SASI stars help Dolphins leave their mark in South Korea
Australia's swimming team performed strongly at the recent FINA World Swimming Championship in Gwangju, South Korea, with a second overall placing on the medal table. SASI duo Madi Wilson and Kyle Chalmers played a big part in the team's success as members of two relay teams which won gold medals
LESS than 12 months to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Australian Dolphins Swimming Team looks to have ticked at least one box with a solid effort at the world swimming titles in South Korea.
SASI duo Madi Wilson and Kyle Chalmers, SA's only representatives on the team, played a strong hand in the team's overall results which netted the Dolphins an overall second placing on the medal table with five gold, nine silver and five bronze medals.
Chalmers won silver in the men's 100m free behind champion Caeleb Dressel, beaten by .12seconds, while he won gold in the men's 4 X 200m freestyle relay with Clyde Lewis, Alex Graham and Mack Horton. He also combined with Lewis, Emma McKeon and Bronte Campbell to snare silver in the mixed 4 X 100m free relay and bronze in the men's 4 X 100m free relay.
Wilson enjoyed her time to shine with a stunning effort in the women's 4 X 200 freestyle relay where she teamed with Ariarne Titmus, Brianna Throssell and Emma McKeon to grab a gold medal, smashing the world record previously held by China. The Aussies shaved off China's old record by .58 seconds.
Wilson also took part in the heats of the women's 4 X 100m medley relay where the team ended up with silver behind the US.
Chalmers was pleased with his results and said it was all systems go through to Tokyo.
"I gave it my absolute all,'' Chalmers said. "I couldn't really believe it (his personal best time) when I saw that and to see Caeleb go 46.9 is absolutely mindblowing. It is really positive for me leading into Tokyo.''
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