Aussies bag three golds at swimming world championships

THE Australian swim team is looking forward to the Rio Olympics in 2016 with confidence after bagging three gold and 10 silver medals at the world championships in Barcelona.

The result was an improvement on last year's result at the London Games which produced one gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

The final night saw the men's 4x100m medley relay team take silver after the Americans touched first but were disqualified for an illegal changeover.

France was elevated to the gold medal position, becoming the first country outside the US and Australia to win the event at a world titles.

Tommaso D'Orsogna, who swam the butterfly leg, said, "It was a fantastic meet for Australia, the team is very young, our swimmers are developing, the main thing we can take away from this competition is that we look forward to the future."

Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell were the standouts, Coutts winning five silver medals and Campbell claiming one gold (the 100m freestyle) and three silver medals. The other golds were won by James Magnussen (100m freestyle) and Christian Sprenger (100m breaststroke).


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