Tommy Neill Breaks By way of With 1:57.74 Worlds-Worthy 200 IM



Whereas competing on evening 4 of the 2023 Australian World Championship Trials, Olympian Tommy Neill broke new floor within the males’s 200m IM.

Getting into this competitors, 21-year-old Neill’s lifetime finest within the 2IM rested on the 1:58.99 he produced final April to take the title on the non-selection Australian Nationwide Championships.

Flash ahead to as we speak, nonetheless, and the Rackley star fired off a head-turning time of 1:57.74 to hack off over one second en path to qualifying for subsequent month’s World Championships.

Neill led a trio of sub-2:00 swimmers this night, with 400m IM Olympic bronze medalist Brendon Smith scoring silver in 1:58.84 whereas William Petric put up 1:59.29 for bronze. Solely Neill, nabbed a Fukuoka-worthy time, nonetheless, matching the Swimming Australia-mandated QT of 1:57.74 precisely.

Neill now turns into Australia’s 4th-swiftest performer in historical past on this 2IM occasion.

High 5 Australian Males’s LCM 200 IM Performers

  1. Mitch Larkin – 1:55.72 2019
  2. Leith Brodie – 1:56.69 2009
  3. Daniel Tranter – 1:57.55 2013
  4. Tommy Neill – 1:57.74 2023
  5. Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 1:57.88 2014

Splits for Neill’s efficiency included 25.07/29.22 (54.29)/34.90/28.55. He led the race wire-to-wire, nonetheless, his breaststroke break up ranked because the fifth slowest of the sphere.

Publish-race, Neill mentioned, “I’m fairly stoked with that PB. Was attempting to be like somewhat frog there within the breaststroke. 3 out of the 4 legs are fairly good for the time being however I’ll work on the breaststroke. I can’t complain about representing an Australian workforce.”

Though Neill has dabbled on this 2IM prior to now, he’s traditionally had extra success within the freestyle occasions. On the 2020 Olympic Video games, he positioned ninth within the 200m free (1:45.74) and sixteenth within the 1500m free (15:04.65).

Final yr on the Brief Course World Championships Neill secured silver within the 400m free whereas additionally contributing to silvers within the males’s 4x100m and 4x200m free relays.

Tonight marks simply the third event through which Neill has been below 2:00 on this 2IM and it’s coming simply on the proper time. Previous prime 200m IM Aussie performer Mitch Larkin isn’t competing at these Trials, Thomas Fraser-Holmes has basically retired and Clyde Lewis is lacking in motion.

Neill nonetheless has some floor to make as much as compete with the likes of Duncan Scott of Nice Britain, Leon Marchand of France and Daiya Seto of Japan, all of whom are characteristically within the 1:55/1:56 territory. Nevertheless, the actual fact Neill has already entered new 1:57 territory with Fukuoka simply weeks away bodes effectively for Australia.


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