18-year-old O’Callaghan ahead in the 100m freestyle

Young international stars drew attention to themselves in the second final section of the swimming world championships without German finalists on Thursday.

The podium in the 100m freestyle: Sarah Sjöström, Mollie O’Callaghan and Torri Huske (from left).

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In the final over 100 m freestyle, Australian Mollie O’Callaghan became the youngest world champion on this distance since 1991 at the age of 18 years and 82 days.

O’Callaghan relegated star swimmer Sarah Sjöstrom to second place in 52.67 seconds. The Swedish world record holder has to wait for her first world title in this discipline.

King in the footsteps of Efimova

US star Lilly King meanwhile won the 200m breaststroke and is only the second breaststroker since Julia Efimova (Russia) to win the world titles in all three breaststroke distances – 50m, 100m and 200m.

100m Vice World Champion Anna Elendt (Frankfurt) was surprisingly eliminated in the preliminary heat.

Murphy and Stubblety Cook win

In the men’s 200 m backstroke, favorite Ryan Murphy (USA) prevailed. In the final of the 200m breaststroke, Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook of Australia struck first. As expected, the USA took gold in the men’s relay race in the 4 x 200 m freestyle.

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