2024 Australian Open Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2024 AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

As a reminder, this Australian Open Championships competition is not an Olympic qualification event. We have listed the Australian Olympic qualification times just as a point of reference for what athletes will need to accomplish when Paris 2024 bids are on the line in June.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE — FINAL

  • World Record — 46.80, Pan Zhanle (2024)
  • Australian Record — 47.04, Cameron McEvoy (2016)
  • Commonwealth Record — 47.04, Cameron McEvoy (2016)
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 48.06

GOLD – Kyle Chalmers, 47.63
SILVER – William Yang, 48.20
BRONZE – Kai Taylor, 48.69

Right off the bat we were treated to a monster in-season performance from 24-year-old Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers.

Racing in the men’s 100m free, Chalmers of St. Andrew’s busted out a head-turning time of 47.63 to get to the wall first.

Splitting 22.91/24.72, Chalmers produced the sole time of the field under the 48-second threshold. Behind him was 25-year-old William Yang who clocked 48.20 as the silver medalist. St. Peters Western 20-year-old Kai Taylor also landed on the podium in 48.69 for bronze.

Chalmers’ outing easily overtook his previous season-best time entering this competition of 48.15 from the Japan Open. He already beat that in the morning heats here with a strong 48.08 to land lane 4.

He now ranks 4th in the world in his debut since changing coaches. It’s still strange to see ‘t. Andrew’s next to the speedster’s name as opposed to Marion. You can read more about Chalmers’ having to move coaches here.

Chalmers already nailed times of 21.98 in the 50m free and 23.10 in the 50m fly, both representing the South Aussie’s career-quickest results.

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Free

ZhanleCHN
PAN
02/11
WR 46.80
2Chris
GIULIANO
USA47.4902/25
3Josh
LIENDO
CAN47.5505/16
4Alessandro
MIRESSI
ITA47.6111/30
5Kyle
CHALMERS
AUS47.6304/20
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Not to be overlooked was Yang’s runner-up mark of 48.20, a new personal bet for the SOSC swimmer who had to drop out of the World Championships season last year due to undergoing back surgery.

Yang split 22.34/24.86 to undercut his previous PB of 48.38 put up at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He’s now the 12th-quickest Australian man in history.

The rest of the field finished as follows:

4th – Jamie Jack, 48.94; 5th – Flynn Southam, 48.96; 6th – Zac Incerti, 49.19; 7th – Carter Swift – 49.69; 8th – Jack Cartwright, 49.39; 9th – Cody Simpson, 49.69; 10th – Maximillian Giuliani, 49.74

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE – FINAL

  • World Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (2023)
  • Australian Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (2023)
  • Commonwealth Record – 1:52.85, Mollie O’Callaghan (2023)
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:56.59

GOLD – Mollie O’Callaghan, 1:53.57
SILVER – Ariarne Titmus, 1:55.38
BRONZE – Lani Pallister, 1:55.99

Following up her already-impressive performances in the 100m free, 100m back and 50m back, 20-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan put up an eye-popping time of 1:53.57 to take this stacked women’s 200m free.

The reigning World Record holder split 26.46/29.30 (55.76)/29.47/28.34(57.81) to touch first with a healthy advantage over Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus who settled for silver in 1:55.38.

Griffith’s Lani Pallister rounded out the top 3 finishers in 1:55.99.

MOC entered this meet ranked highest worldwide among the Aussies, having put up a time of 1:54.36 at December’s Queensland Championships.

Tonight’s performance dropped nearly a second from that outing to rocket the Dean Boxall-trained superstar up the world rankings to now be #1. She takes the crown from Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey (1:54.08) as the only sub-1:54 swimmer on the planet thus far this season.

Additionally, MOC’s 1:53.57 ranks as the 7th-swiftest performance in history, a fact which is mindblowing considering this is an in-season affair.

