2021 Australian Olympic Trials: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


It’s the primary day of competitors in Adelaide because the Australians will probably be deciding on their Olympic and Paralympic workforce for Tokyo. SwimSwam’s devoted Australian Trials channel has all the data on the meet that you just want. Subscribers of Amazon Prime can watch the occasion reside.

Tonight’s session will function the ladies’s 100 butterfly, males’s 400 IM, ladies’s 400 free (MC), males’s 400 free (MC), males’s 100 breast, ladies’s 400 IM, ladies’s 200 free (MC), males’s 200 free (MC), and the lads’s 400 free.

The qualifying standards for Tokyo just isn’t fairly as black and white as different international locations, however swimmers might want to end within the high two tonight whereas swimming underneath the Australian Olympic Qualifying Time (equal to eighth place on the 2019 World Championships) to earn a person spot. For relay consideration, swimmers have to swim within the A-final of the respective occasion.

This morning’s prelims session noticed solely 4 swimmers underneath the OQT. Emma McKeon led the way in which by posting a 56.82 within the 100 butterfly, practically two seconds forward of the second-best swimmer, Brianna Throssel. The lads’s 400 free is shaping as much as be an excellent race tonight as Elijah WinningtonThomas Neil, and Jack McLoughlin had been all underneath the OQT. Mack Horton, the defending Olympic champion within the 400 free, is seeded fourth. With such few swimmers underneath qualifying instances this morning, there will probably be stress on swimmers tonight to swim underneath the qualifying instances.

The lads’s 100 breaststroke will probably be one other race to observe as 5 swimmers are separated by .80 seconds. Zac Stubblety-Cook dinner is the highest seed at 1:00.05 and the lads might want to hit 59.21 to qualify for Tokyo.

Hold refreshing this web page for SwimSwam’s personal reside, event-by-event updates of all of the motion from the meet.

Ladies 100 Butterfly Finals

  • World Document: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48 (2016)
  • Australian Document: Emma McKeon – 56.18 (2017)
  • Commonwealth Document: Maggie MacNeil – 55.83 (2019)
  • World Junior Document: Claire Curzan (USA) – 56.20 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 57.10


  1. Emma McKeon – 55.93
  2. Brianna Throssel – 57.11
  3. Alexandria Perkins – 58.61

McKeon led from the beginning, turning on the 50 in 25.96, underneath world file tempo with practically a body-length lead. McKeon could be forward of world file tempo till about 10 meters left within the race and would contact in 55.93 for a brand new Australian file and the second quickest time on this planet this yr. Taking second was Brianna Throssel in 57.11, simply lacking the OQT by .01 seconds and off her better of 57.02 from 2019. Alexandria Perkins was third in 58.61, dropping from her prelims swim of 58.83.


USA 56.20 04/10
AUS 56.44 04/17
USA 56.69 04/10
SWE 56.73 04/09

Males 400 IM Finals

  • World Document: Michael Phelps – 4:03.84 (2008)
  • Australian Document: Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 4:10.14 (2013)
  • Commonwealth Document: Max Litchfield (GBR) – 4:09.62 (2017)
  • World Junior Document: Ilya Borodin (RUS) – 4:10.02 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Kosuke Hagino (JAP) – 4:06.05
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 4:15.24


  1. Brendon Smith – 4:10.04
  2. Se-Bom Lee – 4:14.16
  3. Kieren Pollard – 4:15.68

The Australians haven’t had an Olympic medalist on this occasion since 1984. Brendon Smith, the highest qualifier from the morning, led after the butterfly leg in 56.89 adopted by Se-Bom Lee. Smith would proceed to guide at 2:00.59 on the midway level adopted intently by Lee at 2:01.39. Each swimmers could be forward of the OQT after breaststroke. The query heading into the freestyle leg could be if Lee may maintain on to complete underneath the qualifying time. The reply could be sure as Smith would win with the second Australian file of the evening in 4:10.04 adopted by Lee in 4:14.16.

The Australians could have two swimmers in Tokyo within the 400 IM with an opportunity to finish their 37 yr medal drought. Smith’s time strikes him as much as fourth on this planet this yr. Lee dropped practically 5 seconds from his earlier better of 4:19.10 from two years in the past.


NZL 4:09.87 04/05
RUS 4:10.02 05/23
USA 4:11.13 05/20
ITA 4:11.17 05/23

Ladies 12&O 400 Free MC S6-s13 Prelims

Podium (by factors):

  1. Monique Murphy – 4:43.28
  2. Natalie Shaw – 4:45.02
  3. Lakeisha Patterson – 4:42.25

The qualification for the Paralympic occasions is predicated on factors and never essentially on instances. Swimmers earn factors primarily based on how shut they’re to the world file of their respective qualification. The swimmers have to be underneath the qualification time and the warmth options swimmers from completely different classifications with particular person qualification traces for every lane.

Lakeisha Patterson 4:42.25 and Ellie Cole 4:47.30 had been underneath the qualification time within the S9 classification. Patterson received the 400 free within the S8 classification on the 2016 Rio Paralympic video games with a world file time of 4:40.33. Cole has represented Australia on the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympics.

