Article by Julian Linden courtesy of the Courier Mail.
Australia’s swimmers have picked up another two silver medals at the world championships in Budapest, with Shayna Jack anchoring the mixed medley relay team onto the podium after Mollie O’Callaghan bagged her first individual medal on the international stage.
The Australians now have seven medals from the first three days of competition to sit fourth on the table.
Jack, swimming the final freestyle leg, teamed up with backstroker Kaylee McKeown, breaststroker Zac Stubletty-Cook and butterflyer Matt Temple to pip the Netherlands for second spot behind the United States.
“I think we’re all pretty stoked,” said Jack, who already has a relay gold in her first international competition since returning to the sport.
“We put it together and came home with silver, which I think we’re really, really proud of.”
It was McKeown’s second silver medal after she finished runner-up in the 200m medley.
She swam the lead off leg just over an hour after her 50m backstroke semi-final after getting the nod to swim the relay final.
“It’s bit of a mixed bag. We never know if we’re going to be put up for heats or finals but at the end of the day, we trust our coaches and staff to put in the best team,” she said.
Stubblety-Cook and Temple still have their main events to come and said getting picked for the relay had them primed to go quick.
“I was a little bit disappointed with my time at the trials but to come out and do that and also (win a silver) in the freestyle relay, I think I’m off to a great start and as well as Australia, we’re on fire.”
Madi Wilson, given a rare individual swim after usually focusing on the relays, showed what she can when given the chance by placing fifth.
“I’m pretty happy, it probably wasn’t as fast as what I would have liked to have gone but I’m happy with the swim and fifth in the world, I can’t complaint” she said.
“In Australia it’s pretty hard to race that race anyway with the amount of depth that we have so doing it internationally is always nice.
“Every time that I get the opportunity to be here, I kind of think of it as my last so just to be here with the team and to see all the new and fresh faces come in and do so well is just such an amazing experience.”
The Australians will tackle the Chinese in Wednesday’s 4x200m final – but as outsiders without Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon.
“It’s going to be a tight race, definitely a tough one,” Wilson said.
“I guess this time we’re going in as the underdogs instead of on top but that’s exciting because I think we’ve put together a good team.”
Lizzie Dekkers, in her first international meet, is also through to Wednesday’s final of the women’s 200m butterfly.