/ 18 June 2021

Just keep swimming

Musician-turned-elite-swimmer Cody Simpson didn’t make the Australian Olympic team, but he surprised everyone by smashing his personal best time to book a place in the final of the 100-metre butterfly at the trials. He came in last, going a fraction slower than in the heats, but said he gave it “everything I had”. The 35-strong swimming team was made last night at the end of the Olympic trials in Adelaide. Kaylee McKeown won the 200-metre backstroke final to add to her victories, coming in with the 4th fastest time in history. The 19yo has qualified in 3 events for next month’s Games and will also swim in at least 2 relays. Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell will compete at their 4th Olympic Games, joining Leisel Jones as the only Aussie swimmers to reach the milestone. And Ariarne Titmus broke her own Aussie record in the 800-metre freestyle final to book herself a 3rd swim next month in Tokyo. Speaking of… Tokyo’s state of emergency is set to be lifted, and a final call on whether to allow domestic spectators will be made later this month.

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