Males 12&O 400 Free MC S6-s13 Prelims

Podium (by factors):

  1. Brendan Corridor – 932
  2. Alex Tuckfield – 929
  3. Harrison Vig – 899

The Australians had 4 swimmers underneath qualifying instances. Tom Gallagher (S10) was preventing the qualifying line by way of the final 10 meters and touched underneath the qualifying time at 4:10.62. Within the S9 classification, Corridor (4:15.89), Tuckfield (4:16.13), and Vig (4:19.01) all swam quicker than the qualification time. Swimmers aren’t formally certified as there are a most of three swimmers per particular person occasion and a most of 17 swimmers total.

Males 100 Breaststroke Finals

  • World Document: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 (2019)
  • Australian Document: Brenton Rickard – 58.58 (2009)
  • Commonwealth Document: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 56.88 (2019)
  • World Junior Document: Nicolo Martinenghi (ITA) – 59.01 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Adam Peaty (GBR) – 57.13
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 59.21


  1. Zac Stubblety-Cook dinner – 59.69
  2. Daniel Cave – 59.99
  3. Jake Packard – 1:00.12

Matthew Wilson was fast off the blocks and staked the early lead. Wilson hit the 50 in 27.65 adopted by Packard (27.83) and Cave (27.96). Heading into the ultimate 25 meters, there was a pack of 4 swimmers battling to the end. Stubblety-Cook dinner, who was fifth on the 50 mark, would end first in 59.69. Cave took second in 59.99 and Packard was third in 1:00.12.

No swimmer was underneath the OQT that means the Australians won’t have a swimmer on this occasion in Tokyo. Stubblety-Cook dinner, who’s extra of a 200 breaststroke swimmer, did set a brand new greatest time, dropping .03 from earlier this yr.

Ladies 400 IM Finals

  • World Document: Katinka Hosszu – 4:26.36 (2016)
  • Australian Document: Stephanie Rice – 4:29.45 (2009)
  • Commonwealth Document: Stephanie Rice – 4:29.45 (2009)
  • World Junior Document: Yu Yiting (CHN) – 4:35.94 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu – 4:26.36
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 4:38.53


  1. Jenna Forrester – 3:39.93
  2. Meg Bailey – 4:40.18
  3. Emilie Muir – 4:44.82

The quickest qualifier this morning was Emilie Muir in 4:45.69, that means swimmers will want drop over seven seconds to qualify for Tokyo. Meg Bailey was the early chief as she was the quickest by way of the butterfly leg in 1:02.12.  Jenna Forrester would transfer forward on the backstroke, taking the lead at 2:14.04. Bailey would regain the lead on the breaststroke as she turned on the 300 mark in 3:34.20 and Forrester in 3:34.80. Bailey carried the lead by way of the 350 mark however would run out of fuel as Forrester handed her within the final 5 meters of the race to win in 3:39.93.

As was the case within the males’s 100 breaststroke, not one of the ladies within the 400 IM had been underneath the OQT of 4:38.53.

Ladies 12&O 200 Free MC S4, S5, S14


  1. Madeleine McTernan – 2:13.28
  2. Ruby Storm – 2:15.01
  3. Jade Lucy – 2:16.47

All swimmers are underneath the S14 classification and had been chasing the OQT of two:07.78. McTernan was the chief from begin to end, dropping over two seconds from her prelims time to complete first in 2:13.28. Storm dropped over a second from her prelims swim of two:15.01 and Lucy dropped over two seconds from her 2:18.63 this morning.

Males 12&O 200 Free MC S4, S5, S14


  1. Liam Schulter – 1:54.46
  2. Ricky Betar – 1:55.53
  3. Jack Eire – 1:58.92

The lads’s race was a good one as Liam Schulter and Ricky Betar had been inside half a second of one another by way of the 150 meter mark. Schulter would pull forward over the past 50 to complete in 1:54.46. Becoming a member of him underneath the qualifying time of 1:56.57 was Betar in 1:55.53.

Males 400 Free

  • World Document: Paul Biederman (GER) – 3:40.07 (2009)
  • Australian Document: Ian Thorpe (AUS) – 3:40.08 (2002)
  • Commonwealth Document: Ian Thorpe (AUS) – 3:40.08 (2002)
  • World Junior Document: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3:44.60 (2014)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Mack Horton (AUS) – 3:41.55
  • Olympic Qualifying Time: 3:46.34


  1. Elijah Winnington – 3:42.65
  2. Jack McLoughlin – 3:43.27
  3. Mack Horton – 3:43.92

The final occasion of tonight options three swimmers who had been underneath the OQT this morning in addition to the defending Olympic champion within the occasion. Elijah Winnington led a pack of 5 swimmers that had been underneath WR by way of the primary 100 at 53.49. On the 200 mark, Winnington continued to prepared the ground at 1:50.36. Horton made his transfer over the fifth 50, transferring as much as second on the 250 meter mark. Heading into the final 100, 4 swimmers had been inside .50 seconds of one another. Winnington would discover one other gear on the seventh 50, transferring again in entrance with a .60 second lead. He’d proceed to extend his stroke charge to tug away to complete in first in 3:42.65. Becoming a member of him in Tokyo will probably be Jack McLoughlin, who completed second in 3:43.27. Mack Horton won’t have an opportunity to defend his gold medal from Rio as he completed in third place.

Winnington, dropped over a second from his earlier greatest whereas McLoughlin dropped practically a second. Each swimmers proceed to guide the world rankings within the 400 free.


AUS 3:44.24 12/14
GER 3:44.35 04/10
AUT 3:44.51 04/08
ITA 3:44.65 03/31


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