2021 SYDNEY OPEN
- Thursday, May 13th – Sunday, May 16th
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Heats at 6pm local; Finals at 9am local
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In addition to Kaylee McKeown‘s magical 100m backstroke swim this morning during the 2021 Sydney Open finals, several other standout swims got on the board to kick-off day 3.
Among them was 21-year-old Matthew Temple busting through the 24-second barrier to take the victory in the men’s 50m fly. After producing a solid night prelim swim of 23.97, Temple dropped another .23 to reap gold in 23.74, the fastest time of his career.
Entering this meet, the talented Nunawading swimmer’s personal best in this sprint rested at the 24.08 posted at the 2019 Australian Championships.
This morning he was joined on the podium by another sub-24-second swimmer in Alex Quach. The 19-year-old notched a lifetime best of his own to hit 23.94, while Shaun Champion also accomplished the feat in 23.96 to round out the top 3. Of note, pop singer Cody Simpson placed 5th in 24.52, just off his night heats time of 24.47.
The women’s 100m fly saw on-fire Emma McKeon easily take gold in 56.81, beating out the next-closest competitor, 200m fly Olympic finalist Brianna Throssell, by nearly 2 seconds.
Opening in 26.77 and closing in 30.04, 26-year-old McKeon’s time here represents another top-notch effort, positioned behind her season-best of 56.44 which renders her as the world’s #3 performer this season.
Of note, 200m fly Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves was in the women’s 100m fly prelims field, popping a time of 1:00.39 to claim the 6th seed before dropping the final.
Per her usual routine, Griffith University’s McKeon doubled up on the fly with the 50m free, grabbing her 2nd gold of the session in 24.58. That was enough to hold the edge over a charging Madi Wilson of Marion who produced yet another personal best on her over-year-long trail of career-fastest freestyle times.
The men’s 200m free saw Bond’s Alex Graham get it done for gold in 1:47.80, while Zac Stubblety-Cook produced the only sub-1:01 effort in the men’s 100m breast at 59.72 for gold. For Stubblety-Cook, the man managed to slice .11 off of his previous lifetime best to top the podium just a month out from the Aussie Trials.
- Although comeback kid Tamsin Cook punched the fastest time of the 400m free prelims in 4:06.48, the West Aussie checked in ultimately with a mark of 4:09.54 to capture the bronze come this morning’s final. Taking this women’s event was 18-year-old Lani Pallister, with the mom-trained teen produced 4:08.47 to get the nearly one-second edge over Kiah Melverton and her runner-up time of 4:09.41.
- Tessa Wallace got to the wall first in the women’s 200m breast, clocking 2:25.11, while Bond’s Jenna Strauch put up a fight in a time less than a second behind in 2:25.97.
- Sans Mitch Larkin in the field, who was originally supposed to race here in Sydney, Tristan Hollard got the gold in 1:57.40 in the men’s 200m back.