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Need for speed drives Aussie swim star Ariarne Titmus to a record-breaking short-course gold medal

Staff writers, December 13, 2018 7:42AM Kids News

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Australia's Ariarne Titmus with her gold medal for the women's 200m freestyle final, flanked by silver medallist Mallory Comerford (left) and bronze medallist Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands. Picture: AP media_cameraAustralia's Ariarne Titmus with her gold medal for the women's 200m freestyle final, flanked by silver medallist Mallory Comerford (left) and bronze medallist Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands. Picture: AP

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SWIMMING: A need for speed has driven Ariarne Titmus to Australia’s first gold medal of the world short-course swimming titles in China with a record-breaking 200m freestyle win.

Known for her achievements over longer distances, the 18-year-old said her new focus on sprint work helped her chase down American Mallory Comerford and the Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk to claim gold in 1min:51.38sec — a Commonwealth, Oceania and national record.

Titmus’ stirring* effort on the opening night of the six-day event in Hangzhou shattered* Emma McKeon’s 2015 record of 1:51.66 and moved her to fourth on the all-time rankings.

Titmus became Australia’s long course distance queen after becoming the first woman in 36 years to win the Commonwealth 400m-800m freestyle double on the Gold Coast in April.

Australian Dolphins Alex Graham and Minna Atherton took home bronze medals on night two.

Australia's Jake Whetton takes control of the ball during the Men's Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match between France and Australia. Picture: AP media_cameraAustralia’s Jake Whetton takes control of the ball during the Men’s Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match between France and Australia. Picture: AP

HOCKEY: The Kookaburras are now just two wins away from claiming a third straight World Cup after comfortably defeating France 3-0 in their quarter-final in India.

Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers both finished penalty corners to give the Australian men’s team a two-goal lead at halftime in Bhubaneswar. The Kookaburras then showed why they are world No. 1 with a dominant* third quarter, ending in a third goal for captain Aran Zalewski early this morning.

Australia will next play the winner of the final-eight clash between host nation India and Netherlands on Sunday, with the victor to advance to the final on Monday.

The Hyundai A-League is expanding its number of teams. media_cameraThe Hyundai A-League is expanding its number of teams.

SOCCER: Western Melbourne has emerged as the likely winning Victorian bid in the A-League expansion* race, and could join the competition next season.

The Macarthur South-west Sydney bid looked set to win the Sydney expansion licence, but their competition entry is likely to be delayed until 2020-21.

Tense talks went late into Wednesday night after the FFA board meeting. Football Federation Australia is due to announce the two winning bids at noon today.

Aaron Mooy will be out of action for three months with a knee injury. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAaron Mooy will be out of action for three months with a knee injury. Picture: Getty Images

SOCCER: The Socceroos’ worst fears for the Asian Cup hopes have been confirmed with star midfielder Aaron Mooy ruled out for three months with a knee injury.

The Huddersfield Town player suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Terriers’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the English Premier League last Saturday.

“I’m gutted to be missing an important time for club and country,” Mooy told Huddersfield’s official website.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold will name his squad for the tournament later this month, with the team beginning their defence of the title they won in 2015 against Jordan on January 5 in Abu Dhabi.

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GLOSSARY

  • stirring: exciting
  • shattered: broke
  • dominant: very strong or overpowering
  • expansion: make something bigger

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  1. Which event did Ariarne Titmus win gold in at the world short-course titles?
  2. How many goals did the Kookaburras win by?
  3. Name the two teams most likely to be added to the expanded A-league today?
  4. The Socceroos are defending Asian Cup champions. When did they last win it?

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