the week.
McEvoy’s 20-year-old teammate, Isaac Cooper, put in a storming swim however completed simply outdoors the medals in 23.12, edged out after being unable to maintain a vibrant begin.
Like Cooper, fellow Australians Sam Williamson and Brianna Throssell have been additionally pressured to accept fourth place of their respective occasions.
Williamson was fourth within the 100m breaststroke, behind gold medallist Nic Fink, of the US, who led from begin to end.
Fink beat Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi into second, with three-time Olympic champion Adam Peaty third. Peaty, who has gained the occasion on three events, had missed the final two editions.
“It is undoubtedly loopy getting the primary worlds gold within the 100 on the age of 30,” Fink mentioned.
Throssell additionally completed in fourth place as Germany’s Angelina Kohler gained the ladies’s 100m butterfly, with fellow Australian Alex Perkins sixth.
The 23-year-old Kohler burst into tears within the pool after profitable in 56.28, forward of American Claire Curzan of the US and Louise Hansson of Sweden.
Kate Douglass — the one American particular person gold medallist from final yr’s worlds in Fukuoka, Japan, who got here to Doha — comfortably defended her 200 particular person medley title in 2:07.05, forward of Sydney Pickrem of Canada (2:08.56) and Yu Yiting of China (2:09.01).
“That undoubtedly damage so much. Much more than it often does on the finish of the race,” Douglass mentioned.
“I am actually proud of it.”
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