Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan could finish up to six medals after the last silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay

Mollie O’Callaghan has run for her third medal at the Budapest World Championships with the spearhead in the Australian 4x200m freestyle relay to silver.

However, although she was unable to bring home the main prize in the anchor leg in Wednesday’s final, the 18-year-old star also showed earlier with a stunning 100m freestyle that a second gold could soon be coming.

Thursday also offers the scent of another gold with Zac Stubblety-Cook ready to dominate the 200-meter front final to complete a double Olympic / World Championship double.


Their efforts helped bring the Dolphins back to their smiles, as Shayna Jack had earlier been forced to leave the league after slipping and breaking her arm in a warm-up area.

For the 23-year-old, the abrupt end to her first world competition after the end of the two-year doping ban left her “cracked”.

Jack posted a message on Instagram from the hospital, talking about her “shock and disbelief”, confirming the scans that showed she had a glomerulus in her fourth metacarpal.

“It was caused by a horrible accident during my warm-up in the 100 freestyle with another swimmer,” Jack said.

“To ensure the fastest possible recovery for my arm, I will return home to AUS for surgery.

“After the operation, the plan is to return to my teammates in the Charters, in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.”

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Later, Queenslander O’Callaghan caught the eye as she tried to top the efforts of Madi Wilson, Leah Neale and Kiah Melverton in the previous three legs of the 4×200, revising the American anchor swimmer, Bella Sims.

But having competed in a thrilling 100-meter semifinal just an hour and a half earlier, O’Callaghan – the 200-meter individual silver medalist – could not get close to the Sims.

After a great job by Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith and the great Katie Ledecky, who made a decisive third leg, the Sims brought the US home with a championship record of 7 minutes 41.45 seconds, a long way from Australia (7 : 43,86).

Three Australian swimmers smile in the blocks and bend over to their teammate in the water after a race.
Mollie O’Callaghan (bottom) could not catch the United States in the final, but brought Australia for the silver in the 4x200m freestyle. (Getty Images: Maddie Meyer)

O’Callaghan, however, had earlier shown a stunning performance in her individual half-time, scoring the fastest second half in a women’s race, delivering stunning shots from the last to first place in a landmark final of 26.43 seconds.

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