Joshua Edwards-Smith Rocks 1:55.42 LCM 200 Back, Now #2 Aussie All-Time


The rockstar race on day four of these 2022 Queensland Championships came in the men’s 200m backstroke where 19-year-old Joshua Edwards-Smith put up the swim of his life.

The Griffith University swimmer punched a massive 1:55.42 to knock over a second off of his previous career-quickest en route to gold. That performance beat the field by nearly 5 solid seconds, with the next-closest competitor represented by New Zealand’s Kane Follows.

Follows touched in a time of 2:00.35 while another Aussie Thomas Hauck rounded out the top 3 performers in 2:00.55 for bronze.

As for Edwards-Smith, the teen opened in 56.06 and closed in 59.36 to obliterate his previous PB of 1:56.71. That former time was just logged this year in May at the Australian Nationals.

Edward-Smith went on to perform beneath that potential, however, both at the World Championships in Budapest as well as the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.

In the former, Edwards-Smith settled for 11th place with a semi-final time of 1:57.52, while he clocked 1:57.60 for 6th place in the latter competition. Had the Aussie produced this type of 1:55.42 performance in Budapest he would have placed 4th while he would have claimed gold ahead of champion Brodie Williams (GBR) 1:56.40 in Birmingham.

With his monster outing here in Queensland, Edwards-Smith now rockets up the list of all-time Aussie performers from slot #7 to now #2. Only national record holder Mitch Larkin has been faster, owning the Aussie standard in 1:53.17 from 2015.

On the all-time performers’ list worldwide, Edwards-Smith sneaks into the top 20 at spot #19.

He now takes over the top spot in the season’s rankings worldwide.

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Additional Winners

  • Shayna Jack topped the women’s 50m free podium, touching in 24.48 in the only sub-25 second time of the open field. American Linnea Mack was next in 25.68, while Singapore’s Quah Ting Wen was next in 25.70.
  • The girls’ 16-year-old race saw Bond’s phenom Milla Jansen log a super swift time of 25.50 to get a .14 edge over Hannah Casey‘s silver medal-worthy mark of 25.64.
  • Cameron McEvoy was the men’s 50 freestyle winner in the open field, taking the gold in a mark of 22.03.
  • The women’s 200m IM saw Jenna Forrester produce a time of 2:15.41 to top the field while visiting Japanese swimmer Ryuka Ino was the quickest man in 2:03.15.
  • In the boys’ 17-year-old 200m freestyle battle, a pair of racers dipped under the 1:50 threshold. Anders McAlpine logged a winning effort of 1:49.37 while Edward Somerville was also right there in 1:49.69.
  • Hannah Fredericks was the winner of the women’s 200m backstroke in 2:15.00.
  • Olympian Brianna Throssell posted a time of 2:10.40 in the women’s 200m fly to keep runner-up Quah Jing Wen at bay. Singapore’s Quah checked in with a silver medal-worthy time of 2:10.92.
  • The men’s 299n fly saw 24-year-old Griffith University swimmer Bowen Gough touch in 1:58.81 for the victory.


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1 year ago

Impressive swim but is he really the 19th all-time performer? I thought Donets with a suit-assisted 1.55.25 from 2009 was 19th and Casas with his 1.55.35 from last year’s World Championships was 20th.

1 year ago

I hope he can achieve the same level of success as Mitch Larkin.. we also need a decent 100 backstroker for the Olympics

Reply to  Verram
1 year ago

I’m still hoping Cooper steps up. He’s been off this year but really considering his results last year at 18 he should be at least very solid soon.

Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

Isaac is promising but I hope he doesnt get caught up in the fame of it all.. they’re still rather cagey what really happened to him at Worlds and why was he sent home… I just hope Edwards-Smith can achieve his potential same as Elijah Winnington who used to choke at big meets

The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Very impressive progress.

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