Pallister Adds 4Free World Junior Title To Resumé For 8th Fastest Aussie Ever


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Aussie Lani Pallister already scored big here in Budapest by claiming the 800m freestyle gold in a new World Junior Championships meet record. But, the 17-year-old athlete was back for more in tonight’s 400m freestyle final, with the teen firing off a new monster personal best of 4:05.42 to get the job done in golden style.

Pallister’s previous personal best in this 400m free entering these Champinsps was the 4:06.57 she established at the Aussie World Trials earlier this year. That rendered the Cotton Tree athlete 3rd there in Brisbane among a stacked field, finishing behind eventual World Champion Ariarne Titmus and Kiah Melverton.

Tonight, Pallister dropped well over a second to top the podium, overtaking the World Junior Championships Record in the process. The previous record-holder was another Aussie, 2016 Rio Olympian Tasmin Cook, who set the mark at 4:06.17 back in 2015.

Pallister’s previous PB:

Cook’s previous meet record:

Pallister’s new PB & meet record:

In terms of Aussie swimming history, Pallister’s 4:05.42 performance now ranks her as the 3rd fastest 17-year-old female ever from her nation, sitting only behind Titmus’ 3:59.66 from 2018 and Cook’s 4:04.36 from 2016.

For all ages, Pallister is now the 8th fastest Aussie performer ever in this 400m free event.

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3 years ago

Pallister’s time pushes her into the top 10 ever for an Australian women (7th). She pushed Tracey Wickham out of the top 10, who swam 4.06.28 as a 16 year old in 1978, yes 1978, 40 years ago. What an amazing swimmer Wickham was.

Reply to  Robbos
3 years ago

Shame Wickham didn’t become Olympic champion neon so talented and well ahead of her time like Mary T Meagher

3 years ago

She will be a contender for the second spot next year now that ashwoof and cook no longer swim

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3 years ago

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