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Budapest FINA World Championships Wrap

4 August 2017

Queensland's Emily Seebohm (L) and Emma McKeon (R) with their medal haul from the World Championships in Budapest. (Photo credit: Swimming Australia Ltd)

Queensland's Emily Seebohm (L) and Emma McKeon (R) with their medal haul from the World Championships in Budapest. (Photo credit: Swimming Australia Ltd)

The 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest have come to a close with some brilliant results making it an overall successful campaign for Team Australia in the first year of a new Olympic cycle. There were a lot of fresh faces on the team as some of the more experienced have extended breaks after the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Queensland’s Maddi Keeney picked up Australia’s first gold medal in the 1m Springboard diving before the Queenslanders had some great results on the open water course.

But it was the Aussie’s in the pool who had the most successful meet with the Australian Dolphins Swim Team finishing in second place overall on the medal tally along with Russia and China. Australia secured one gold medal, however there are a lot of positives to take away from this competition with over 20 personal best performances recorded for the team over the week long competition.

The stand out athlete of the meet was Queenslander Emma McKeon who had a packed schedule with 14 races over eight days of competition. McKeon left Budapest with six medals in total including; silver in the 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle, 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays and two bronze medals in the 4x100m mixed medley relay and women’s 4x100m medley relay.

This medal haul makes McKeon the most decorated female swimmer from a World Championships event overtaking fellow Queenslander, Libby Trickett. Not only did McKeon take home six medals but she also broke the Australian and Commonwealth Games record in the 100m butterfly.

Backstroker Emily Seebohm also had impressive results in the pool winning Australia’s only gold medal from the competition in the 200m backstroke and breaking the Commonwealth and Australian Record and adding to her bronze she won a few nights earlier in the 100m backstroke.

The team will now return home to Australia and have a short break before returning to training with the motivation to turn the silver and bronze medals into gold.

Other Results for Queensland Athletes


  • Maddison Keeney: Gold 1m Springboard, 5th 3m Springboard
  • Domonic Bedggood: 8th 10m Synchronised with partner Declan Stacey

Open Water Swimming

  • Chelsea Gubecka: 9th 25km Open Water, 9th 10km Open Water
  • Jack Alan McLoughlin: 23rd 5km Open Water
  • Kareena Lee: 19th 5km Open Water
  • Australia: 4th 5km Mixed Open Water Swim


  • Emma McKeon: Silver 100m Butterfly, Silver 200m Freestyle
  • Bronte Campbell: 8th 50m Freestyle
  • Emily Seebohm: Gold 200m Backstroke, 4th 50m Backstroke, Bronze 100m Backstroke
  • Taylor McKeown: 7th 200m Breaststroke
  • Australia: Bronze 4x100m Medley Relay
  • Australia: Bronze Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Australia: 4th Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay
  • Silver Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay
  • Silver Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
  • Cam McEvoy: 4th 100m Freestyle
  • Mitch Larkin: 6th 100m Backstroke
  • Ariarne Titmus: 4th 400m Freestyle
Last updated
4 August 2017