Tuesday, February 7, 2023

A journey of redemption for the USA at the Swimming World Cup

In a night of redemption for American swimmers, Lily King, Ryan Murphy and the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay team won three more gold medals for the United States at the World Swimming Championships on Thursday.

King proved herself for the first time by winning the 200 m final in the same style after missing out on the podium in the 100 m breaststroke.

“Every time I swim poorly, I realize I have a lot of haters. And just being able to prove them wrong excites me,” King said.

The 25-year-old finished strongly with a timing of 2:22.41 to beat Australia’s Jenna Strauch by 0.63 seconds. Kate Douglas won the bronze medal for the United States.

King had earlier won gold medals in the 50 and 100m breaststroke at the 2017 and 2019 Worlds.

“It’s really nice to be able to complete the set and I think I’m a good swimmer now,” joked King of her 10 medals — nine of them gold — at the world championships. Only Caleb Dressel (15) has won more medals since 2017.

Murphy won the second gold of the night for the Americans in the men’s 200 m backstroke, clocking 1:54.52 to beat Britain’s Luke Greenbank by 64 hundredths and American teammate Shayne Cass by 83 hundredths.

At 26, Murphy is another relative veteran on the US team. It was her first gold in the individual event at the World Championships, adding to her tally of four relay gold medals.

“I remember in 2014 I was the youngest in the team and we had some really good guys running back. And it feels great to think that now I am in a position to mentor the youngsters said Murphy. “Our national team has an incredible legacy. It’s nice to try to give back.”

In the relay, the Americans had to make it in the men’s 4×200 freestyle after winning a medal for the first time in that race at the previous year’s Olympics.

Australia won the other two gold medals on Thursday at the Arena Duna in Budapest.

World record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook of Australia won the men’s 200 m breaststroke in a time of 2:07.07 – 1.31 s, while Yu Hanaguruma of Japan and Erik Persson of Sweden finished second. Persson is the first Swede to win a medal at the World Championships since 2007.

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