Day 1 Results, Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown, Paris Olympics Qualification, Highlights, News

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Australian superstar Ariarne Titmus sent a devastating message ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics with a brilliant start to the Australian swimming trials in Brisbane.

On Monday morning, Titmus recorded a time of 4:01.57 in the 400m freestyle, despite a delay at the end, just behind her heats time at last year’s world championships – where she went on to break the world record.

The Tassie-born star then painfully failed to extend her record in the final. She hovered half a second under the world record through the first 200 meters, extended her lead to about 0.7 seconds through 300, but then faded to barely miss 0.06 seconds with a 3:55.44.

It still proved that she is in the best shape of her career and is a clear contender for gold in two months.

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“It was a good little hit. I tried to set up the first three laps of my race and then I switched off,” she said after the heats.

“I just feel really excited. I usually split 4:01 during the international heats. It was quite tough, but to do it here on home soil when I don’t really have to go like that, I was quite surprised when I turned around to see that because I had really knocked out the second half of the race.”

Lani Pallister also qualified for the Olympics with a 4:02.27 in second place, more than two seconds under the qualifying time – as her mother, 1988 Olympian Janelle, watched.

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Kaylee McKeown was just half a second off the nine-year-old world record in the 200m individual medley, with both the young superstar (2:06.63) and exciting teenager Ella Ramsay (2:09.32) qualifying for the Games.

Two more Aussies made it in the 100m breaststroke, with Sam Williamson’s 58.80 bettering his brilliant breakthrough in the 58s from the heats, and Joshua Yong sneaking into his first Games after swimming just 0.01 seconds better than the qualifying time.

The legendary Emma McKeon became the first woman to qualify for the Australian team at the age of 30 since Lisa Curry in 1992, and was the only woman under the qualifying time at 56.85. Alex Perkins, second, swam a 57.10 in the heats but fell outside the requirement with a 57.33 in the final ahead of Brianna Throssell (57.42).

In a battle between the last two world champions in the 400m freestyle, Elijah Winnington (2022) defeated Sam Short (2023), 3:43.26 to 3:43.90, with both men safely qualifying for Paris.

Ariarne Titmus smiles after the women’s 400m freestyle during the 2024 Australian Swimming Trials at the Brisbane Aquatic Center on June 10, 2024 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

To qualify for the Olympic team, a swimmer must finish in the top two of their event’s A final and meet Swimming Australia’s qualifying time.

The event will be held at the Brisbane Aquatic Center and can be watched on Nine and 9Now, with the finals every evening from 7:30pm AEST.

The final team will be announced on Saturday evening.

Qualifying times (men/women)

50m freestyle: 21.88 / 24.67

100m freestyle: 48.06 / 53.61

200m freestyle: 1:45.97 / 1:56.49

400m freestyle: 3:45.43 / 4:04.98

800m freestyle: 7:45.80 / 8:22.20

1500m freestyle: 14:54.29 / 16:01.95

100m backstroke: 53.21 / 59.62

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200m backstroke: 1:57.28 / 2:09.74

100m breaststroke: 59.49 / 1:06.31

200m breaststroke: 2:09.50 / 2:23.91

100m butterfly: 51.17 / 57.17

200m butterfly: 1:54.97 / 2:07.72

200m individual medley: 1:57.23 / 2:10.62

400m individual medley: 4:12.50 / 4:38.53

World record times

50m freestyle: 20.91 / 23.61

100m freestyle: 46.80 / 51.71

200m freestyle: 1:42.00 / 1:52.85 (Mollie O’Callaghan)

400m freestyle: 3:40.07 / 3:55.38 (Ariarne Titmus)

800m freestyle: 7:32.12 / 8:04.79

1500m freestyle: 14:31.02 / 15:20.48

100m backstroke: 51.60 / 57.33 (Kaylee McKeown)

200m backstroke: 1:51.92 / 2:03.14 (Kaylee McKeown)

100m breaststroke: 56.88 / 1:04.13

200m breaststroke: 2:05.48 / 2:17.55

100m butterfly: 49.45 / 55.48

200m butterfly: 1:50.34 / 2:06.12

200m individual medley: 1:54.00 / 2:06.12

400m individual medley: 4:02.50 / 4:24.38

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