Melanie Schlanger has been recovering from a rib injury.
Melanie Schlanger has been recovering from a rib injury. Al Bello / Getty Images

Schlanger misses medal by a whisker

COMMONWEALTH champion Melanie Schlanger continued her strong form on the Gold Coast yesterday but narrowly missed out on a Pan Pacific Championships medal.

Schlanger qualified for the 200m freestyle final with a blistering time of 1:57.16 and backed up with a strong 1:57.39, but finished just 0.01 of a second behind American bronze medallist Shannon Vreeland.

The 27-year-old Schlanger, now based on the Gold Coast, joked on Twitter that she was too excited about swimming in front of the vocal home crowd.

"Fourth is the worst," she wrote. "But had so much fun. Got a bit too excited (in the) first 50 with the awesome crowd! Ha!"

American teenage superstar Katie Ledecky won the gold and Australia's Bronte Barratt finished second.

Another Sunshine Coast product, Brittany Elmslie, missed out on the final because her heat time of 1:58.35 was not among the quickest two by Australians.

Mountain Creek's Kareena Lee did not make the 800m freestyle final on her heat time of 8:39.47.

She and the Coast's Chelsea Gubecka will tackle Monday's 10km open-water event.

Thomas Fraser-Holmes won Australia's first gold of the meet in the 200m men's freestyle.


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