Australia Dominate Gold Count As Dolphins, Eagles & Dragons Take Lion’s Share Of Medals

2023-07-31 No comments Reading Time: 5 minutes
Time-warpery: Fukuoka 2023 flowed into history as a meet that witnessed pioneering efforts ... next stop Doha just six months later in calendar chaos - Photo: Hugh McNeil, of Canada, captured by Ian McNicol

The 20th World Aquatics Championships came to a thrilling conclusion at the Marine Messe in Fukuoka, Japan, on Sunday night, with the Dolphins dominant force with 13 gold medals, to 7 for the USA and 5 for China.

In the podium depth, Dolphins, Eagles and Dragons took the lion’s share of all prizes, their combined 79 medals representing 62% of all 127 medals.

The meet ended with the USA collecting what was described as the second biggest haul in their history, at 38. With no intent to downplay the likes of 20 silvers and 11 bronzes – a fantastic result for all swimmers and coaches concerned – such historic-haul comparisons, for all teams, are relative: there are now two mixed relays in the mix that were not there for most of the past 20 years and there are six 50m stroke events, an 800 for men and a 1500 for women that were not there for almost three decades of world-championship history.

So, a touch of Caveat Emptor required on the stats and claims of “best-ever” and “greatest” in a sport that has invited asterisks to its party and shredded the red thread to its own history when it comes to measuring the might of the then and now.

The Top 12 On The Medals Table Led By Dolphins Over Eagles & Dragons

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6 CAN2226
7 TUN2103

The table and podiums in full The Book of Results in Full at Omega

Since the championships came to an end, we’ve had the following development in the sport:

Cate Campbell Fires Broadside At USA With “Sore Losers” Jibe After Broadcaster’s Bellyflop On Medals

My thoughts on that here:

Why Australia Did Not Only Win On Gold Count But Was The Best Team At World Championships

Below are the World records, 10 of them, and the links to my coverage of all 42 finals, and articles from pool heats and the open water 10km battles.

The 10 World Records In The Pool

Ariarne Titmus, by Patrick B. Kraemer


50m freestyle: Sarah Sjostrom Sweden 23.61

Mollie O’Callaghan tops the league of champions and world record setters in Fukuoka (Photo by Patrick B. Kraemer / MAGICPBK)

200m freestyle: Mollie O’Callaghan Australia 1:52.85

400m freestyle: Ariarne Titmus Australia 3:55.38

50m breaststroke X 2: Ruta Meilutyte Lithuania =29.30 and then 29.16

4×100 freestyle: Mollie O’Callaghan (52.08) Shayna Jack (51.69) Meg Harris (52.29) Emma McKeon (51.90) Australia 3:27.96

4×200 freestyle: Mollie O’Callaghan (1:53.66) Shayna Jack (1:55.63) Brianna Throssell (1:55.80) Ariarne Titmus (1:52.41) Australia 7:37.50


400 medley: Léon Marchand France 4:02.50 (race video)

200 breaststroke: Qin Haiyang China 2:05.48

Nicolas Castel, Leon’s French coach since his youth
Leon Marchand with coach Bob Bowman – courtesy of Leon


4×100 freestyle – Jack Cartwright (48.14) Kyle Chalmers (47.25) Shayna Jack (51.73) Mollie O’Callaghan (51.71) Australia 3:18.83

SOS Coverage Of Swimming At The 20th World Aquatics Championships, the Damage of Dolphins Noted



Dolphins 3/6

Sarah Sjostrom Sizzles On 23.62 To Keep 50 Free Crown 0.01sec Shy Of Her Day-Old WR – Now Has More Solo Medals Than Phelps & Ledecky

Sjostrom The Dashing Queen Of Sprint Swimming: 5th 50 Fly Title Followed By 23.61 World Record 50 Free 12 Minutes Later

O’Callaghan Retains Crown in 52.16 As First In History To Take 100-200 Free Double At Worlds

O’Callaghan Pops Pellegrini 2009 World 200 Free Record With 1:52.85 Blast Past Aussie Olympic Champ Teammate Titmus For Dolphin 1-2

Ariarne Titmus Turns Three-Way Fight Into A Left-Right Knockout With 3:55.38 World Record

Ledecky A Legend In Lights Of An 8:08 Record 6th 800 Free World Title, Li & Titmus On 8:13 Asia/Oceania Marks

Katie Ledecky Makes It A High-Five Splash of 1500 World Titles In A Decade Of Dominance

Open water: Germany’s Leonie Beck Takes First Gold Of Fukuoka 2023 World Titles In 10km Opener


