Mitch Larkin won a silver medal.
Mitch Larkin won a silver medal. DAVE HUNT

RIO 2016: Major shocks in the pool for Australia

SWIMMING: Australia had a horror night in the pool at the Rio Olympics with disappointing results for some of the swim team's biggest names.

Medal favourites Bronte and Cate Campbell failed to make the podium, as they slipped back to fourth and sixth place respectively in the 100m freestyle. 

Meanwhile Taylor McKeown failed to medal in her final and Cameron McEvoy and Emily Seebohm failed to reach the final in their respective races.

American Simone Manuel and Canadian Penny Oleksiak both claimed gold medals with a dead-heat finish in the women's 100m freestyle.

Queenslander Mitch Larkin finished second in the 200m backstroke to give Australia a silver lining.

Larkin, a dual world champion from last year, led for 300m but was overhauled by America's Ryan Murphy who took gold.

Russian Evgeny Rylov took the bronze.

"To come away with a silver, I'm pretty happy," said Larkin, who finished an agonising fourth in the 100m backstroke earlier in the meet.

"There is always that disappointment and it will always be there, but for me I guess the silver lining is the learning curve that comes with it and that is just handling that pressure.

"I knew it would be a back end race, I sort of had a lot of easy speed through that 100, sort of felt that I was a little bit clear and then thought, oh god, hopefully I haven't gone to early.

"For me it was about kicking those legs with 50 metres to go and waiting for those flags and seeing what happens and I'm pretty happy to be honest."

McKeown earlier missed out on a medal after finishing fifth in the 200m breastroke final for women.

The 21-year-old in her first Olympic Games had qualified fastest for the final.

The gold medal went to Japan's Rie Kaneto in 2:20.30, silver to Russia's Yulia Efimova in 2:21.97 with Shi Jinglin from China rounding out the top three in 2:22.28.

McEvoy's poor Games continued after he failed to qualify for the 50m freestyle final.

McEvoy finished seventh in Friday morning's semi-final ending up with the 11th-fastest time - 21.89 seconds.

Larkin's partner Seebohm's poor form has gone on after she failed to qualify for the 200m backstroke final.

Seebohm was one of the favourites for gold but finished sixth in her heat Thursday morning after finishing seventh in the 100m backstroke.

Fellow Aussie Belinda Hocking did qualify for Saturday's final with a third-place and fifth quickest in her semi.

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