With eight weeks nonetheless to go earlier than the nationwide trials, rising star Sam Brief has left one other indelible mark on the Australian Swimming Championships.
- Sam Brief’s time within the 800m freestyle was the second quickest recorded on the earth this 12 months
- Cam McEvoy marked his return to the pool with victory within the 50m freestyle
- Kaylee McKeown recorded a shock win within the 200m breaststroke
The 19-year-old stormed to victory within the males’s 800m freestyle on Wednesday to finish the treble, after already securing the 400m and 1500m titles on the Gold Coast meet.
Simply as he impressed together with his 400m time when he went quicker than Australian all-time nice Grant Hackett earlier than posting a sub-15 within the 1500m, Brief’s profitable time of seven:42:96 secs within the 800m was the second quickest on the earth this 12 months.
Expectations will now be excessive for the Commonwealth Video games gold medallist with nonetheless two months to go earlier than the nationwide trials and greater than a 12 months out from the Paris Olympics.
Cameron McEvoy triumphed within the 50m freestyle in 22.11 forward of Thomas Nowakowski (22:17) and Flynn Southam (22:32).
It was a powerful return to racing for McEvoy, who took day without work submit Tokyo.
“Very blissful to win. Race clever it was good to get in there, have an in depth race and replicate the competitiveness of the 50 free,” the triple Olympian stated.
“An honest spot to be in seven-eight weeks out from trials, so I am very excited. I had a 12 months off after Tokyo, acquired again into it in October. I have never swum contemporary since coming again, however I’ve crushed the instances I did on the Olympics.”
Within the males’s 100m butterfly closing, Matt Temple (51.49) touched forward of Ben Armbruster (51.96) and Shaun Champion (52.01). Kyle Chalmers was fourth in 52.09 whereas Cody Simpson disillusioned in eighth spot in 53.48.
Different males’s winners have been Thomas Neill within the 200m Particular person Medley (1:58:99) and Bradley Woodward, who received the 100m backstroke in 54.66.
Olympic girls’s champion Ariarne Titmus received two from three of her pet occasions, taking out the 400m freestyle after already securing the 800m.
On Thursday she’s going to compete within the 200m freestyle.
“I prepare for all three equally, my coaching might be extra tailor-made to the 400 as a result of I want the 800 work as nicely, however I additionally cannot be a distance animal as a result of my 200 would fall off the again,” Titmus stated.
Younger gun Mollie O’Callaghan added one other gold to her medal haul, profitable the 50m backstroke in 27.42 after proudly owning the 100m freestyle on Monday night time.
Olympic gold medal backstroker Kaylee McKeown shocked all together with her win within the 200m breaststroke in 2:24:18 to go together with her 100m backstroke win.
The swimmer who adorned the Olympic stage in Tokyo with three gold medals, swimming backstroke, left the established specialist breaststrokers behind to clock an enormous private greatest and the eighth quickest time by an Australian.
“It’s only a actual enjoyable occasion for me and it was all about having no nerves and simply popping out and giving it an actual red-hot crack,” McKeown stated.
“And regardless of swimming underneath a heavy coaching load, it simply makes it all of the extra attention-grabbing … and looking out ahead to getting some good relaxation (earlier than Trials in June) and taper time, so I am trying ahead to that.”
The Australian group for the World Para Swimming Championships will likely be named on Thursday with the Australian Championships doubling as a variety occasion.