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Medal Table from Pan Pacs

Road to Rio paved in gold for Australian Swim Team

 

The pool competition at the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Swimming Championships have come to an end with Australia coming away with a total of 26 medals – 10 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze from the four day meet at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

 

The Australian Swim Team will leave the competition with a total of 17 personal best performances, seven pan pac records, three gold medals in relay events and one Australian and equal Commonwealth record (Cate Campbell, 23.96) in the 50m freestyle.

 

Strong performances across the board for the Australian team indicate an exciting future for the sport as the World Championships in 2015 and Rio Olympic Games in 2016 approach.

 

Cate Campbell and Cameron McEvoy cemented themselves as the rising stars of the Australian swim team this meet, picking up another swag of medals on the final night of competition.

 

After breaking the meet record for the 50m freestyle in the morning’s heats, Campbell lowered it again with an emphatic 23.96 to win gold in the one-lap-dash. Younger sister Bronte Campbell was second in 24.56 with Chantal Van Kandeghem of Canada taking the bronze in 24.69.

 

Cate then regrouped to swim the anchor leg of the 4 x 100m medley relay, picking up her fourth gold medal of the meet.

 

Emily Seebohm led the relay, clocking 59.44 in the backstroke leg giving Australia the early lead. Lorna Tonks faced a tough challenge up against the formidable Jessica Hardy who got the USA out in front by a second.

 

A smooth transition saw butterfly swimmer Alicia Coutts in the water for Australia, going even faster than her great 100m individual swim to touch in 56.76. Coutts produced an outstanding second 50 metres to reel in the Americans, edging back into the top spot.

 

With only 0.03 seconds separating the Australians from their US counterparts, it was up to Campbell to really bring it home for gold. She swam a blistering 51.85 to give Australia a resounding gold medal win.

 

“Alicia is one of the gutsiest performers out there and she really puts it all on the line for her country,” Campbell said. “And she did that tonight and put us in the position that allowed me to swim to the best of my ability and really allowed us to come away with the win.”

 

With four gold medals under her belt from a very successful campaign, Campbell then revealed that she would next week be having shoulder surgery which would see her out of competition for the rest of the year.

 

“It’s something that I have been able to manage really well,” Campbell said of the bone spur issue. “It hasn’t hugely affected my training but it was something that I needed to fix and now’s the time to do it – two years out from Rio.”

 

Cameron McEvoy also did the 50m sprint and medley relay double, placing fourth in the dash and grabbing a bronze in the relay to bring his total medal tally to five this meet.

 

Mitch Larkin flew out of the blocks to start the relay, swimming the third fastest backstroke time of 53.46. Rookie Jake Packard then got his first taste of a top-notch international relay, bringing home the breaststroke leg in 1:00.02, an improvement on his individual final time.

 

Tommaso D’Orsogna was in the water for the butterfly leg, taking on the great Michael Phelps and doing everything he could to hold on as the USA ran away with the lead with Japan and Brazil chasing hard. As D’Orsogna touched for McEvoy, the home crowd roared and the 20-year-old swam down Brazil to finish in 47.63 claiming the bronze for Australia.

 

The women’s 200 IM was another podium finish for Alicia Coutts, the 26-year-old unable to hold off a strong challenge from Maya Dirado of the United States on the final lap. Coutts had the faster splits on the first three legs but Dirado got her in the freestyle to win by just 0.32 of a second. Caitlin Leverenz of the USA took bronze in 2:10.67.

 

In other events…

 

Men’s 800m Freestyle

 

Australia’s Mack Horton and Jordan Harrison closed out their Pan Pacs meet by finishing second and fourth respectively the men’s 800m freestyle. Canadian Ryan Cochrane took out the non-Olympic event in a time of 7:45.39, with the 1500m champion Connor Jaeger claiming bronze. The silver medal was Horton’s third for the meet – great results for the 18-year-old.


Women’s 200m Breaststroke

 

Teenager Taylor McKeown broke through for a bronze medal in the women’s 200m breaststroke, finishing in 2:22.89. After winning gold in the event at the recent Commonwealth Games, McKeown put together a great race to come in just behind the Japanese gold and silver medallists Kanako Watanabe (2:21.41) and Rie Kaneto (2:21.90). Sally Hunter was seventh in 2:25.25.

 

Women’s 1500m Freestyle

 

The USA’s teenage superstar Katie Ledecky continued her Pan Pacs dominance, collecting her fourth gold medal, by winning the 1500m and annihilating her own world record by almost six seconds. Ledecky started out strong but produced a stellar second half of the race speeding up her pace including a final stunning lap of 28.99 seconds. New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took silver in 15:55.69 and Brittany Maclean won bronze in 15:57.15.

 

Men’s 50m Freestyle

 

Brazil’s Bruno Fratus won gold in the crowd-pleasing men’s 50m freestyle, a chaotic lap of whitewater with the scoreboard the only way to tell who touched first. Fratus, who was fourth in the event at the London Olympics, edged out Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian of the USA to win the splash and dash in 21.44 - a new Pan Pacs record. Australia’s Cameron McEvoy was fourth in 22.07 whilst Matt Abood was sixth in 22.18.

 

Men’s 200m IM

 

A late surge in the final freestyle lap of the 200m IM was classic Michael Phelps but the champion swimmer just missed catching Japan’s Kosuke Hagino who won gold in 1:56.02. Phelps was only 0.02 seconds off the win with Daiya Seto of Japan taking bronze in 1:57.72. Travis Mahoney was sixth in a personal best time of 1:59.79.

 

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

 

With Kevin Cordes pulling out of the men’s 200m breaststroke to focus on the relay, the race came down to a battle between the in-form Nicolas Fink of the USA, his teammate Josh Penot and Japan’s pairing of Yasuhiro Koseki and Kazuki Kohinata. Koseki edged out Fink for the gold, winning in 2:08.57 ahead of the American’s 2:08.94, while Kohinata took bronze in 2:10.14.

 

At the conclusion of the meet the following team awards were presented:

 

The Kieren Perkins Medal – Cameron McEvoy

The Susan O’Neill Medal – Cate Campbell

The Don Talbot Medal – Simon Cusack

The Georgina Hope Foundation Rising Star Award – Mack Horton

 

NATION

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

TOTAL

United States of America

14

12

14

40

Australia

10

8

8

26

Japan

7

8

4

19

Canada

1

1

5

7

Brazil

1

2

1

4

New Zealand

-

2

2

4

Korea

1

-

-

1

China

-

1

-

1

Chile

-

-

-

-

Fiji

-

-

-

-

Hong Kong

-

-

-

-

Philippines

-

-

-

-

South Africa

-

-

-

-

Venezuela

-

-

-

-