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2021 OCEANIAN MALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: ZAC STUBBLETY-COOK (AUS)
For the third consecutive year, an Australian breaststroker has been awarded our Swammy for the Oceanian Male Swimmer of the Year. In 2019 and 2020, it was Matt Wilson, but this time around it’s Zac Stubblety-Cook‘s turn to take the spotlight.
The 22-year-old Stubblety-Cook wowed the world when he soared to the top of the men’s 200m breaststroke podium at this summer’s Olympic Games. The ace fired off a super quick time of 2:06.38 to establish a new Olympic Record en route to clocking the only result under the 2:07 threshold in the Tokyo final.
But his performance was not a one-off stunner. Just weeks earlier, ‘ZSC’ put the world on notice at the Australian Olympic Trials, posting a monster 2:06.28 to come within .16 of Russian Anton Chupkov’s world record.
That lifetime best wound up breaking the Aussie, All Comer, Oceanic and Commonwealth records while rendering the Chandler athlete as the second-fastest man of all time.
Stubblety-Cook had shown flashes of brilliance in the past, including winning bronze in the men’s 200 breast at the 2017 World Juniors and silver in the event at the 2018 Pan Pacs, and then finished just off the podium in fourth at his World Championship debut in 2019. But in 2021, he leveled up and staked his claim as one of the best male breaststrokers in the world.
Flash forward to the Queensland Championships just earlier this month and Stubblety-Cook did it again, logging an impressive post-Tokyo outing of 2:07.00. That ties his second-best performance ever, a time that still would’ve taken gold at the Games.
- Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – Chalmers once again landed on the men’s 100m freestyle podium at an Olympic Games, only instead of his gold from Rio it was silver this time in Tokyo. However, the 23-year-old Aussie, who underwent several heart surgeries and shoulder surgery since 2016, warriored on to produce a new World Record in the men’s short course meters 100 freestyle. While competing on the 2021 FINA World Cup circuit, the South Aussie scored an other-worldly 44.84 to overtake the longstanding 44.94 WR Frenchman Amaury Leveaux put on the books over a decade ago in 2008.
- 2021 Swammy – Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia
- 2020 Swammy – Matt Wilson, Australia
- 2019 Swammy – Matt Wilson, Australia
- 2018 Swammy — Kyle Chalmers, Australia
- 2017 Swammy — Mack Horton, Australia
- 2016 Swammy — Kyle Chalmers, Australia
- 2015 Swammy — Mitch Larkin, Australia
- 2014 Swammy — Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Australia
- 2013 Swammy — Christian Sprenger, Australia