Susie O’Neill Scares Masters World File in First Race Since Sydney 2000 Olympics


Australian swimming legend Susie O’Neill visited Chandler Aquatic Centre in Brisbane for her first competitors because the Sydney 2000 Olympics and almost left with a brand new masters world document within the 50-meter butterfly on Saturday.

The eight-time Olympic medalist clocked a time of 28.95 within the 50 fly to qualify for the World Masters Championships later this summer time in Japan. Racing for the primary time in 23 years, the 49-year-old O’Neill was solely about half a second off of Erika Braun’s world document of 28.40 for the 45-49 age group.

O’Neill, who will quickly age up and switch 50 on August 2 — the primary day of the World Masters Championships — is greater than half a second below the world document of 28.95 for the 50-54 age group.

O’Neill, who now hosts the Nova 106.9 morning radio present Ash, Luttsy, and Susie, will make the journey to Japan subsequent month alongside together with her co-hosts. Ash Bradnam, David “Luttsy” Lutteral, and a listener named Kylie who gained a swim-off will be a part of O’Neill on a combined relay as a part of her fiftieth birthday celebrations.

“I used to be simply swimming for a little bit of enjoyable, as a part of my fiftieth birthday celebrations subsequent month,” O’Neill mentioned. “It’s my first butterfly race because the 200 butterfly in Sydney. Really it’s my first comp because the Sydney Olympics. I didn’t assume I’d ever be coming to a swim meet once more, and as soon as once more it’s affected all my weekend plans.”

In January, O’Neill mentioned in an interview that she units her alarm for 3:45 a.m. most mornings and swims 3 kilometers within the pool earlier than heading to the studio for her breakfast radio present.

O’Neill’s spectacular profession included two gold, 4 silver, and two bronze medals on the Olympics in addition to 4 world titles and 11 Commonwealth Video games golds. Australia’s “Madame Butterfly” is maybe greatest recognized for breaking the longest-standing world document in swimming historical past belonging to Mary T. Meagher with a 2:05.81 200 fly in 2000.


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