Cody Simpson fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, vows to return in 3 years for Paris Olympics

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Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Cody Simpson after finishing the Men's 200 metre Butterfly final during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

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.

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Cody Simpson competes in a men's 100m butterfly heat on the last day of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 17, 2021. (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Check out more photos of Cody Simpson at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials

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Cody Simpson competes in a men's 100m butterfly heat on the last day of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 17, 2021. (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Cody Simpson leaves the pool after competing in a men's 100m butterfly heat on the last day of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 17, 2021. (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Cody Simpson leaves the pool after competing in a men's 100m butterfly heat on the last day of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 17, 2021. (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of the Men's 100 metre Butterfly final during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of the Men's 100 metre Butterfly final during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of the Men's 100 metre Butterfly final during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of the Men's 100 metre Butterfly final during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of the Men's 100 metre Butterfly final during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

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