Day 2 Finals Reside Recap



We’re in for a high-octane set of finals on day two of the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials. The boys’s 100m again, girls’s 100m breast, males’s 200m free, girls’s 100m again and males’s 50m fly are all on the agenda as racers purpose to qualify for subsequent month’s World Championships in Fukuoka.

We’ll see Kaylee McKeown carry her momentum from a 200m IM victory into the ladies’s 100m again in opposition to the likes of fellow Olympian Mollie O’Callaghan. Third-seeded Madi Wilson has dropped the occasion.

As for the 200m free, Kyle Chalmers claimed the highest seed out of the heats, however he has pulled out of the ultimate. That paves the way in which for 400m free silver medalist right here Elijah Winnington to make a run on the gold. Nonetheless, Chalmers’ morning time of 1:46.97 more than likely laid his marker for a spot on the 4x200m free relay.

Cameron McEvoy continued to show he’s coming again to type with a swift morning outing within the males’s 50m fly; nonetheless, Commonwealth Video games racer Cody Simpson will look to beat him to the wall within the quick and livid race. Of be aware, Ben Armbruster, the All Comers File holder was lacking from this morning’s heats.

Keep tuned and refresh for reside updates because the motion unfolds.


  • World File: 51.60, Thomas Ceccon (2022)
  • Commonwealth File: 52.11, Mitch Larkin (2015)
  • Australian File: 52.11, Mitch Larkin (2015)
  • All Comers File: 52.38, Mitch Larkin (2019)
  • Swimming Australia QT: 53.00
  • World Aquatics ‘A’ Lower: 54.03

GOLD – Isaac Cooper 53.46
SILVER – Bradley Woodward 53.85

BRONZE – Josh Edwards-Smith 54.52

19-year-old Isaac Cooper punched a successful results of 53.46 to take this males’s 100m again, clocking his quickest time in 15 months. This was after technical difficulties this morning which delayed the heats by about half-hour. Cooper mentioned post-race he appears to have ‘a magnetism’ for technical difficulties.

Within the 50m again ultimately 12 months’s Quick Course World Championships, Cooper was the highest seed headed into finals and initially swam the quickest time within the last earlier than a re-swim was referred to as for as a consequence of a beginning error. Within the re-swim, Cooper positioned 2nd.

Cooper’s lifetime finest on this occasion rests on the 53.43 he notched in Tokyo so the teenager was simply .03 exterior of that mark. Sadly, he wanted to nail a minimum of 53.00 to make the grade for Fukuoka. Nonetheless, the Aussies will want a backstroke for the medley relay, subsequently, Cooper will more than likely get a nod.

Runner-up standing went to Bradley Woodward who produced 53.85 whereas Josh Edwards-Smith bagged bronze in 54.52.


  • World File: 1:04.13, Lilly King (2017)
  • Commonwealth File: 1:04.82, Tatjana Schoenmaker (2021)
  • Australian File: 1:05.09, Leisel Jones (2006)
  • All Comers File: 1:05.09, Leisel Jones (2006)
  • Swimming Australia QT: 1:06.40
  • World Aquatics ‘A’ Lower: 1:07.35

GOLD – Abbey Harkin 1:07.20
SILVER – Mikayla Smith 1:07.94

BRONZE – Talara-Jade Dixon 1:08.64

Sadly for the Aussies, they’re nonetheless lacking a deadly breaststroker to make a dent each individually and within the medley relay. As a refresher, Jenna Strauch and Chelsea Hodges each should not swimming right here as a consequence of accidents.

However, 25-year-old Abbey Harkin acquired to the wall first, producing a successful effort of 1:07.20. She represented considered one of two swimmers to dip below 1:08, joined by Griffith College’s Mikayla Smith who touched in 1:07.94. Talara-Jade Dixon wrapped up the highest 3 in 1:08.64.

Harkin nabbed the Aussie nationwide title in April in a time of 1:07.77 so she knocked over half a second off of that to take the gold right here. Nonetheless, Swimming Australia set the QT at a stiff 1:06.40. With Harkin proudly owning a PB of 1:06.88, that reduce would have taken a monster swim to fulfill.

This nonetheless leaves the query as to who might probably swim the breaststroke leg on the ladies’s medley relay in Fukuoka and even in Paris. We took a have a look at just a few of the choices in our evaluation right here.


  • World File: 1:42.00, Paul Biedermann (2009)
  • Commonwealth File: 1:44.06, Ian Thorpe (2001)
  • Australian File: 1:44.06, Ian Thorpe (2001)
  • All Comers File: 1:43.86, Michael Phelps (2007)
  • Swimming Australia QT: 1:46.06
  • World Aquatics ‘A’ Lower: 1:47.06

GOLD – Kai Taylor 1:46.25
SILVER – Alex Graham 1:46.68

BRONZE – Tommy Neill 1:46.85

What a race from 19-year-old Kai Taylor. The St. Peters Western standout solely made it into this last because of the reality Kyle Chalmers, the highest seed out of the morning heats, pulled out of the race.

Taylor attacked the race from lane 8, main from begin to end, opening in 51.56 and shutting in 54.69, to seize the gold in a last time of 1:46.25. That sliced .40 off his best-ever efficiency of 1:46.65 which rendered him the Aussie nationwide champion final April.

Taylor held off a discipline nipping at his heels, with Alex Graham snagging silver in 1:46.68 and Tommy Neill incomes bronze in 1:46.85.

The rest of the pack included final night time’s 400m free silver medalist Elijah Winnington producing 4th place 1:46.85 and 18-year-old Flynn Southam clocking 1:47.11 for fifth. Brendon Smith, the 400m IM Olympic bronze medalist, was sixth in 1:47.20.

Put up-race, Dean Boxall-trained Taylor mentioned, “It feels actually good. I used to be disillusioned after this morning. Luckily, Kyle pulled out. I stayed calm and did my factor.”


GOLD – Kaylee McKeown 57.50
SILVER – Mollie O’Callaghan 58.42

BRONZE – Iona Anderson 1:00.05

21-year-old Kaylee McKeown ripped the Third finest 100m again efficiency of her life to hit a time of 57.50. That fell simply .05 exterior her personal World File of 57.45 produced on the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials.

McKeown opened in 28.27 and closed in 29.23 to bust out the 57.50 to simply qualify for the World Championships, changing into the #1 performer on this planet within the course of.

Kaylee McKeown‘s Prime 5 LCM 100 Again Performances

  1. 57.45 2021
  2. 57.47 2020
  3. 57.50 2023
  4. 57.63 2021
  5. 57.84 2023

Olympic medalist Mollie O’Callaghan additionally nailed an excellent swim, registering a mark of 58.42 for silver right here, making her approach to Fukuoka within the course of. That matched the precise time and private finest the St. Peters Western star logged for silver behind McKeown at this 12 months’s Australian Nationwide Championships.

McKeown now ranks #1 on this planet on the season whereas MOC checks in because the Third swiftest.

2 Regan
USA 57.83 06/03
3 Mollie
AUS 58.42 06/14
4 Ingrid
CAN 58.80 03/28
5 Katharine
USA 58.83 04/14

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  • World File: 22.27, Andriy Govorov (2018)
  • Commonwealth File: 22.73, Matt Targett (2009)
  • Australian File: 22.73, Matt Targett (2009)
  • All Comers File: 23.05, Ben Armbruster (2023)




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