Christian Sprenger won the 100m Breaststroke earlier this week. Source: AFP/theaustralian.com.au
Christian Sprenger will be looking for his second World Championship gold medal in three days when he contests the Men’s 50m Breaststroke Final in the early hours of Thursday morning (AEST). Australia’s newest world champion beat his Olympic conqueror Cameron Van Der Burgh over 100m on Tuesday morning (AEST) but will face a stiffer task over one lap, with the South African recording a time of 26.78 seconds in his semi-final, the fastest ever in a textile suit. Slovenian Damir Jugonjic produced a European record time of 26.83 seconds to qualify second quickest and is the other obvious medal hope.
The stage is set for a thrilling contest in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final, with all of the big names through to the final. World record holder Federica Pellegrini recorded her fastest time of the year to secure lane four in the final, while American superstar Missy Franklin and Olympic silver medallist Camille Muffat are also through to the last eight. Australia will be represented by Kylie Palmer , who collected silver in the event at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.
The only other Australian bidding for a medal on the night will be 17 year-old Jordan Harrison , who set a personal best time of 7min 52.55sec to scrape into the Men’s 800m Freestyle Final where he will have his work cut out against Chinese superstar Sun Yang .
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