2021 SYDNEY OPEN
- Thursday, May 13th – Sunday, May 16th
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Heats at 6pm local; Finals at 9am local
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Topping the men’s 50m backstroke podium this morning at the 2021 Sydney Open, 17-year-old Isaac Cooper rocked the fastest time of his career in 24.69. That not only edged out visiting New Zealander Andrew Jeffcoat, who touched in 25.05, but the outing overtook Cooper’s previous personal best of 25.27 from just last December.
Cooper, at just 17, has now become Australia’s 3rd fastest 50m backstroke of all-time, sitting only behind national record holder Ben Treffers and Mitch Larkin, who own the top times of 24.54 and 24.62, respectively. Prior to this morning’s swim, Cooper’s 25.27 ranked him as Australia’s 11th fastest performer today.
However, with Cooper’s 24.69 outing this morning, the teen now becomes just the 8th Aussie ever to dip under the 25-second barrier in the event.
The Queenslander now ranks 4th in the world with his big-time swim, with additional events on the schedule for this meet that runs through Sunday.