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Cody Simpson smashes personal best in Olympic trials but failed to advance in 100m freestyle event

Cody Simpson smashes personal best in Olympic trials but failed to advance in 100m freestyle event

Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions

Pop-star turned swimmer Cody Simpson has impressed in his first appearance at the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide, clocking a personal best in the 100-meter freestyle.

Simpson’s time of 50.22 was more than a second quicker than his previous best and left him a respectable 23rd out of 92 competitors.

As expected, Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers set the fastest time, 48.58 seconds, a quarter of a second quicker than his nearest rival, Western Australia’s Zac Incerti.

Simpson still has his favorite event, the 100-meter butterfly, to come later in the week.

Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of his Men’s 100 metre Freestyle heat during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 15, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

“I wanted to just get up and do something before the 100 ‘fly otherwise I would be waiting around all week,” Simpson said after his first taste of competition at the trials. “Just being around all these athletes … I love this, I really want to do this for a while.”

“My goal this meet would be to try to make that final in the 100 ‘fly, that would be nice As long as I’m improving, that’s all I can really ask for.”

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Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson before start of his Men’s 100 metre Freestyle heat during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 15, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson off the blocks in his Men’s 100 metre Freestyle heat during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 15, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson after winning his Men’s 100 metre Freestyle heat cheers o a fellow swimmer in the next heat during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 15, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)
Cody Simpson 2021 Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials Finals Sessions
Cody Simpson after winning his Men’s 100 metre Freestyle heat during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 15, 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 his Men’s 100 metre Freestyle heat during the Australian National Olympic Swimming Trials at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on June 15, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

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