2021 Australian Olympic Trials – Day 5 Finals Live Recap


It’s the penultimate day of swimming at the Australian Olympic and Paralympic trials. Tonight’s slate of events features the men’s 200 IM,  women’s and men’s multiclass 50 butterfly, women’s and men’s multiclass 100 backstroke, women’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 200 backstroke, and the session will end with the women’s 100 freestyle.

The strength of the Australian women will be on full display tonight in the 100 freestyle. This morning saw four women under the qualifying time of 53.31. The quartet was led by Emma McKeon, who tested Cate Campbell‘s Australian record of 52.03, by swimming a world-leading time of 52.19. McKeon is followed by Campbell (52.78), Madison Wilson (53.06), and Meg Harris (53.23). Behind those four, eyes will be on Bronte Campbell who swam 53.35 this morning and Mollie O’Callaghan at 53.57 to see if they can move up in the rankings

Australian record holder Mitch Larkin was the only male under 2:00 this morning in the 200 IM at 1:59.21. He needs to drop 1.23 in finals to dip under the qualifying time of 1:57.98.Qualifying behind Larkin are Se-Bom Lee at 2:01.54 and Brendon Smith at 2:01.98. Both Smith and Lee have already qualified for Tokyo in the 400 IM on the first night of competition where Smith set a new Australian record.

Jenna Strauch leads the field in the 200 breaststroke. Her prelims swim of 2:25.24 is over two seconds faster than the second qualifier, Abbey Harkin at 2:27.49. Both came into the meet seeded at 2:24 and will be chasing the qualifying time of 2:24.18.

Larkin, who also holds the Australian record in the 200 backstroke, has opted to focus on the 200 IM leaving the door open for the field. This morning saw four men swim under 2:00. Ty Hartwell leads the field by over a second in 1:57.51. Tristan Hollard is second at 1:58.79 with Travis Mahoney just behind at 1:58.82. Joshua Edwards-Smith was the last man under 2:00 with his 1:59.37. The qualifying time of 1:57.26 is well within Hartwell’s sights while the other swimmers will need to drop over 1.5 seconds tonight to meet that time. Hartwell was initially disqualified for movement on the start but was reinstated after an appeal.

The qualifying criteria for Tokyo are not quite as black and white as other countries, but swimmers will need to finish in the top two tonight whilst swimming under the Australian Olympic Qualifying Time (equal to 8th place at the 2019 World Championships) to earn an individual spot. For relay consideration, swimmers need to swim in the A-final of the respective event.

The Multi-Class swimmers do not automatically qualify to the Paralympic Games. Australia has a roster cap of 32 swimmers and can only take 17 men and 15 women to Tokyo.


  • World: 1:54.00 28-Jul-11 Ryan Lochte, USA
  • Commonwealth: C 1:55.72 12-Jun-19 Mitch Larkin, AUS
  • Australian: A 1:55.72 12-Jun-19 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • All Comer: 1:54.98 29-Mar-07 Michael Phelps, USA
  • World Junior Record: 1:56.99 19-May-21 Hubert Kos, HUN
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.66
  • OQT: Q 1:57.98


  1. Mitch Larkin – 1:56.29
  2. Brendon Smith – 1:58.82
  3. Se-Bom Lee – 2:00.36

Se-Bom Lee was quick off the blocks but Mitch Larkin moved ahead over the butterfly leg and turned first 50 in 25.22. Larkin used his backstroke strength to extended his lead to a body length, turning halfway at 54.01 followed by Lee at 55.63. Halfway the race, Lee and Brendon Smith were racing for second place. The two were stroke-for-stroke on the breaststroke led with Smith turning at the 150 with a .06 lead ahead of Lee. Larkin would go on to finish in 1:56.29 followed by Smith in 1:58.82.

Larkin improved upon his season-best time and holds his position as the third fastest person in the world this year. Australia has never won a medal in the men’s 200 IM and Larkin will have a chance to end that drought in Tokyo.



