Cameron McEvoy pipped by barest of margins in 50m freestyle world title defence

  • Defending champion beaten by 0.01 seconds by Vladyslav Bukhov
  • Jaclyn Barclay claims silver in women’s 200m backstroke in Doha

Cameron McEvoy has been beaten in the most agonising of near-misses in his 50m freestyle world title defence, edged for gold by just one-hundredth of a second in one of the shocks of the championships in Doha.

But while the veteran speedster was putting on a brave face after his sensational loss to Ukraine’s Vladyslav Bukhov on Saturday, an Australian star of the future Jaclyn Barclay was left savouring her own breakthrough silver in the 200m backstroke.

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Adam Peaty “at peace” with prospect of not returning to his best for Paris 2024

  • Breaststroke star eases to world championships final in Doha
  • Briton is targeting a third Olympic gold medal this summer

Adam Peaty is uncertain whether he will be back to top form for his 100m breaststroke defence at the Paris Olympics but is at peace with the prospect of not being favourite in an event he has dominated.

On the comeback trail after taking a mental health break last year, the British world record-holder topped qualifying on Sunday for the 100m final in Doha with a time of 58.60 seconds on his long-awaited return to the world championships. The final takes place on Monday.

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Australia’s ‘Pipe Master’ Molly Picklum falls short in Hawaii surf final after perfect score

  • NSW surfer posts perfect 10 in semi-final rated ‘best-ever women’s heat’
  • Picklum’s final score of 10.64 pipped by American Caitlin Simmers’ 12.66

Australian surfer Molly Picklum has posted the first perfect score of her career but has fallen to American Caitlin Simmers in the final of the Pipe Pro in Hawaii.

The 21-year-old nailed a 10 in her epic semi-final win over local Bettylou Sakura Johnson, which was widely rated as the best ever women’s heat on the Championship Tour.

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Lauren Jackson retires before fifth Olympics after helping Opals qualify for Paris 2024

  • Opals legend, 42, officially retires rather than contest fifth Olympics
  • Australia defeat Germany 85-52 to secure Paris 2024 qualification

Opals legend Lauren Jackson has confirmed she will not feature at the 2024 Paris Olympics after Australia qualified for the Games with an 85-52 thumping of Germany.

The 42-year-old officially announced her retirement from international basketball following Saturday’s win (Sunday AEDT) in Belem, Brazil - almost 18 months after she made a stunning comeback at the 2022 World Cup.

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Cameron McEvoy targets Brisbane Olympics armed with revolutionary training regime

  • 50m freestyle world champion is aiming to defend title in Doha
  • Australian swimmer reduced his training load as he approaches 30

Reborn world champion Cameron McEvoy has rewritten the book on short-distance swimming, and it’s going so well he’s planning a tilt at the 2032 Olympic Games in Brisbane as a 38-year-old.

McEvoy became the oldest Australian to win a swimming world championship when taking out the 50m freestyle last year in Japan.

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Tom Daley and Noah Williams seal Olympic spots with silver in Doha

  • Second place behind Chinese pair books Paris 2024 places
  • Daley admits to being ‘terrified’ before competing

The British pair of Tom Daley and Noah Williams secured spots at the Paris Olympics with silver in the men’s 10-metre synchro at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha.

They earned 84.48 points in their first international competition as a pair and sealed a quota spot for this year’s Olympic Games in the process.

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Paris Olympic and Paralympic medals will contain chunks of Eiffel Tower

  • Design for Paris 2024 medals unveiled by jeweller Chaumet
  • ‘The absolute symbol of Paris and France is the Eiffel Tower’

Podium finishers at the upcoming Paris Olympics will be rewarded with a piece of the Eiffel Tower, organisers said on Thursday, unveiling the event’s medals which are set with hexagon-shaped tokens forged out of scrap metal from the monument.

The idea was to link the Games with symbols of France, said Thierry Reboul, creative director of Paris 2024. “The absolute symbol of Paris and France is the Eiffel Tower,” Reboul told reporters. “It’s the opportunity for the athletes to bring back a piece of Paris with them.”

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