Jenna Forrester delivers Australia record medal haul at Fukuoka world championships

Jenna Forrester's medley bronze medal has given Australia a record total haul at a world titles.

Jenna Forrester's medley bronze medal has given Australia a record total haul at a world titles. Photo: AP

Jenna Forrester’s bronze in the 400 metres individual medley has delivered Australia a record medal haul at a world swimming championships.

Forrester followed Shayna Jack’s silver in the women’s 50 metres freestyle and Sam Short’s bronze in the men’s 1500 metres freestyle on Sunday night in Japan.

The victory for Forrester took Australia’s haul in Fukuoka to 23 medals, eclipsing the nation’s previous best world championships return at the 2003 and 2005 editions.

Australia is guaranteed to top the gold medal tally, with 13, at the end of Sunday night’s closing session in Fukuoka.

The country has also collected six silver and four bronze medals.

Forrester clocked four minutes 32.20 seconds in her medley final to finish behind Canada’s world record holder Summer McIntosh (4:27.11) and American Katie Grimes (4:31.41).

Earlier, Jack took the 50 metres silver in a medal race won by Sweden’s world record holder Sarah Sjoestroem.

Sjoestroem, who set a world record of 23.61 seconds in her Saturday semi-final on Saturday, won gold in 23.62 followed by Jack (24.10), with Australia’s Emma McKeon (24.35) fifth.

Short captured the bronze in the men’s 1500 metres freestyle to complete his medal set in Fukuoka.

He won Australia’s first gold medal of the titles a week ago in the 400 metres freestyle, and silver in the 800 metres freestyle.

In the 1500 metres medal race, the 19-year-old issued a gallant early challenge to lead for the initial 950 metres.

But Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui and American Bobby Finke reeled in the Australian, who finished third in 14 minutes 37.28 seconds.

Hafnaoui (14:31.54) held off Finke (14:31.59) in a last-lap dash to win gold.

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