Another Shanghai dead heat

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Nothing could seperate Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus and Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark in the women’s 100 metres freestyle final at the world swimming championships in Shanghai on Friday.

Both swimmers touched home in 53.45 seconds for the second dead heat of the championships. French teammates Camille Lacourt and Jeremy Stravius also finished in a rare dead heat for gold in the men’s 100-metre backstroke on Tuesday.

While Herasimenia and Ottesen shared gold Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherland’s picked up bronze.

Olympic champion Rebecca Soni dominated the field to win the women’s 200 metres breaststroke. It continued a fine display in Shanghai by the American who completed the double after also winning the 100 metres title earlier in the week. Yuliya Efimova of Russia took silver while Canada’s Martha McCabe won bronze.

Olympic champion Ryan Lochte added another two golds to his medal’s haul in China on Friday. The 26-year-old American, who already this week won the 200 metres freestyle and individual medley titles, won the 200 metres backstroke.

The second of his gold medals on the day came when he joined up with multiple Olympic champion Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay and Richard Berens to win the men’s 4×200 metres freestyle relay. France took silver while china rounded off the podium with Bronze.

Elsewhere, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta retained his title in the 200 metres breastroke. Olympic gold medallist Kosuke Kitajima of Japan won silver as Germany’s Christian Vom Lehn took bronze.

Joe Allen