Emily Seebohm has set a new Commonwealth and Australian 200-metre backstroke record but was still pipped to the line by Hungary’s “The Iron Lady” at the World Short Course Swimming Championships.
The dual Olympic gold medallist from Brisbane won the silver medal in the Doha race, to add to her silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 100m individual medley.
But Hungarian super swimmer Katinka Hosszu was everywhere the 22-year-old went.
The 25-year-old FINA Swimmer Of The Year won the gold in all three of Seebohm’s races – and all three in world record times.
Seebohm was thrilled to have picked up three medals at her first world short course meet, despite being eclipsed by Hosszu, affectionately known as the “The Iron Lady” of swimming.
“Being my first World Short Course I didn’t really know what to expect and I’m over the moon with my results,” said Seebohm.
Seebohm led out for the first 50m of the 200m backstroke to set up a thrilling duel with Hosszu, who took control in the second 50m, splitting 58.36 to Seebohm’s 59.16.
Hosszu sped to a world record of 1:59.23 – the first woman under two minutes, with Seebohm in hot pursuit, setting the new Commonwealth and Australian records at 2:00.13.
Only Hosszu and previous world record holder Olympic champion Missy Franklin have swum faster.
Australia’s Madi Wilson put up a great fight to challenge for bronze before finishing fifth in 2:02.67.
Hosszu and Seebohm were soon back in the pool for the 100m individual medley final.
The Hungarian triumphed again, blasting her own world record to stop the clock at 56.86.
Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor snatched silver with 57.83 and Seebohm came in for bronze with a personal best of 58.19.
The men’s 400 metres freestyle final saw Jordan Harrison and Dan Smith finish fifth and eighth respectively in personal best times of 3:39.11 and 3:39.63 respectively.
The Australians were no match for the winner, Hungary’s Peter Bernek who broke Grant Hackett’s 15-year-old Championship record set in Hong Kong in 1999.
The Hungarian 22-year-old clocked 3:34.32, taking 0.69secs off Hackett’s then world record time.