16th FINA World Championships
BRONTE CAMPBELL AND MARCO KOCH ENJOY A GOLDEN NIGHT IN KAZAN
It was a golden night at the World Championships as Bronte Campbell and Marco Koch stood on top of the podium at the Kazan Arena.
Australian Bronte won the 100m freestyle with sister Cate in third, the pair sandwiching Sarah Sjöström of Sweden with the top five finishers all Arena swimmers.
Marco, of Germany, claimed gold in the 200m breaststroke while Radosław Kawęcki was second in the 200m backstroke.
Both Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell have enjoyed healthy competition for many years and benefit from training together. Cate approached the 100m freestyle final as defending champion but Bronte led from start to finish and set a new personal best of 52.52, 0.18secs ahead of Sarah Sjöström with Cate third in 52.82. Bronte beamed: “I couldn’t believe it when I turned round and I saw 1 next to my name and saw the time as well. That is everyone’s dream: that is why you train, you want to be the best, you want to be the best you can be. And today I happened to the best in the world and that sounds really strange coming out of my mouth, truly surreal, it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
A proud Cate added: “It’s a fantastic night for the Campbell family; it’s a fantastic night for Australia. I still got to stand up on the podium and sing the national anthem and I couldn’t be prouder of my little sister. I knew I hadn’t won and when I saw a 1 next to a Campbell I was like ‘oh my goodness there’s only one other Campbell in the world in this pool at this moment and it’s not me so it has to be Bronte.”
Marco Koch swam a well-executed race to add the 200m breaststroke world title to the European gold he won in Berlin last year. The German was third at halfway but moved through the field to touch in 2mins 07.76secs with Dániel Gyurta in third. Marco said: “When I looked at the scoreboard and recognised the time I thought it’s not that good. Then I noticed that I am the world champion which is amazing. I’m really happy and now being the world champion I will go to Burger King at last!”
Poland’s Radosław Kawęcki was also a European champion in 2014 and he won his second consecutive world silver in the 200m backstroke in 1min 54.55secs. He said: “On the one hand I’m satisfied with the medal, on the other hand I’m a bit disappointed as I changed my plan for the finals. In the semis, I went out fast, now I had a slower start and that was a mistake.”
László Cseh will be favourite going into the 100m butterfly final after becoming the first swimmer to post a sub 51-second time since the Olympics in 2012. The Hungarian went 50.91 in the heats before going slightly slower in the semis but is on target to collect his second title of the meet.
Sarah Sjöström and Fran Halsall of Great Britain were first and third fastest into the 50m butterfly semi-final while Brazil’s Bruno Fratus was third in the 50m freestyle semi-final.
THE BEST PRESS CLIPS
Libération | Natation: Kazan et ses quatre fantastiques Go to the article »
Sydney Morning Herald | World Swimming Championships 2015: Australia enjoy golden night at worlds Go to the article »
U.S. News | Sisters of speed: Campbells take gold, bronze in 100 free at world swimming championships Go to the article »
ABC News | Bronte Campbell and Mitch Larkin win gold for Australia at world swimming championships in Kazan Go to the article »
Yahoo News | Australia’s Campbell sisters top field in 100-free heats Go to the article »
Reachforthewall | Australia’s Campbell sisters go 1-2 in 100 free at worlds Go to the article »
Swimbiz | Sister act, le sorelle Campbell sul podio mondiale Go to the article »
ZDF Sport | Marco Koch ist Weltmeister Go to the article »
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | Koch schließt die Augen und holt Gold Go to the article »
Die Welt | Marco Koch gewinnt die erste deutsche Goldmedaille Go to the article »
Der Spiegel | Schwimm-WM: Marco Koch holt Gold über 200 Meter Brust Go to the article »
Bild | GOLD! Marco kocht alle ab Go to the article »
La Gazzetta dello Sport | L’orgoglio rosa azzurro Go to the article »
Corriere della Sera | Mondiali, il Setterosa vince il bronzo Go to the article »
Swimbiz | Orsi di Russia, il bomber sprinta in finale Go to the article »
La Repubblica | Nuoto, Mondiali: Italia fuori dalla finale della 4×200 sl, bene Orsi nei 50 sl Go to the article »
La Stampa | Alzain e i Mondiali a 10 anni: “Una favola” Go to the article »
The Guardian | 10-year-old Alzain Tareq becomes youngest-ever swimmer at world championships Go to the article »
HIGHLIGHTS DAY 6
Dariya Ustinova RUS (17) swimmer of the arena Russia Talent Program sets two New World Junior Records on 200m Backstroke!!
Sarah Sjöström SWE Championships Record on 50m Fly!
RESULTS SWIMMING DAY 6
W 100 FREESTYLE
GOLD – B. Campbell AUS 52.52 Arena
SILVER – Sjöström SWE 52.70 Arena
BRONZE – C. Campbell AUS 52.82 Arena
M 200 BACKSTROKE
GOLD – Larkin AUS 1:53.58 Arena
SILVER – Kawęcki POL 1:54.55 Arena
BRONZE – Rylov RUS 1:54.60 Arena
W 200 BREASTSTROKE
GOLD – Watanabe JPN 2:21.15 Mizuno
SILVER – Lawrence USA 2:22.44 Speedo
BRONZE – Vall ESP 2:22.76 Speedo
BRONZE – Pedersen DEN 2:22.76 Mizuno
BRONZE – Shi 2:22.76 CHN Speedo
M 200 BREASTSTROKE
GOLD – Koch GER 2:07.76 Arena
SILVER – Cordes 2:08.05 USA Mizuno
BRONZE – Gyurta 2:08.10 HUN Arena
M 4×200 RELAY
GOLD – Great Britain 7:04.33 Speedo
SILVER – United States 7:04.75 Speedo
BRONZE – Australia 7:06.34 Speedo
Finals Day 6 = 5
Medals Day 6 = 17 (2 Bronze ex-aequo)
Total medals after Day 6 = 87
TOTAL MEDALS BY BRAND
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