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

China won the overall title at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships, collecting 20 gold medals.

In the most popular events, 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 at the event to dominate the overall standings, while also dominating in management, surpassing the previous record of 18 gold medals set in Budapest in 2022.

The gold medal standings for business events are Australia (13), the United States (7), China (5), and France (4+).

The most gold medals came from Australia.

Five of the nine world records set at the Games were set by Australians.

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 medal.

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 figure 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, not Peaty (who is past her prime).”

Triple champion Leon Marchand (FRA), 21, was another star of the Fukuoka Games.

Marchand won the men’s 400-meter individual medley in 4:02.50, breaking the previous world record of 4:03.84 set by “Emperor” Michael 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 토토 last year, giving him three gold medals.

Kaylee McCown (AUS), 22, also swept the women’s backstroke individual events, winning a trio of titles.

The triple Olympic champion (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. leaves Fukuoka with just seven gold medals, its lowest total since Rome in 1994.

One of the few bright spots 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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