Emily Seebohm
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Emily Seebohm going for gold, world record in final

AUSTRALIA was unable to add to its one gold, two silver and two bronze medals on day four of the world short-course titles in Doha, although more success could be on the way after several swimmers were among the fastest qualifiers for finals on day five.

Emily Seebohm, who picked up three of the four minor medals, set a new championship, Commonwealth and Australian record in the 50m backstroke semi-final. Her time was just 0.17 seconds outside the world record set by Croatia's Sanja Jovanovic in 2009.

The Queenslander is set to renew her battle with Katinka Hosszu in the final, with the Hungarian having beaten Seebohm, and set new world records, in each of their three races.

Australia's only gold medallist, Mitch Larkin, was unable to repeat his result from the 100m backstroke in the 50m back final, finishing fifth to Frenchman Florent Manaudou in another world record, the 17th of the meet.


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