Podium (points):

  1. Katja Dadekind – 939
  2. Jasmine Greenwood – 848
  3. Ellie Cole – 834

The Paralympic athletes have already had more swimmers put in qualifying times than there are available spots for Tokyo. Swimmers will need to be closest to the world record in their respective event to earn a spot. Katja Dedekind swam an Australian record in the S13 classification of 1:07.16. Joining Dadekind with a qualifying time is Jasmine Greenwood in 1:09.58. Greenwood dropped .13 seconds from her prelims swim.


Podium (points):

  1. Benjamin Hance – 1091
  2. Timothy Hodge – 953
  3. Ricky Betar – 915

Eyes were on Benjamin Hance in lane 4 as he challenged the world record in the S14 classification. Hance turned at the 50 in 27.46, right on world-record pace. He would hold his pace and keep his stroke rate over the second 50 to finish in 57.56. Hance crushes the previous world record of 58.05. Timothy Hodge, Ricky Betar, and Jesse Aungles all put up qualifying times in their classification. Jacob Templeton, who had swum a qualifying time, was disqualified.


Podium (points):

  1. Tahlia Blanshard – 806

Tahlia Blanshard was the lone competitor in this event as she was chasing the qualification time of 36.23 after swimming a 37.06 this morning. Blanshard held fast over the last ten meters and would finish with a new personal best of 36.33.


Podium (points):

  1. Joel Mundie – 611
  2. Henrik Korgius – 338

There were two swimmers in the men’s 50 fly event, Joel Mundie and Henrik Krogius from Finland. Mundie’s time of 33.48 was a significant drop from his 34.13 in prelims but well off the qualifying time of 30.06. Krogius’s time of 45.26 was a .04 drop from this morning.


  • World: 2:19.11 01-Aug-13 Rikke Pedersen, DEN
  • Commonwealth: C 2:20.12 30-Jul-09 Annamay Pierse, CAN
  • Australian: A 2:20.54 01-Feb-00 Leisel Jones, Commercial
  • All Comer: 2:20.04 06-Feb-16 Rie Kaneto, JPN
  • World Junior Record: 2:19.64 30-Aug-15 Viktoriya Gunes, TUR
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Rie Kaneto (JAP) – 2:20.30
  • OQT: Q 2:24.18


  1. Jenna Strauch – 2:23.12
  2. Abbey Harkin – 2:23.59
  3. Tessa Wallace – 2:24.86

The field was tight over the first 50 as Tessa Wallace in lane 8 held the early lead at 32.92. Jenna Strauch would use her long strokes to take the lead over the second 50 with Wallace right behind her. Strauch turned at the 100 in 1:09.11 with Wallace at 1:09.38. Over the third 50, Strauch would continue to lead as Abbey Harkin moved up challenge Wallace. With 25 meters left in the race,  Strauch, Harkin, and Wallace were all ahead of qualifying pace. Strauch would take the win in 2:23.12 followed by Harkin at 2:23.59 as both swimmers were well under the qualifying time. Wallace faded over the last 15 meters to finish in 2:24.86

Strauch and Harkin both put up best times. Strauch’s previous best was 2:24.49 from March of this year and Harkin’s best was 2:24.27 from April.


  • World: 1:51.92 31/07/2009 Aaron Peirsol, USA
  • Commonwealth: 1:53.17 7/11/2015 Mitch Larkin, AUS
  • Australian: 1:53.17 7/11/2015 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • All Comer: 1:53.72 15/12/2015 Mitch Larkin, SPW
  • World Junior Record: 1:55.15 28/07/2017 Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 1:53.62
  • OQT: 1:57.26


  1. Tristan Hollard – 1:56.44
  2. Ty Hartwell – 1:57.45
  3. Travis Mahoney – 1:58.06

On the start all swimmers kicked-out to nearly 15 meters. Bradley Woodward was the early leader, turning at the 50 in 27.55. On the second 50, Ty Hartwell and Tristan Howell moved up on the field. At the 100 meter mark, Woodward continued to lead at 27.22 followed by Hartwell at 57.29 and Hartwell at 57.40. Heading into the third turn there was a spread of four swimmers led by Hartwell at 1:57.14. Hollard had a phenomenal final turn and used upwards of nine dolphin kicks to move ahead of Hartwell. Hollard would hold on to the lead as he finished under the qualifying time and just off his best of 1:56.40.


