O’Callaghan wins 5, Qin Haiyang wins 4 Australia and China on the rise, U.S. falls (overall)

SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) — China won 20 gold medals to take the overall title at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships .In the most popular event, Australia won the most gold medals with 13.The United States won seven gold medals, tied for the most ever at a World Aquatics Championships.China swept 12 of the 13 gold medals in diving to take a commanding lead in the overall standings, while also performing well in management, surpassing the previous record of 18 gold medals set in Budapest in 2022.Australia (13), the United States (7), China (5), and France (4) are the leaders in business events gold medals.The most gold medalists came from Australia.Five of the nine world records set at the Games came from Australia.Molly O’Callaghan, 19, broke the world record in the women’s 200-meter freestyle (1:52.85) and shared the record with her Australian teammates in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay (3:27.96), 800-meter freestyle relay (7:37.50), and 200-meter medley relay (3:18.83).He also won the 100-meter freestyle in 52.16 to earn five gold medals.O’Callaghan became the first woman to win both the 100 and 200 meters freestyle at a single World Championships, cementing her status as a “one-woman freestyle team. She also earned the honor of being the most decorated gold medalist in Fukuoka.Chinese swimming has gone crazy for the ‘new breaststroke powerhouse’ Qin Haiyang, 24.Qin swept the men’s 50-meter (26.29), 100-meter (57.69) and 200-meter (2:05.48) breaststroke events individually, then swam in the 400-meter medley relay final to help China win a quadruple gold.He also set a new world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, racing alongside world record holder Jack Stublett-Cook (24-AUS).Qin Haiyang was not a prominent swimmer on the world stage until last year.But he broke into the world’s center when he set an Asian record of 57.93 in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Chinese Championships in May.In Fukuoka, he upped the ante and finished on the podium four times, including in the team event.Adam Peaty (27-Britain), who holds the world records in the 50 (25.95) and 100 (56.88) meters breaststroke, did not compete at this meet due to a collarbone injury.Qin Haiyang vowed to “break Peaty’s 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke world records” if she wins gold at the Games.Many international media outlets predicted Qin Haiyang’s dominance in the breaststroke, stating that “Qin Haiyang will fight against Peaty’s records, 스포츠토토존 not Peaty (who is past her prime).”Triple gold medalist Leon Marchand (FRA), 21, was another star of the Fukuoka meet.Marchand won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:02.50, breaking the old world record of 4:03.84 set by Michael “The Emperor” Phelps (38, USA) at the Beijing Olympics in August 2008.Phelps’ record, set in a “full-body” swimsuit that helped him achieve the feat, was shaved off by 1.34 seconds by Marchand, 15 years later.Marchand won back-to-back individual medley titles in the 400-meter and 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter butterfly after finishing second in Budapest last year, giving him three gold medals.Kayla McCown (AUS), 22, also swept the women’s individual backstroke events to claim a trio of titles.The triple Olympic gold medalist (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter medley relay) won the 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke events. This is the first time in history that McCown has dominated all three backstroke events at a single meet.Regan Smith (USA), 21, finished second in all three individual events, the first time a swimmer has ever finished second in all three backstroke events at a single meet.The U.S. will leave Fukuoka with just seven gold medals, tying its “fewest ever” since Rome 1994.The lone bright spot for the U.S. was “living legend” Katie Ledecky, 26.She won her sixth consecutive women’s 800-meter freestyle title and fifth 1,500-meter title, setting a new world record for most individual gold medals at a world championships (16 – Michael Phelps had 15) and moving into a tie with artistic swimmer Svetlana Romashina (RUS) for the most gold medals by a female athlete with 21, including team events.South Korea is 26th overall and 18th in the medal standings thanks to Hwang Sun-woo (20-Gangwon Provincial Office)’s bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter freestyle.

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