Jasmine Greenwood's bronze return from World Para Swimming Championships

Jasmine Greenwood competes for Australia at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Photo: SWIMMING AUSTRALIA
Jasmine Greenwood competes for Australia at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Photo: SWIMMING AUSTRALIA

SUSSEX Inlet's Jasmine Greenwood has once again proven why she is one of the top swimming prospects in Australia, by excelling at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, held at the London Aquatics Centre.

The highlight of her September 9-15 meet came in the women's 100m butterfly S10, where she finished third in a personal best time of 1:07.69 - to claim the bronze medal.

At just 14 years of age, the Bay and Basin Amateur Swim Club product was Australia's youngest competitor, with this accomplishment marking her maiden world championships medal.

Leading for a good portion of the race, Greenwood was only 0.62 behind gold medallist Mikaela Jenkins (United States), who touched in 1:07.07 - with Italy's Alessia Scortechini (1:07.69) finishing second.

"It feels amazing, I wasn't expecting a medal," Greenwood said to Swimming Australia.

Jasmine Greenwood with her bronze medal. Photo: SWIMMING AUSTRALIA

Jasmine Greenwood with her bronze medal. Photo: SWIMMING AUSTRALIA

"A personal best is good and so to get a medal on top of that is just amazing.

"I knew I was in the mix but didn't know what place I had gotten, and then I looked at the board and was so just excited."

The Shoalhaven High School student opened her championships with sixth in the women's 50m freestyle S10 final - clocking a time of 28.97, which was 1.11 second behind Canadian winner Aurelie Rivard.

Next up for Greenwood was the women's 200m individual medley SM10, where she finished fourth (2:30.76) - just 3.76 seconds behind champion Chantalle Zijderveld, from the Netherlands.

Hours later, Greenwood joined on Grant Patterson, Ahmed Kelly and Rachael Watson in Australia's mixed 4x50m medley relay 20 points team finished eighth in the final in a time of 3:02.09.

Greenwood then swam a 1:02.30 to claim fifth in the women's 100m freestyle S10 final, with Rivard (59.83) winning in a championships record time.

The Bernie Regan Memorial Sports Trust grant recipient's final individual event was the women's 100m backstroke S10, where she finished fourth in 1:10.80.

Jasmine Greenwood competes for Australia at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Photo: SWIMMING AUSTRALIA

Jasmine Greenwood competes for Australia at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Photo: SWIMMING AUSTRALIA

In a close touch for podium places, the 14-year-old was only 0.11 seconds off a bronze medal - as the Dutch swimmer Lisa Kruger (1:09.22) claimed gold.

In the last event of the championships, Greenwood teamed up with Ella Jones, Tiffany Thomas Kane and Ellie Cole for the women's 4x100m freestyle 34 points.

In a gallant effort, the women recorded a 4:32.06 to place fifth overall.

At the conclusion of the event, Australia placed 17th on the medal table, with two gold, seven silver and 14 bronze.

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