Aussie Tamsin Cook’s Comeback Complete With 400 Free Olympic Spot

SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS

We saw Ariarne Titmus nearly take down American Olympic icon Katie Ledecky‘s 400m freestyle World Record tonight on day 2 of the Australian Olympic Trials. You can read more about Titmus’ statement-making swim here.

However, quietly finishing as runner-up behind Titmus and also making the Swimming Australia-mandated Olympic qualification time was Western Australian Tamsin Cook. Behind Titmus’ 3:56.90 this evening, Cook posted a still-super-solid effort of 4:04.10 to make her 2nd Olympic squad.

At just 17 years of age 5 years ago, Cook was the youngest member of the Australian Olympic team for Rio, where she held her own in placing 6th in the 400m freestyle final there and battled American Katie Ledecky again on the anchor leg of the women’s 4x200m freestyle to hang on for Olympic silver.

A car accident derailed her 2017 World Championships but she did compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Trials where she finished 10th in the 400m free, not quick enough to be in the pool for her home Games on the Gold Coast.

As of June 2018, Cook had temporarily hung up her goggles, taking an indefinite break from elite competition swimming at just 19 years of age. “My plans are just to focus on my university, focus on my goals in that area and have a normal life for a little while,” she said at the time.

Flash forward to October of last year and Cook made her first competitive comeback at the Aussie Virtual Relay Blitz and followed that up with performances at the Western Aussie Championships in December.

All told, Cook has only been back in the water just over 6 months yet her 4:04.10 400m free performance here checks in as a new lifetime best, overtaking the 4:04.36 she registered in the semi-finals in Rio. Now, her time here ranks her as the 5th fastest performer in the world heading into Tokyo.

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 Free

AriarneAUS
Titmus
06/13
3:56.90
2Katie
Ledecky
USA3:59.2504/10
3Li
Bingjie
CHN4:02.3605/01
4Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN4:03.0212/31
5Tamsin
Cook
AUS4:04.1006/13
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Nick
1 month ago

LOVE A GOOD COMEBACK STORY

Corn Pop
1 month ago

Im on record as a big Tamsin fan . I replied to Common wombat in2017 that if Tamsin said she would return to swimming, she would. Ii was not surprised to see her swim a 2.18 200 sc fly just a few weeks into training. That girl has drive.

Miss M
1 month ago

She’s looked better and better each time she’s swum. Hard for Kiah and the others, but so happy for Tamsin!

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