Mollie O’Callaghan Breaks 200 Free WJR in 1:55.11 Leading Off 4×200 Relay

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan set a new World Junior Record in the 200 free in a time of 1:55.11. The 17-year-old led off Australia’s 4×200 free relay during Day 5 Prelims and lowered the previous record of 1:55.43 set by Yang Junxuan of China at the 2019 World Championships. Only Missy Franklin has been faster as a world junior swimmer. World Junior Records were not recognized when Franklin swam a blistering time of 1:55.03.

O’Callaghan smashed her own personal best time of 1:56.29 from the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials in mid-June. She shaved 1.18 seconds off her time to break the newest record. Although her time was well under the Fina ‘A’ standard at trials, O’Callaghan finished 6th in the event and was not selected to swim it in Tokyo.

A time of 1:55.11 would have finished 5th during in the final of the women’s 200 free on Day 4 of the Tokyo Olympics. Katie Ledekcy touched 5th in a time of 1:55.21, which is 0.1 seconds slower than what O’Callaghan went on her relay lead-off. Her teammate Ariarne Titmus took home the gold medal, coming from behind Siobhan Haughey to touch first in a time of 1:53.50.

O’Callaghan was joined on the relay by Meg Harris, Brianna Throssell, and Tamsin Cook. They finished first in the second semi-final in a time of 7.44.61. Australia is seeded first going into the final of the 4×200 free relay.

  Yang Junxuan (2019) Mollie O’Callaghan
50 split 27.00 27.25
100 split 29.54 29.69
150 split 29.61 29.76
200 split 29.58 28.41
Final 1:55.43 1:55.11

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BairnOwl
1 month ago

Poor Mollie if she ends up being snubbed from two finals relays after outstanding splits.

torchbearer
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

She can cry into her gold medals….

Joel
Reply to  torchbearer
1 month ago

It’s not the same. But at least in 2022, the coaching staff will not make the same mistake. Surely

Last edited 1 month ago by Joel
BairnOwl
Reply to  torchbearer
1 month ago

There’s also the WR to think about. There’s a difference between being a part of that and not.

SBOmega
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

they might not break the WR if Neal is in the final swimming 1:58 from a flat start like she did in 2019 WC

zainol
Reply to  SBOmega
1 month ago

yes i agree with you
molly and harris are good
if coach put leah and madi he will be the stupid coach in oz olympic history

commonwombat
Reply to  zainol
1 month ago

Harris earned her finals swim in 4X100; she was the slowest leg in these heats so hard to justify her for the final.

BairnOwl
Reply to  SBOmega
1 month ago

Yeah, exactly. But if they include Mollie then I think it’s almost guaranteed that they do break the WR. 1:58…yuck. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

zainol
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

dear oz swimming coach
line up for women 4 x 200fs relay should be molly, mag harris, mc keon and titmus.
titmus must swim in last leg
madi wilson and leah neale are neednt at all

BairnOwl
Reply to  zainol
1 month ago

Harris didn’t swim a good leg. The line-up should be Titmus – O’Callaghan – Wilson – McKeon except it’s against the rules not to include Neale.

Boomer
1 month ago

Petition to Aus coaching staff to put Mollie in the final lineup!

Jamie5678
1 month ago

About time one of the Australian women freestylers stepped up. They looked a bit short without her.

Sub13
Reply to  Jamie5678
1 month ago

I don’t know why people are downvoting this when it’s clearly a joke. It made me chuckle.

Piotr
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Yeah, this is the same I thought during a race: they’re 98%-favorites, and then one of their supertalents improve her personal best by a second, lol.

Stephen
1 month ago

The Aussie ain’t just Campbell Macca and Titmus
There’s huge young depth.

Stephen
1 month ago

Swimswam had to throw in Franklin…….ROFL

Jackman
Reply to  Stephen
1 month ago

its fair to note that Franklin has the actual fastest World Junior Time

Oceanian
1 month ago

The only good thing about this debacle is if it inspires Mollie to be swimming 52.50, 1-53 and (maybe) 58.0 backstroke at next AUS Champs/Trials.

And then she steps up even more in an international meet – like she has in Tokyo..

Last edited 1 month ago by Oceanian
ice
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

I love how you called it – its truly a debacle. And I hope this pushes Mollie even harder and faster. If she keeps her head on right, she’ll be the backbone of the freestyle relays for the next decade

Troyy
1 month ago

Titmus still owns the Australian 17 years age record at 1:54.85 but not the WJR because she turned 18 that year.

Robbos
1 month ago

How good is Mollie? She only just turned 17 in April.
She has with a flat start swam 53.02 for the 100 free & 1.55.11 for he 200 free.
Lots talking up some young swimmers like Summer McIntosh & Torrie Husske & Sullivan & Grimes, but we have a young superstar here ready to take on the mantle of Titmus & Campbells & McKeon.