O’Callaghan trumps Titmus, smashes 14-year-old record for world title

O’Callaghan trumps Titmus, smashes 14-year-old record for world title

Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan broke the longest-standing world record in women’s swimming by winning the 200 meters freestyle title in a time of one minute, 52.85 seconds at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. She surpassed the mark set by Italian Federica Pellegrini in 2009 and finished ahead of silver medalist Ariarne Titmus. Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh took the bronze and set a world junior record.

Despite her previous victory in the 400 meters freestyle, Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus was unable to secure another record in the 200 meters freestyle. It was Mollie O’Callaghan who overcame a knee issue and outperformed her compatriot to claim the title. China’s Yang Junxuan did not defend her previous title.

Mollie O’Callaghan expressed her excitement and surprise at her victory, stating that she just wanted to have fun and give it her best. She mentioned her nervousness leading up to the race due to her injury and the ups and downs she experienced during the preparation. She is now looking forward to what else she can achieve.

Hungary’s Kristof Milak, the world record holder in the men’s 200 meters butterfly, did not participate in the event, citing physical and mental reasons. Frenchman Leon Marchand took advantage of Milak’s absence and won his second gold medal of the championships. China’s Qin Haiyang also added another gold to his tally in the men’s 50 meters breaststroke.

Adam Peaty, the world record holder in the men’s 50 meters breaststroke, did not compete in the championships due to mental health reasons. His absence was a setback for Britain’s medal hopes. Australia currently leads the medals table with six golds, followed by China with four and the United States with three.

Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui won the men’s 800 meters freestyle race, with Australia’s Sam Short taking silver and Bobby Finke of the U.S. winning bronze. In the mixed 4×100 meters medley relay, China emerged victorious, leaving Australia in second place and the U.S. with the bronze.

Overall, the World Aquatics Championships have seen impressive performances and record-breaking achievements, showcasing the talent and dedication of the world’s top swimmers.

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