Gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania (centre), silver medalist Alia Atkinson of Jamaica (left) and bronze medalist Sarah Katsoulis of Australia during the women's 50 metres breaststroke awards ceremony of the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Istanbul. Photo: AP
Australia's men's 4x200m freestyle relay team won a silver medal and Sarah Katsoulis pocketed bronze on day two of the short course world swimming championships at Istanbul in Turkey, with American superstar Ryan Lochte bagging another gold.
The United States backed up their first-day victory in the 4x100m to make it a freestyle relay double in a time of 6mins 51.40secs.
The Australians touched home in 6:52.29, ahead of the German team in 6:53.22.
Team member Tommaso D'Orsogna, who also helped to win bronze on day one in the 4x100m freestyle relay, said the Australian swimming team did not perform as well as expected at the London Olympic Games.
"Now it is more about not dwelling on the past. We have taken plenty of steps to move forward. The way the team is structured, with all the young guys, has proven correct here.
"Relays sum up how a team is working. Our two medals from two relays show we are doing great,".
Robert Hurley who brought the Australians home said they had a small men's team in Turkey.
"Tommaso is the only one who went to the Olympics. We wanted to win a medal tonight and we got to push for gold which is great.
"Two relay medals is better than at the Olympics, so our men's team is stepping up again," said Hurley.
Commonwealth record holder Sarah Katsoulis of Australia took a bronze medal in the women's 50m breaststroke, won by 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutytes in a championship record 29.44s ahead of Jamaica's Alia Atkinson.
Katsoulis said she did not expect to win a medal.
"I just tried to go out and have a good race ... All the other girls were pretty fast in the semi-finals, where a few went under 30 seconds. This was the quickest I have been in quite a while."
In the women's 100m backstroke final, Australia's Rachel Goh missed out on a bronze medal by 13 hundredths of a second, finishing fourth behind American Olivia Smoliga, Mie Oestergaard Nielsen of Denmark and Czech Simona Baumrtova. Fellow Australian Grace Loh touched for sixth place.