Emily Seebohm Defends Her 200 Back Title From Kazan; Baker Bronze

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It has been a tough week for the Australian team as they had not won a single gold medal all week. Emily Seebohm captured the first gold medal for the Australians as she defended her 200 back title from 2015 with a win on Saturday night in Budapest. Seebohm used a 31.38 on her last 50 to swim by Katinka Hosszu and Kathleen Baker over the last 50.

Seebohm won the gold medal with a 2:05.68 for a new Australian record, breaking her 2:05.81 from the night before. Hungary’s Hosszu won the silver medal for her third medal of the meet at 2:05.85. American Kathleen Baker won the bronze medal at 2:06.48.

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown finished in fourth with a 2:06.76 for a new world junior record, breaking the time from Regan Smith in the semi-finals (2:07.19). McKeown used the only other sub 32 split in the field on the last 50.

Canada’s Kylie Masse (2:07.04), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (2:07.15), Russia’s Daria Ustinova (2:07.35), and USA’s Smith (2:07.42) also competed in the championship final.

Seebohm is the third person to defend the 200 back title as she joins American Missy Franklin (2011, 2013) and East Germany’s Kornelia Sirch (1982, 1986) as swimmers who defended the title.

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