Williamson on Top of the World

21 February 2024
Sam Williamson 2024 Worlds
Written by: Swimming Victoria, Image: Delly Carr

Sam Williamson is on top of the world following the World Aquatics Swimming Championships in Doha.

Williamson started with an impressive performance in his first event the Men’s 100m Breaststroke where he went up against a strong field including GOAT breaststroker Adam Peaty. He peaked in the final, posting a personal best time of 59.21 to finish fourth fastest in the world.

He then turned his attention to the 50m Breaststroke where it was a dream run into the final, qualifying fastest in a personal best, Australian Record time of 26.41. Williamson backed it up in the final, hitting the wall at 26.32, which crowned him world champion and set another new Australian Record. He out touched-Italy’s Nicolo Matinenghi by seven-hundredths and the new 100m breaststroke world champion, Nic Fink from the USA.

Not long after celebrating the win, Williamson was back in the water for the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay where he teamed up with Brad Woodward, Brianna Throssell and Shayna Jack to claim Silver in 3:43.12.

The successful champaign will give Williamson a boost of confidence as he prepares from Olympic Trials in June.

“Two years ago, I was sitting at home watching the swimming and just thought you know what that could be me one day. So I just put my head down and worked my ass off to get here. This isn’t an Olympic event … I have to do two laps and my next goal is to get back in the pool and train and give myself the best chance for Paris.” Williamson said.

Congratulations to Sam and his coach Craig Jackson, and to all our Victorian athletes and coaches on their results in Doha:

Mubal Azzam Ibrahim – Surrey Park, coached by Michael Goff, representing the Maldives

  • Men’s 50m Breaststroke – 52nd 33.24
  • Men’s 100m Breaststroke – 72nd 1:14
  • Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay – 32nd 4:41.83
  • Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay – 20th 4:14.17

Xiandi Chua – Nunawading, coached by Michal Skrodzki, representing the Philippines

  • Women’s 200m Backstroke – 21st 2:15.01
  • Women’s 400m Individual Medley – 18th 4:51.01
  • Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – 12th 3:46.93

Akalanka Peiris – Cheltenham Swimming Club, coached by Kelly Stubbins, representing Sri Lanka

  • Men’s 50m Backstroke – 22nd 26.86
  • Men’s 100m Backstroke – 40th 57.52

Johann Stickland – Western Melbourne Propulsion, coached by Sebastian Bettiol, representing Samoa

  • Men’s 100m Freestyle – 66th 52.33
  • Men’s 50m Freestyle – 56th 23.75

Alan Uhi – Essendon District Aquatic, coached by Chris Stathis, representing Tonga

  • Men’s 100m Backstroke – 51st 1:01.47

Sam Williamson – Melbourne Vicentre, coached by Craig Jackson, representing Australia

  • Men’s 100m Breaststroke – 4th 59.21
  • Men’s 50m Breaststroke – 1st 26.31
  • Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay – 2nd 3:43.12

For full results click here.

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