Dolphins 3/3

McKeown 1st To Win 50-100 Back Worlds Double On Way To Shot At Triple

Kaylee McKeown Roars To 100 Back Gold On Fuel Of 200IM DQ

Kaylee McKeown Take Trailblazing Treble On Backstroke With 2:03.8 Victory


Ruta Meilutyte 29.16 WR Turns Back The Clock For Breaststroke Double 10 Years On After Debut World Title

Ruta Meilutyte Equals WR 29.30 In 50m Breaststroke Semi Final … 10 Years On – Video

Ruta Meilutyte Makes 1:04.6 Return To Top Of World After 10 Years

Ruta Meilutyte Back Down To 1:04 In 100 Heats At Worlds A Decade On, Past & Present In The Wash

Schoenmaker Takes 200 Breast Title in 2:20.80 As Douglass & Shouten Lock Defender King Off Podium


Sjostrom The Dashing Queen Of Sprint Swimming: 5th 50 Fly Title Followed By 23.61 World Record 50 Free 12 Minutes Later

Zhang Yufei Leads A Refshuffle Of Tokyo Olympic Podium For The Crown At Last

Summer McIntosh Bounces Back With 2:04.06 Americas & World Junior Record To Retain 200 ‘Fly Title


Douglass Leads USA 1-2 With Walsh On 2:07s In 200IM Fuelling DQ’d McKeown’s Hunger

Summer McIntosh Ends Fukuoka Test On A High With 4:27.11 CR Victory – Second Fastest Ever – & Two Titles Retained


Dolphins 2/3

Australia Gathers Unstoppable Momentum On Decade-Long Bull Run With Timewarp 3:27.96 World-Record

Dolphins Open Worlds Account With Day Of Dominance in Fukuoka: 4 Golds & 2 World Records, for Ariarne Titmus & Women’s 4×100 Free

Dolphins Destroy 4x200m Free WR – 7:37.50 From O’Callaghan, Jack, Throssell & Titmus

USA Brings Challenging Fukuoka Campaign To Golden Crescendo In Medley Relays



Dolphins 3/6

McEvoy Magical 21.06 Wins 50 Free World Crown In Majestic 21.06 By Ahead Of Alexy & Proud

Chalmers 47.15 Stubs Out Alexy’s Outside Smoker With Blast Back From 7th At Turn

Matt Richards Leads Another GBR 1-2 Punch With Tom Dean 0.02 Shy As David Popovici Misses 1:44s 200 Free Podium

Short Margin Of Victory 0.02sec Over Hafnaoui With 3:40.68 To Get Dolphins Rolling

Hafnaoui Tops Historic 800 With 7:37.00 African Textile Mark Ahead Of Oceania, American & European Records By Short, Finke & Wiffen

Finke & Wiffen Lead the Way With Hafnaoui & Short Poised For Furious 1500 Curtain Closer

Hafnaoui Fends Off Finke By 0.05sec For 1500 Victory & Distance Double A Slither Shy Of WR

Open water: Wellbrock Big In Japan – Tokyo Olympic Champion Leads Germany 1-3 For World 10km Title In Fukuoka


Hunter Armstrong Bags World 50 Back Crown in 24.05 in A USA 1-2 With Defender Justin Ress

Murphy Takes Ceccon By 0.05 To Complete Set Of 100/200 Golds At Olympics & Worlds

Kos Cites The Sun Devil In The Details Of 200 Back Win Over Murphy – ‘Bob Bowman Effect’


Qin Dreams Of Peaty’s Pioneering Pace After 26.29 Dash Win For Breaststroke Double

Qin Haiyang 57.69 Asian Mark A First For Self & China Ahead Of Triple Silver

Qin Haiyang’s Road Unparalleled To World Supremacy on Breaststroke: WR 2:05.48 Makes Him 1st Ever 50-100-200 Treble Champion


Ceccon Books Lane 4 For 100 Back Defence Then Dashes Off To Win 50 ‘Fly Crown

Grousset Gold In 50.14 Puts Frenchman In All-Time Top 5 Year Out From Paris Olympics

Marchand Keeps Marching With 1:52 Victory In 200 ‘Fly & Lane 4 Ticket To Next Medley Final


Marchand Sings Les Bleus – A Song Of Providence For Paris After Third Gold In 1:54.82 200 Medley ER

Marchand 4:02.50 WR: Race Video & What He Said After Confining Phelps’ 4:03.84 Epic To History


Dolphins 1/3

M4x100m Free – Kyle Chalmers 46.56 Delivers Gold No4 For Australia

Great Britain Keep USA & AUS At Bay As Scott, Richards, Guy & Dean Reclaim World 4x200m Crown: 6:59.08, Paris Powder Dry

USA Brings Challenging Fukuoka Campaign To Golden Crescendo In Medley Relays


Dolphins 1/2

Australia 4×100 Mixed Free Quartet Go WR 3:18.83 Ahead Of USA & Great Britain ER

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