Top 10 Women’s LCM Performances All-Time

  1. 1:52.85 – Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 2023
  2. 1:52.98 – Federica Pellegrini (ITA), 2009
  3. 1:53.01 – Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 2023
  4. 1;53.09 – Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 2021
  5. 1:53.31 – Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 2022
  6. 1:53.50 – Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 2021
  7. 1:53.57 – Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 2024
  8. 1:53.61 – Allison Schmitt (USA), 2012
  9. 1:53.65 – Summer McIntosh (CAN), 2023
  10. 1:53.66 – Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS), 2023

Titmus’ time also represents a season-best, undercutting the 1:55.81 produced at the NSW Championshps last month. Pallister posted 1:55.92 at that competition so she was just off that result tonight.

28-year-old Brianna Throssell finished 4th in 1:56.48, just .48 outside the 1:56.00 lifetime best that garnered her bronze in Doha.

Shayna Jack placed 5th in 1:56.96 and Meg Harris, after hitting 100m free (52.59) and 50m free (24.28) lifetime bests here, finished 8th in 1:58.91.

As with the 100m free, the Swimming Australia-mandated Olympic selection standard of 1:56.59 won’t be a problem for these wicked-fast women. They will all be battling to see which 2 swimmers can power their way to the wall first along with who will duke it out thereafter for coveted slots on the 4x200m free relay.

Speaking of the 4x200m free relay, be sure to catch up on the latest medal-placement-shifting news regarding that event from the 2020 Olympic Games.

MEN’S 400 IM – FINAL

  • World Record – 4:02.50, Leon Marchand (2023)
  • Australian Record – 4:09.27, Brendon Smith (2021)
  • Commonwealth Record – 4:08.70, Lewis Clareburt (2022)
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 4:12.50

GOLD – Daiya Seto (JPN), 4:10.44
SILVER – Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 4:10.86
BRONZE – William Petric, 4:13.55

The men’s 400m IM event falls on the weaker end of the spectrum compared to the sprint freestyle and butterfly races, as visiting swimmers Daiya Seto of Japan and Lewis Clareburt of New Zealand easily claimed the top 2 spots in tonight’s final.

Opting out of the 200m IM in which he’s already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, 13-time world champion Seto posted a winning effort of 4:10.44 to outstroke the reigning world champion Clareburt who touched in 4:10.86.

Clareburt ranks 4th in the world with the 4:09.72 he logged in Doha for gold while Seto registered 4:10.84 at the Japanese Olympic Trials to rank 8th heading into this competition.

29-year-old Seto’s outing here sliced .40 off that, dropping under the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF)-mandated Olympic qualifying time of 4:10.63. Although the nation’s Trials are done and dusted, Seto may be building a case to have the JASF allow him to race in the 400m IM in Paris despite missing the QT last month.

The fastest Aussie tonight was 200m IM winner here William Petric with the 19-year-old getting to the wall in 4:13.55.

His performance represents a new career-best, surpassing the 4:14.07 from last month’s NSW Championships. The Nunawading swimmer keeps inching toward the 4:12.50 Olympic selection standard, a benchmark under which just 2 Aussies have ever been.

Petric’s outing now inserts him onto the list of all-time Aussie performers in slot #6.

All-Time Aussie Men’s LCM 400 IM Performers

  1. Brendon Smith – 4:09.27, 2021
  2. Thomas Fraser-Holmes – 4:10.14, 2013
  3. Clyde Lewis – 4:13.12, 2018
  4. Travis Mahoney – 4:13.37, 2016
  5. Tommy Neill – 4:13.43, 2023
  6. William Petric – 4:13.55, 2024

MEN’S 50 BREASTSTROKE — FINAL

  • World Record — 25.95, Adam Peaty (2017)
  • Australian Record — 26.32, Sam Williamson (2024)
  • Commonwealth Record — 25.95, Adam Peaty (2017)

GOLD – Sam Williamson 27.16
SILVER – Joshua Yong, 27.60
BRONZE – Taku Taniguchi (JPN), 27.73

Reigning world champion Sam Williamson grabbed the men’s 50m breast gold despite adding time from his rapid morning outing.

In the heats, the 26-year-old Melbourne Vicentre athlete clocked 27.07 to land lane 4 while tonight he touched in 27.16. He holds the Australian record of 26.32 from the 2024 World Championships.

