Elijah Winnington Misses 100 FR Final at Aussie Trials


19-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medalist Elijah Winnington missed another opportunity to compete for a spot at the Gwangju World Championships in the 100 free.

After placing 3rd in the 400 free and 8th in 200 free, Winnington wound up 11th in the prelims with a 50.27. Winnington’s personal best in the event was a 49.44, which is still a second behind the worlds qualification of 48.37.

With Mack Horton now out of making the Worlds team, Winnington has just as slim of a chance at making the team. Winnington’s last entry is in the 50 free, where he is seeded 15th with a 22.99. It is likely that Winnington would scratch the 50, as he is stronger in the 200/400 free.

There is still hope for Cameron McEvoy, who placed second in prelims with a 48.75, just four-tenths off the qualification standard. In the 200 free on Monday, McEvoy finished in a disappointing 7th place with a 1:47.85. As the Commonweath and Australian record-holder in the 100 free, McEvoy has a strong shot at making the team if he shaves those minuscule tenths to get the qualification time.

On the upside, Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers is aiming to add a second event to his Gwangju line-up. Earlier in the 200 free, Chalmers took the title in a blistering 1:45.76, the 7th-fastest time in the world. Chalmers swam the top time in the 100 free prelims with a 47.91, comfortably under the qualification standard. His season best of 47.48 came from the Aussie Nationals in April, which ranks #2 in the world.

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. A bummer .of a meet .

mike in dallas

The collective of under-performing athletes, esp. men, is not really surprising. The problems stemming back to attitude and discipline from London 2012 still are very much in evidence, yet the national directorate cannot seem to put together a coherent plan with proper coaching — and a degree of flexibility which Aussie swimmers need.


Chalmers just did the fastest 100 free and Larkin just did the fastest 200 IM of the season at Aussie trials (according to SwimSwam rankings ) . Under performing?

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