Pallister Punches Australian Record In 800 Freestyle

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Just a few events after Kaylee McKeown fired off a new World Record in the women’s 200m back, Lani Pallister produced a new Australian Record in the women’s 800m free.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in history, the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships are taking place virtually. Contested as 4 sessions of timed finals, the virtual competition spans Brisbane (Chandler), Sydney (Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre), Hobart (Hobart Aquatic Centre), Perth (HBF Stadium) and Melbourne (MSAC subject to COVID restrictions).

Pallister was competing at the Brisbane (Chandler) location when she hit the wall in a big-time performance of 8:10.12. That outing overtook the Cotton Tree teen’s previous PB of 8:11.71, which stood as the Aussie national record since only this past September.

Splits are not available at this time and the mother-trained Pallister now just sits among the top 20 performers in the world all-time in slot #18.

After a breakout year in 2018 where Pallister struck gold multiple times at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, she wreaked havoc on the podium at the 2019 World Junior Championships. Pallister topped the women’s 400m, 800m, and 1500m freestyle podiums there in Budapest, as well as snagged 200m free silver.

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Samboys
1 year ago

She was out in 4:01, I’m excited for what she does in the 400!

Troyy
Reply to  Samboys
1 year ago

Where’d you see the splits?

Gheko
Reply to  Samboys
1 year ago

Titus went 3.54, Lani 4th in 4.02

Troyy
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Not the best schedule for this double.

Gheko
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Bit tough to back up from the 800 this morning!

Aussieone
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Confused how Gough AND Melverton were both DQed in the 400 free

Corn Pop
1 year ago

Looks good for LC in 2 weeks. 8.20?

Gheko
1 year ago

Janelle looks to be doing a great job with Lani

Locknessy
Reply to  Gheko
1 year ago

Has been training the majority of her time with Michael Bohl’s Griffith Uni since Covid.

SonnyBoi
Reply to  Locknessy
1 year ago

Hey hey hey Let’s not Forget the lifetime of training done with Janelle that happened before training with Michael Bohl the last few months. This kind of performance is built over many many yearss

lani
Reply to  Locknessy
1 year ago

Training equally with both 🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by lani
Troyy
1 year ago

Also age group records from Sam Short in the 800 fr (7:38.97) and Mollie O’Callaghan in the 100 fr (52.48). Madi Wilson also got under the 52 barrier for the first time: 51.74.

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