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Lani Pallister announces herself as Australian swimming’s newest star

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Australia enjoyed another successful night in the pool at the FINA World Shortcourse Swimming Championships on Wednesday.

Lani Pallister starred for the home nation in Melbourne, bringing her gold medal tally to three for the meet so far.

One day after winning her first world title in the 400m freestyle, the 20-year-old started just as she left off, claiming a dominant victory in the 800m freestyle. 

Leading the entire race from start to finish, Pallister finished half a lap ahead of her nearest competitors – New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather and Japan’s Miyu Namba.

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The Sydney-born swimmer was then called into action again just two hours later, where she joined Madi Wilson, Mollie O’Callaghan and Leah Neale in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

She swam the fastest split out of the quartet as Australia won gold with a world record time of 7:30.87. 

To make things even sweeter, the team will split a bonus of US$25,000 (AU$36,917) for breaking the record.

“It’s the first time I’ve raced a 4x200m final so I really wanted to put my foot on the line and show the coaches who had faith in me I was able to do the job,” Pallister said.

“It’s such an incredible opportunity to race on home soil and come away with a world record.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work around backing up so I had long enough between the 800 and the relay to be able to recover and put up a performance like I did tonight.”

The win was also impressive considering young gun O’Callaghan was touch-and-go prior to the race with an injury concern.

However, the 18-year-old was able to deliver a strong second leg in the race, which put Australia into the lead.

Australian relay coach Dean Boxall later revealed to Channel 9 that her initial discomfort was due to a rectus abdominis cramp.

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O’Callaghan was previously in action in the 100m backstroke, where she nearly claimed an upset over fellow Australian Kaylee McKeown.

Typically a freestyler, O’Callaghan picked up a silver in the event, with McKeown taking the gold with a 55.49 time.

In other results, Isaac Cooper scored an unlikely bronze medal from lane one in the men’s 100m backstroke.

The result marks a strong comeback for the teenager, who was dismissed from a training camp ahead of the Commonwealth Games for disciplinary reasons related to the misuse of medication.


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