  • World: 51.71 23/07/2017 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
  • Commonwealth: 52.03 10/08/2018 Cate Campbell, AUS
  • Australian: 52.03 10/08/2018 Cate Campbell, Chandler
  • All Comer: 52.06 2/07/2016 Cate Campbell, Chandler
  • World Junior Record: 52.70 11/08/2016 Penny Oleksiak, CAN
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Simone Manuel (USA), Penny Oleksiak (CAN) – 52.70
  • OQT: 53.31


  1. Emma McKeon – 52.35
  2. Cate Campbell – 52.59
  3. Madison Wilson – 52.76
  4. Meg Harris – 52.92

McKeon was the first to surface after the start followed by Cate Campbell. McKeon continued to lead as she turned at the 50 in 24.90, a hair quicker than her 24.95 from this morning. Campbell was right behind McKeon as she turned in 24.95. McKeon and Campbell would battle over the second 50 with both ahead of world-record pace at the 75 meter mark. McKeon would hold on to win in 52.35 followed by Campbell in 52.59, and Wilson in 52.76. Campbell’s finish qualifies her for her fourth Olympic games.

In her post-race interview, Campbell spoke about the depth of the Australian women in this event. She asked everyone to look at the scoreboard saying “that is a world class scoreboard in a country of 23 million people.” The world record of 3:30.05 for the women’s 400 freestyle relay will be on notice in Tokyo. Overall, the top six finishers in the 100 freestyle all swam faster than the qualifying time of 53.31, which is set as the 8th place time from prelims at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

McKeon’s time of 52.19 from this morning vaults her to the top of the world rankings this season. Factoring in the swims from tonight, Australia now holds four of the top five fastest spots in this season’s rankings.

2020-2021 LCM WOMEN 100 FREE


AUS 52.46 12/14
CHN 52.90 09/27
NED 53.05 05/22
NED 53.13 04/10

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4 months ago

First event hasn’t even started but I’m eager to see the last event.

M d e
Reply to  Oceanian
4 months ago

WR could go tonight.

4 months ago

Ty Hartwell has been reinstated and is the top seed in the 200 back now

4 months ago

Can Mitch go under 1.56
That’s the real time we are seeking

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Stephen
4 months ago

Don’t think he will based on his 100 back time.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Stephen
4 months ago

Close 🙂

4 months ago

Excited for the women’s 100. Feel like a win and new AR to McKeon could be good for both her and C1 going into Tokyo.

4 months ago

I’m also happy about Harris & O’Callaghan. With C1 & C2 approaching the finish line of their careers, great to have two teenagers heading to 52-land.

Reply to  Oceanian
4 months ago

Problem for the rest of the world, if one of these kids do a 52.5

Reply to  Stephen
4 months ago

Not sure they are ready for that yet, though Harris might scrape under 53 tonight. But next year and beyond promises much. Unless they turn into a new Yolane K anyway.

Last edited 4 months ago by Oceanian
4 months ago

Each night I’ve been saying, giving me 5% more than my expectations. And the swimmers have delivered. Fingers crossed again for tonight.

4 months ago

One of my comments ‘awaiting approval’ – why?

Hope it’s not because I used Yolane’s surname and the bot thinks it’s some kind of swear word?

Reply to  Oceanian
4 months ago

I had one earlier too, I re-read not sure what they saw about it. Oh well.

Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

I just said I wasn’t sure if the teenagers were ready for 52.5 yet but Harris could scrape under 53. I hoped they didn’t fade like a Yolane.

Reply to  Oceanian
4 months ago

No problem there , i had one as well yesterday

4 months ago

.3 off best in the world…very very solid

Reply to  Stephen
4 months ago

thats a seriously winning contender swim ahead of the final . Wow