Popstar turned swimmer Cody Simpson missed out on making Australia’s Tokyo Olympic team Thursday, but now has his sights set on Paris in 2024.
Previously a talented junior swimmer, the 24-year-old put his music career on hold and returned to the sport last year.
Simpson finished last in tonight’s men’s 100-metre butterfly final at the Australian Olympic swimming trials.
The final was claimed by Matt Temple in an Australian record, the 21-year-old posting 50.45 seconds to eclipse the 50.85 seconds registered by Andrew Lauterstein in 2009. David Morgan will join Temple on the Australian Olympic team for the 100-metre butterfly after finishing second in 51.67.
“To be in that final, that is my achievement for this year, that is my gold medal at least for 2021,” Simpson said. “I didn’t expect to be remotely competitive until 2022-23 at the earliest.”
Simpson was a talented junior swimmer who put aside his sporting exploits to move into the American music market, and he succeeded.
Simpson has previously stated that his main goal is to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris but admitted he was “stoked” to have done so well at this year’s trials in Adelaide.