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Highlights from the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in Brisbane

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The Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in Brisbane saw Ariarne Titmus come close to breaking her own 400m freestyle world record by just 0.06 seconds, securing her ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics. Despite narrowly missing out on the record, Titmus expressed excitement about her performance and the opportunity to try new strategies in Paris without the pressure of qualifying times at the trials. Lani Pallister, emotional after securing her spot on the Olympic team, shared her journey from quitting swimming three years ago to realizing her dream of competing in the Olympics.

The trials also witnessed outstanding performances by swimmers like Kaylee McKeown, who set a new Commonwealth Record in the 200m medley, and Sam Williamson, who dominated the 100m breaststroke with impressive times. Emma McKeon, Australia's most decorated Olympic swimmer, showcased her talent by winning the 100m butterfly event, easing the pressure by securing her qualification for Paris. The night ended with a thrilling head-to-head race between Sam Short and Elijah Winnington, with Winnington emerging victorious by a slim margin.

Additionally, Lakeisha Patterson, Brenden Hall, Ruby Storm, and Jack Ireland excelled in their respective multiclass freestyle events at the trials. While these wins were crucial achievements, meeting the qualification time was highlighted as essential for potential Paralympic team selection. The trials highlighted the depth of talent in Australian swimming, with a mix of experienced champions and emerging talents securing their places at the upcoming Olympics in Paris.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09