Australia’s swimmers have continued on their winning ways in Beijing overnight winning four gold, four silver and two bronze medals on the first day of the World Cup meet in the Water Cube, the iconic venue of the 2008 Olympic Games.
World champions and Olympic gold medallists Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell were on the top of the podium in Beijing.
Seebohm, who won gold in the 4x100m medley relay in 2008 at just 16, again kept her high profile rivals Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Olympic champion Missy Franklin at bay, winning the 200m back in 2:09.22 (1:04.44) in an eye-catching final 100m, in what was almost a negative split.
The triple 2015 world champion from Kazan powered home over the final 50 metres – splitting 30.99secs – the same time as her first 50m after Franklin had led through the first 150 metres – a similar tactic that won Seebohm the world title.
Hosszu came through to take the silver in 2:10.26 and Franklin the bronze in 2:10.36.
Earlier in the program Seebohm (27.68) finished second to China’s Fu Yuanhui (27.55) with another Chinese girl Chen Jie (28.25) third.
The Campbell sisters were also in action with Cate following on from her Singapore victory over reigning world champion sister, Bronte in another thrilling final, Cate clocking 24.30 to Bronte’s 24.53 with a third Australian Holly Barratt eighth in 25.85.
Cate Campbell said she “felt great” swimming back in the Beijing.
“The Water Cube is my favourite pool in the world. It is so beautiful and that makes me smile,” said Campbell, who won bronze in the 50m freestyle in the Olympic final in 2008.
“I am happy competing here again and happy with my result. It is a tough competition, the Chinese swimmers were very fast in the morning so I knew I had to be faster in the final, especially against Bronte who is always very tough.”
In other events, Holly Barratt was fourth in the 50m backstroke with a time of 28.33.