Australia win 4x1500m open water relay in 0.2sec picture end from Italy at world swimming championships

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Australia has gained gold in an exciting picture end to the open water relay on the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.

The Aussie quartet of Moesha Johnson, Chelsea Gubecka, Nick Sloman and Kyle Lee got here out victorious within the 4x1500m open water relay, simply pipping Italy to the put up on the finish.

Italy’s Domenico Acerenza had the lead over Lee heading into the ultimate stretch however the Aussie made up floor and managed to get his fingertip on the yellow touchpad simply earlier than the Italian.

Open water races are the marathons of the swimming world, however in some way they all the time appear to come back right down to the final contact, and Lee was lightning quick along with his hand as he reached as much as hit the touchpad.

The Australians had a nervous wait whereas the picture end was reviewed however they gained the race in a time of 1:03.28.0.

Italy had been second in 1:03.28.0 and Hungary rounded out the rostrum ending round half a minute later.

It caps a stellar marketing campaign for Australia’s contingent of open water swimmers and divers forward of the pool a part of the world aquatic championships.

Gubecka claimed silver within the 5km race after Dutch Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal pipped her to assert the 5km/10km double. The space swimmers will resume battle at this yr’s Paris Olympics.

In the meantime, Australia’s divers picked up their fourth medal on the world championships. Dynamic duo Anabelle Smith and Maddison Keeney secured silver within the 3m springboard synchronised ultimate in Doha, ending behind the dominant Chinese language pair.

For 31-year-old Smith it was a 3rd world championship medal 13 years since she gained her first as a youngster with Sharleen Stratton in the identical occasion in Shanghai 2011.

It took the Australian tally to 4 medals within the diving pool, headed by Alysha Koloi’s gold and Li Shixin’s silver within the 1m springboard occasions.

The majority of Australia’s Paris-bound swim staff have skipped the occasion in Doha to deal with the Olympics.

— With NCA Newswire