Mollie O’Callaghan says her best is yet to come after creating swimming history and collecting a fourth gold medal at the world titles in Japan.
The Australian is the first woman to sweep the 100 metres and 200m freestyle titles at a world championships.
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“It’s such a weird feeling … to be the first, it’s just incredible,” she said after winning the 100m freestyle final.
Her latest feat came as Zac Stubblety-Cook took silver in the men’s 200m breaststroke but lost his world record, and Australia’s 4x200m freestyle relayers collected bronze.
O’Callaghan pocketed Australia’s 10th gold of the meet – the nation’s benchmark at the worlds is 13 in 2005 and 2001.
Mollie O’Callaghan is the first woman to sweep the 100m, 200m freestyles at the world champs. Credit: EPA
The 19-year-old then issued a warning to rivals ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.
“It’s not just one thing I can do better, there is much more I can do better,” O’Callaghan said.
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“I can grow so much as an athlete and individual.
“Heading back in to training, now I will have the mindset now that all the other girls will be chasing me.
“And they’re all so close, so I have got to make the next step and move forward.”
O’Callaghan won 200m freestyle gold by breaking the oldest world record in women’s swimming, and helped Australia salute in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relays in world record times.
The Queenslander didn’t know until after Friday’s final she was the first woman to complete the 100-200 double at a world championships.
O’Callaghan defended her 100m title in trademark style: she turned in seventh place and finished with a final-lap flourish, touching in 52.16 seconds, with compatriot Emma McKeon (52.83) fifth.
Aussie legend Emma McKeon congratulates Mollie O’Callaghan after her gold-medal swim in the 100m freestyle. Credit: Getty Images
“I race in a completely different way and an unusual way,” she said.
“They typical 100, you go out fast and try and hang on.
“But I … don’t think too hard about it and I just race hard.”
In the men’s 20m breaststroke, Stubblety-Cook’s world benchmark was eclipsed by China’s Qin Haiyang.
Qin completed a triple treat in the stroke – he’d earlier won over 50m and 100m – in two minutes 05.48 seconds, bettering the Australian’s mark of 2:05.95 set last year.
Australia’s 4x200m freestyle men’s relayers – Kai Taylor, Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham and Thomas Neill – placed third behind Great Britain and the United States.
Australia’s Abbey Harkin finished seventh in the women’s 200m breaststroke final and Brad Woodward was sixth in the men’s 200m backstroke medal race.
Kaylee McKeown was third-fastest qualifier for the women’s 200m backstroke final on Saturday night with Jenna Forrester ranked eighth.
In the men’s 50m freestyle semi-finals, Australian stalwart Cameron McEvoy (21.25) was quickest into the final and Isaac Cooper (21.65) was fourth fastest.
And Matt Temple was ranked fourth through the men’s 100m butterfly semis.
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