22-year-old Joshua Yong followed up his eye-popping 3-second drop in the men’s 200m breast for bronze with a solid 27.60 for silver. That once again crushed his 27.59 previous PB put on the books last December in South Australia.

Japan’s Taku Taniguchi wrangled up bronze in 27.73. He has already qualified as a relay swimmer on the Japanese roster for Paris 2024.

MEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY — FINAL

  • World Record — 1:50.34, Kristof Milak (2022)
  • Australian Record — 1:54.46, Nick D’Arcy (2009)
  • Commonwealth Record —  1:52.96, Chad Le Clos (2012)
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:54.97

GOLD – Bowen Gough, 1:57.85
SILVER – Matt Temple, 1:58.03
BRONZE – Ruan Van Der Riet, 2:00.27

The men’s 200m fly was very much subdued compared to other events we’ve seen over the past 4 days, as just 2 racers dipped under the 2:00 barrier.

25-year-old Bowen Gough of Griffith topped the field in 1:57.85 followed by 100m fly champion and Oceanian record holder Matt Temple.

Temple hit 1:58.03 for runner-up status and USC Spartan Ruan Van Der Riet captured bronze in 2:00.27.

The Australian Olympic QT of 1:54.97 remains elusive for the domestic swimmers. Temple owns the quickest time of all Aussies this season, holding a season-best of 1:55.41 from the Japan Open.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE — FINAL

  • World Record — 2:03.14, Kaylee McKeown (2023)
  • Australian Record — 2:03.14, Kaylee McKeown (2023)
  • Commonwealth Record — 2:03.14, Kaylee McKeown (2023)
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 2:09.74

GOLD – Kaylee McKeown, 2:03.84
SILVER – Hannah Fredericks, 2:08.92
BRONZE – Iona Anderson, 2:11.40

Pouring down rain at an outdoor pool was no problem for megastar Kaylee McKeown who just threw down the 6th-fastest performance in history.

The 22-year-old Olympic multi-gold medalist McKeown unleashed a mark of 2:03.84 despite less-than-ideal conditions, a new season-best for the world record holder.

McKeown hit splits of 29.14/31.20(1:00.34)/31.82/31.68(1:03.50) to get the job done, with the first half faster than the opening 1:00.73 produced en route to her 2:03.14 world record from last year.

The Michael Bohl-trained McKeown now overtakes the world rankings crown with her season-best, erasing the 2:04.21 turned in last month at the NSW Championships.

Her cat-and-mouse game with American Regan Smith continues as McKeown has the edge now in both the 100m and 200m distances.

2023-2024 LCM Women 200 Back

KayleeAUS
McKEOWN
04/20
2:03.84
2Regan
SMITH
USA2:03.9903/09
3Claire
CURZAN
USA2:05.7702/17
4 Kylie
MASSE
CAN2:06.2405/16
5Summer
McINTOSH
CAN2:06.8112/02
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Although well behind for silver, 21-year-old Hannah Fredericks posted 2:08.92 as the only other swimmer under the 2:10 threshold.

Fredericks of St. Peters Western surpassed her previous PB entering these championships. That prior effort stood at the 2:09.87 from last July. She’s now the 11th-best Aussie 200m back performer of all time.

World Championships medalist Iona Anderson bagged bronze in 2:11.40.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINAL

  • World Record – 55.48, Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • Australian Record – 55.72, Emma McKeon (2021)
  • Commonwealth Record – 55.59, Maggie MacNeil (2021)
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 57.17

GOLD – Emma McKeon, 56.58
SILVER – Brianna Throssell, 56.77
BRONZE – Alexandria Perkins, 57.73

Australia’s most decorated Olympian of all time Emma McKeon was the one to watch in the women’s 100m fly, racing her way to gold in 56.58. This was despite heavy rainfall continuing at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Opening in 26.09 and closing in 30.49, the 29-year-old Griffith University swimmer was just off the 56.40 she turned in at February’s Vic Open to rank 6th in the world on the season.

Throssell, who already raced earlier in the session the 200m free, ripped a new lifetime best of 56.77 en route to silver.

