MELBOURNE – Senior Kate Douglass won her second individual gold medal at the 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships with her win in the 200-meter breaststroke on Friday.
Douglass swam a Championship record in route to her gold medal with a time of 2:15.77. She led a one-two finish for Team USA, with Lilly King finishing second in 2:17.13.
“It was awesome getting to race next to Lilly (King),” Douglass said. “It felt really smooth this morning so I was trying to keep that the same in this final swim and come back a lot faster. Having Lilly helped push me to do that.”
It was the third-consecutive title for the U.S. in the SCM 200 breaststroke and Douglass swam a personal-best time to become the seventh-fastest performer in history and third fastest in American history.
Douglass leads all of Team USA with five medals and has a team-high four gold medals. Junior Alex Walsh is tied for second with four medals total so far at the World Championships.