Kate Shortman of the United Kingdom creates history in the World Aquatics Championships.

Kate Shortman won Britain’s first artistic swimming medal at the World Aquatics Championships, taking bronze in the solo free final.

The 21-year-old, who won a European bronze medal in the tech duet with Izzy Thorpe last month, put up a fearless performance in Fukuoka, Japan.

She received 32.9000 points for difficulty, 86.8000 points for creative impression, and 133.1542 points for execution.

With a score of 219.9542, she finished 12 points ahead of Audrey Lamothe.

Yukiko Inui of Japan took gold, with Vasiliki Alexandri of Austria earning silver.

“I can’t even put it into words how excited I am,” Shortman remarked. “This is simply a crazy step in the right direction for the United Kingdom, hopefully putting us on the map a little more.”

“I just swam my heart out, thinking about staying precise, staying controlled, and not getting too excited about the prelims score – because I did well in that, I didn’t want to run away with it, I just wanted to control it, and I did the best I could.”

“I didn’t want to take too many chances; I know a few of the other soloists did, and it didn’t work out.” They’ve been particularly severe with base marks at this tournament – I wanted to perform my best, which meant no base marks.”

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