Iona Anderson strikes again, doubles down on silver collection at World Champs

16 February 2024

Iona Anderson, from Breakers Swim Club and Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), has done it again, striking her second World silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships held at the Aspire Dome in Doha. Only 0.02 seconds off gold, Anderson's recent feat overnight has added another highlight to her Worlds campaign, complementing her earlier feat in the 100m backstroke.

As the 50m backstroke isn't an Olympic event, it makes it all the more fun, as a bit of pressure is taken off. Anderson remains at the peak of her career, and it's incredible to see her achieving personal best times ahead of the Australian Swimming Trials, giving her confidence to know that she's won silver twice at her first senior World Championships.

World record-holder and Olympic gold medallist, Kaylee McKeown, will no doubt occupy the number one spot as far as the backstrokes are concerned, but there's still that second spot, and Anderson is in contention after her incredible performances at the World Championships.

"I love doing the 50m... I knew that a PB was in me, and when I saw the result, I couldn’t believe it. I am just so grateful to be here, and it is a good experience," Anderson shared.

With a personal best of 27.45, Anderson stood shoulder to shoulder with USA's Claire Curzan (27.43) securing gold and Canada's Ingrid Wilm securing bronze (27.61).

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