That lowered her previous career-swiftest benchmark of 56.96 from nearly 2 years ago to check in as the 4th-best Australian performer ever.

Top 5 Australian Women’s LCM 100 Butterfly Performers All-Time

  1. Emma McKeon – 55.72, 2021
  2. Jessicah Schipper – 56.23, 2009
  3. Libby Trickett – 56.73, 2008
  4. Brianna Throssell – 56.77, 2024
  5. Alicia Coutts – 56.85, 2012

Alexandria Perkins bagged bronze in 57.73, adding slightly to the 57.71 logged in the heats.

Perkins helped Australia earn 4 relay medals at this year’s World Championships: women’s 4x100m free relay silver, 4x100m medley relay gold, mixed free relay silver and mixed medley relay silver.

WOMEN’S 1500 FREE – FASTEST HEAT

  • World Record – 15:20.48, Katie Ledecky (USA), 2018
  • Australian Record – 15:46.13, Maddy Gough, 2021
  • Commonwealth Record – 15:40.14, Lauren Boyle (NZL), 2015
  • Australian Olympic Qualifying Time – 16:01.95

GOLD – Lani Pallister, 15:57.01
SILVER – Tiana Kritzinger, 16:23.97
BRONZE – Jacqueline Davison-McGovern, 16:39.18

On the heels of her 200m freestyle bronze, 21-year-old Pallister got it done for gold in the final event of the evening, the women’s 1500m free.

Pallister punched a result of 15:57.01 to get to the wall nearly 17 seconds ahead of the next-closest competitor Tiana Kritzinger.

19-year-old Kritzinger of Rackley secured silver in 16:23.97 followed by 20-year-old St. Peters Western’s Jacqueline Davison-McGovern who notched 16:39.18 as the bronze medalist.

Pallister already ranked #3 in the world with the 15:49.94 scored at the Queensland Championships.

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Sceptic
29 days ago

Are they going to have at least 2 full heats of men 200 fly in Paris?! So far neither Australians, nor Canadians (except Kharun) didn’t swim anywhere close to QT

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Sceptic
29 days ago

from looking at the the qualifying rankings on WA’s paris olympic page, and only taking the top 2 from each country (also excluding temple because he seems to have dropped the event), 20 people have hit the OQT. clareburt has the only relevant b time

Last edited 29 days ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
Beginner Swimmer at 25
29 days ago

Chalmers looking strong for that gold medal 🥇😳

Last edited 29 days ago by Beginner Swimmer at 25
John26
29 days ago

Anyone catch that Kyle apparently had ankle surgery in December, from Australian football..?

Last edited 29 days ago by John26
Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  John26
29 days ago

probably should stop playing until he retires from swimming. he had a similar scare before 2015 worlds. however, tonight he showed good progression from 12 months ago:

2023 – 23.25/24.75 48.00
2024 – 22.91/24.72 47.63

he’s made big strides in the first 50 without sacrificing his backend at all

Last edited 29 days ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
Oceanian
29 days ago

Sorry that I couldn’t watch those great club relays live. I was enjoying seeing Torrie Lewis beating Sha’Carri Richardson in the Diamond League. Oh – and a Pole Vault WR to boot.

See you all at trials – if not sooner!

Joel
Reply to  Oceanian
29 days ago

Who did the WR? How are you watching?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Joel
29 days ago

duplantis as per usual

streaming on Wanda Diamond League on yt

Oceanian
Reply to  Joel
29 days ago

There’s another Chinese DL meet featuring Duplantis plus a bunch of Aussies in Shanghai next week around same time (9pm AEST). Like all DL this year it will be available live & free on YT to Aussies.

Troyy
29 days ago

52.37 for Shayna

23/51/1:52
Reply to  Troyy
29 days ago

A tidy anchor swimmer for sure, best swim after her 50 free.

Troyy
29 days ago

Is it gonna be one race too many this session for Throssell?

23/51/1:52
29 days ago

The fireworks is not over yet.

Troyy
29 days ago

Winnington second fastest? Kate Allman is hopeless

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  Troyy
29 days ago

you mean willington?

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