See­bohm’s epic bat­tle in pool ends in gold at world champs

The Cairns Post - - SPORT -

EMILY See­bohm has fought her way back from the brink to win Aus­tralia’s first gold medal at the world swim­ming cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest.

See­bohm, 25, was in fourth place when she made the last turn in the 200m back­stroke but turned in a barn­storm­ing last lap to snatch the gold medal from Hun­gar­ian favourite Katinka Hosszu.

One year af­ter her Rio Olympic cam­paign was ru­ined by a bat­tle with en­dometrio­sis, See­bohm charged back to the top of the world, set­ting a per­sonal best time and na­tional record of 2min5.68sec, as she won her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive world ti­tle in this event.

Hosszu fin­ished a close sec­ond in 2:05.85 with Amer­i­can Kath­leen Baker third (2:06.48). Aus­tralia nearly had a sec­ond medal in the event as Kaylee McKe­own, 16, set a world ju­nior record of 2:06.76 to fin­ish fourth on her de­but at this level.

When See­bohm re­alised she had won, she put her hand to her face and cried.

“It was such a fast field … and I was go­ing to be proud of my­self whether I won or came last be­cause get­ting back into the pool af­ter Rio was re­ally hard,” she said.

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