In an exceptional FINA World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, UWA West Coast athlete Brianna Throssell formed part of two gold medal-winning relay teams, breaking a world record along the way.
Throssell earned a berth in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team after mainstay Shayna Jack withdrew from the squad for personal reasons.
The UWA West Coast swimmer joined Bronte and Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon in the team, looking to emulate the success of the world record-holding 2018 Commonwealth Games squad.
Taking over from Bronte Campbell, Brianna swam first change, clocking 53.34 to keep the team in contention as she handed over to McKeon.
The Australian time of 3:30.21, ahead of USA and Canada, was a new championship record and just shy of the world record time.
With one gold medal under her belt, Brianna was also called to compete in the 4x200m freestyle relay team.
In spectacular fashion, Brianna, along with Ariarne Titmus, Madison Wilson, and Emma McKeon posted 7:41.50, well ahead of the previous world record of 7:42.08, which was set by China a decade ago in 2009.
Australia now holds both the women’s 4x100m and 4x200m records.
Elsewhere, Brianna also finished in fifth place in the 100m butterfly final, with fellow Australian Emma McKeon winning bronze.
At the end of the Championships, Australia finished in fourth place on the medal tally, behind China, USA, and Russia.
After her strong performance at the Championships, Brianna will be looking towards the prospect of Tokyo 2020, with the Olympics fast approaching.
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