Shayna Jack continues brilliant resurgence with fourth medal of swimming world champs

The Aussie claimed the second individual medal of her world championships career.

Shayna Jack, pictured here at the swimming world championships.
Shayna Jack won bronze in the 100m freestyle at the swimming world championships. Image: Getty/World Aquatics

Shayna Jack has claimed the second individual medal of her world championships career, winning bronze in the 100m freestyle in Doha. The 25-year-old has continued her brilliant career resurgence after mental health struggles that were sparked by a two-year suspension she received for taking a banned substance back in 2019.

After initially being slugged with a four-year suspension, it was cut in half because she argued she didn't knowingly take the banned drug Ligandrol. She has since made a sensational return to swimming, and won her second individual medal at a world championships on Friday night.

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Marrit Steenbergen of Netherlands took the gold medal, with Jack claiming bronze to add to the 50m freestyle silver she won at Fukuoka last year. Jack has now won 15 medals at world championships - 13 of which have come as part of relay teams.

She's won four of those medals at this year's worlds in Doha. "I'm really proud of myself for that race, it was all about execution, and I did exactly what I was looking for tonight," said Jack, who admitted to nerves before her race.

"It's always special to stand on the podium for my country. My main focus is Paris and coming here, I wanted to race as much as possible. That was race No.10 in six days for me – and I still have the 50 and then relays."

Siobhan Haughey, Marrit Steenbergen and Shayna Jack.
Siobhan Haughey, Marrit Steenbergen and Shayna Jack pose with their medals after the 100m freestyle final.

Cameron McEvoy eyeing gold in 50m freestyle

The Aussie team will be looking to grab their second gold of the meet on Saturday (Sunday Aussie time) when Cameron McEvoy defends his 50m freestyle title. The 29-year-old was easily the fastest in qualifying.

The Aussie veteran roared to a 21.13 seconds in the heats on Friday - just 0.07 outside the personal best he set when winning the event in Fukuoka last year. He was a tenth of a second slower in the evening's semi-finals, but still quickest of all the finalists by 0.15.

Australian teammate Isaac Cooper made it into the final as the seventh fastest qualifier in 21.74. Another Aussie medal looks to be on the cards, with 17-year-old prospect Jaclyn Barclay qualifying second-fastest for the 200m backstroke final.

Cameron McEvoy and Isaac Cooper at the swimming world championships.
Cameron McEvoy shakes hands with Isaac Cooper after their 50m freestyle heat at the swimming world championships.

Claire Curzan of the USA is the unbackable favourite to emulate the absent Kaylee McKeown by repeating her 50-100-200 backstroke treble from Fukuoka last year Curzan was the fastest qualifier in 2min 07.01sec, while Queenslander Barclay won her semi in 2:08.85.

Alex Perkins was fourth-fastest qualifier (25.81sec) from the 50m butterfly semi-finals, and will be joined in the final by Brianna Throssell - seventh fastest in 25.97. Just like Jack, Throssell has produced a tireless campaign so far in Doha. Kiah Melverton (8:35.22) and Maddy Gough (8:35.25) made it into Saturday's 800m final as the seventh and eight fastest qualifiers respectively.

It was a big night for the Netherlands, with Tes Schouten joining Steenbergen with gold in the 200m breaststroke. Hugo Gonzalez won gold in the men's 200m backstroke for Spain.

Dong Zhihao kept the men's 200m breaststroke crown in Chinese hands ahead of another Dutch stand-out Caspar Corbeau. And 100m freestyle champion Pan Zhanle helped the men claim the 4x200m relay title.

with AAP

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