The World Championships have been and gone. This was my third World Championships and overall I was happy with my results although I won’t lie, I would have liked a Gold medal, this is the only colour to have eluded me at a World Championships. I ended this meet with 2 Bronze medals, for the 400 Individual Medley and the 4 x 100 Medley Relay, also 4th for the 200 Individual Medley and 5th for the 200 Butterfly.
My first event was the 200 Individual Medley and my final time of 2:09.65 was the same time that I posted in the semi-final. I usually improve my times through the heats to the semi’s and the final and I was disappointed that I didn’t execute the final race as well as I could have.
I was very happy with the 200 Butterfly result as this was the first time I have raced this event at an international meet. I did a personal best time and to be only 0.53seconds off Liuyang's winning time was a great boost of confidence for me. It was a nice surprise, and I’m continuing to think about what this means given that medleys have, to date, been my focus.
The 400 Individual Medley was a good result as I haven’t been this fast since Beijing, except for the fast swim-suit era in 2009. To race the 400 Individual Medley at an international competition is a lot more fatiguing as you need to set a fast time in the heat, that morning, to ensure a place in the final. I don’t think I have the required fitness as yet, due to my shoulder rehabilitation but it is encouraging result given the volume of work I have done.
There were many impressive results from swimmers from around the world. From swimmers who have been knocking on the door for awhile and some from the younger but very talented athletes. I am looking forward to testing myself against these very impressive opponents again soon.