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Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh finish 1-2 in 200 IM at 2023 World Aquatic Championships

Chris Graham
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Kate Douglass, a UVA swimming alum, won her first career World Aquatics Championship gold medal with her win in the 200 IM on Night 2 of the 2023 World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Virginia fourth-year Alex Walsh took silver in the 200 IM, finishing eight-tenths of a second behind Douglass, who surged past Walsh in the final 50 meters to take the gold in 2:07.17.

Douglass already owned a bronze medal in the event at the 2020 Olympics and won three bronze medals at last year’s worlds.

The gold by Douglass was the first gold medal for Team USA at the 2023 World Championships.

The 1-2 finish for Douglass and Walsh was the first time that the US has had a 1-2 finish in the event at worlds since 1978.

Walsh’s silver made her the first American swimmer to win gold or silver in her first three individual races at global championships (Olympics and worlds) since Katie Ledecky in 2012 and 2013.

UVA third-year Gretchen Walsh competed in her first individual event at worlds, finishing eighth in the women’s 100-meter butterfly. Walsh clocked in with a time of 57.58.

UVA’s two medals on Tuesday added to their medal count that started with three silver medals on Monday. Douglass, Gretchen Walsh and senior Maxine Parker won silver as part of the Team USA women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Parker swam the third leg of the relay in prelims that qualified the US second heading into finals.

Gretchen Walsh led off the relay with a split of 54.06 and Douglass anchored the relay with the fastest time of the finals in 27.18 as Team USA won silver with a time of 3:31.93.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].