Olympia Pope Breaks Australian Age Record For 13-Yr-Olds In 200 Breast


In addition to impressive swims by Olympian Zac Stubblety-Cook in the men’s 200m breast and rising star Flynn Southam in the men’s 100m free, an Australian National Age Record also fell at these 2021 Queensland Championships.

While competing in the women’s 200m breaststroke for 13-year-olds, Somerset’s Olympia Pope fired off a new lifetime best of 2:32.61. That not only crushed the field by over 7 seconds but her time checks in as a new Australian National Age Record, overtaking the previous mark of 2:31.14 that Tess David put on the books way back in 2009.

After establishing herself as the top-seeded swimmer of the morning here with a prelims time of 2:35.20, Pope split 1:12.86/1:19.75 to crank out the best time of her young career. Entering these Championships, Pope’s previous PB stood at the 2:34.06 she established just last month.

Pope has plenty of opportunities left in which to inflict additional damage, as the newly-minted record holder is set to race her age group’s 200m IM, 100m breast, 50m free, 100m free, 400m free, 400m IM, 200, free and 50m breast events.

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11 months ago

Good. Australia needs some new women’s breasters.

Reply to  Oceanian
11 months ago

Breast is our biggest weakness in both medley relays. Would be great if a 100 breast male could step up and ZSC could continue in the 200. For women, I think Hodges has potential to improve but a fresh new female breaststroker would be awesome.

11 months ago

Olympia pope sure is an interesting bame

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11 months ago

name* ofc

Reply to  Anonymoose
10 months ago

and she’s a really good person

11 months ago

Tess David’s Nag was 2.33.27 whilst 2.31.14 is Imai’s Qld All Comers record (still on the book).

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