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.
“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.”