Etiene wins 50m backstroke gold; 200m butterfly title for Belmonte

AGENCIES BUDAPEST, 28th July 2017: Brazil's Etiene Medeiros won the women's 50m backstroke gold at the world championships on Thursday in a desperately tight final which she won on the wall.

Medeiros clocked 27.14 seconds, a new Americas record just 0.08 away from the world record set in 2009, while China's Fu Yuanhui took silver at 0.01 back. Bulgaria's Aliaksandra Herasimenia earned bronze at just 0.09 behind as all eight swimmers in the final finished within half a second of Medeiros. Having won silver at the Kazan world championships two years ago, the 26-yearold Medeiros went one better in Budapest having also come within 0.12 of the world record
on Wednesday. In the semi-finals, Fu had also been just 0.01 seconds behind Medeiros. Spain's Mireia Belmonte won the women's 200m butterfly itle at the world championships on Thursday to add to her Olympic gold medal. Belmonte touched the wall in two minutes, 05.26 seconds with Germany's Franziska Hentke taking silver at 0.13 back and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu earning bronze at 0.63.

Having won world silver at home in Barcelona four years ago, Belmonte has gone one better a year after being crowned Olympic champion in Rio. This was Belmonte's second medal of these championships after she took silver in the 1500m freestyle on Tuesday -- finishing 19 seconds behind gold-medallist and long-distance queen Katie Ledecky of the USA.

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