See­bohm back from the brink

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NI­COLE JEF­FERY

It was in Wind­sor, On­tario, last De­cem­ber where Emily See­bohm ( above) al­most gave up.

She had flopped at the Rio Olympics while se­cretly bat­tling de­bil­i­tat­ing en­dometrio­sis. The spec­u­la­tion in Aus­tralia was she could be fin­ished af­ter a 10- year ca­reer, and for a mo­ment she thought she was too.

Her par­ents John and Karen re­mem­ber the day vividly. See­bohm was com­pet­ing at the World Short- Course Cham­pi­onships and they found a mo­ment to catch up with her.

“It was all over,’’ John See­bohm said, the tears welling in his eyes at the mem­ory of his daugh­ter’s un­hap­pi­ness.

“She ba­si­cally said: ‘ I’ve just had enough of this’.’’

A few weeks later See­bohm had surgery to re­lieve the symp­toms of her en­dometrio­sis then fur­ther surgery to re­move her wis­dom teeth.

Yes­ter­day, a year af­ter the dev­as­ta­tion of Rio, she reached the peak again, re­tain­ing the world 200m back­stroke ti­tle she won in Kazan two years ago.

She had fought her way back from the brink to win Aus­tralia’s first gold medal in Bu­dapest.

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

In front of a rau­cous Hun­gar­ian crowd will­ing Hosszu, on See­bohm surged past the home­town girl to set a per­sonal best time and na­tional record of 2min5.68sec, as she won her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive world ti­tle in this event.

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