Erin Gallagher Sets Sights on the Aquatics World Champs Butterfly Sprint

After finishing sixth in the 100m Freestyle semi-final and missing out on the final, SA star swimmer Erin Gallagher is excited about the upcoming heats for one of her favourite races, the 50 fly on Friday morning. Photo: Anton Geyser/SA Sports Images

Erin Gallagher finished sixth in the semifinal of the 100m freestyle in a time of 54.53 seconds at the World Aquatics Championships, just missing out on a spot in the final, in Doha on Thursday night, 15 February, 2024.

The 25-year-old had also finished sixth in her morning heat. “Honestly, I had no idea what to expect for the semis,” admitted the African record holder afterwards. “This morning was a very, very rough swim.

I think I actually cried in my warm-up knowing that it was going to be a tough swim, so I’m just really grateful that I was given a second chance to swim and improve my time. So ja, I walked away from the race smiling, learnt a lot of lessons, so I’m happy.”

African record holder, Erin Gallagher

Gallagher will be back in action tomorrow morning in the heats of the 50m butterfly.

“I am super excited, this is the race I’ve been waiting for all week, so we’ll see what happens. I love 50 fly, so it’s just a splash and dash… You’ve got to execute everything perfectly,” she said.

Swimming at the World Aquatics Championships continues on Friday morning with Hannah Pearse in action in the 200m backstroke, and Gallagher in the 50m butterfly. 


Photo Caption: After finishing sixth in the 100m Freestyle semi-final and missing out on the final, SA star swimmer Erin Gallagher is excited about the upcoming heats for one of her favourite races, the 50 fly on Friday morning. Photo: Anton Geyser/SA Sports Images

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