Cody Simpson’s bid to make Paris Olympics fall just short in 100m butterfly, Australian swimming team list

Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the final night of the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials from the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.

Cody Simpson’s attempt to compete in the Paris Olympics fell just short.

All eyes were on the pop star in the men’s 100m butterfly final and he was in the hunt in the final lap.

You could have thrown a blanket on the field and Simpson ultimately finished fifth in 51.79 – just off his personal best of 51.67 and 0.01 slower than swimming his heats.

National record holder Matt Temple won in 51.15 ahead of Ben Armbruster, who had already qualified in the 50m free.

Shaun Champion (51.40) was third and Jesse Coleman (51.51) was fourth.

Simpson tied for first in the B final of the 100-meter freestyle in 48.67 seconds, good enough for sixth place overall.

It would have given the selectors food for thought if they chose him as the 4x100m freestyle relay swimmer, but it doesn’t count for much as he didn’t make it to the A final.

Simpson, a talented junior swimmer, put his successful music career on hold to return to the pool.

She exceeded all expectations by making the 100m butterfly final at the Tokyo Olympic Trials and making the Australian team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

He finished fifth in the 100m butterfly in Birmingham, where he also won gold and silver as a relay swimmer.

But Australia’s depth in the 100m strengthened and Olympic qualification ultimately proved a bridge too far for the 27-year-old.

7.45pm – Cate Campbell takes a bow in emotional scenes

Cate Campbell’s swimming career is over after finishing seventh in the 50m freestyle final in 24.76 seconds.

Shayna Jack won in 23.99 seconds ahead of Meg Harris (24.26), who booked her first individual swim at the Olympics.

Emma McKeon came third in 24.32, meaning she will not be able to defend her Olympic gold in both the 50m and 100m freestyle as the next generation of sprinters emerges.

There were emotional scenes in the Brisbane Aquatic Center pool as Campbell waved to the crowd and was hugged by all the swimmers in lane seven.

The result means the 32-year-old’s bid to become the first Australian to compete in five Olympics fell short.

Campbell told reporters: “The fact that there were two girls who qualified for the Olympic Games, which is no small feat, one of them for her first individual place in Meg Harris – that they suspended the celebrations and came from her is one of the reasons why the most amazing moments and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t supposed to happen. I would have loved to have that fairytale ending more than anything.

“But now I can sit back and reflect on a wonderful career. I can leave the sport with my head held high. I came back to try to do something no one had ever done before and my God, I did a really good job at it.

Bronte Campbell placed fifth in 24.46 and already qualified by placing fourth in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

No Chalmers in the 100m butterfly

Kyle Chalmers was late in the 100 meter butterfly heats.

After securing his place in a third Olympics in the 100m freestyle, Chalmers revealed he needed four cortisone injections in his back less than two weeks before the trials because it had aggravated his “degenerative” back.

His retirement certainly doesn’t make Cody Simpson’s attempt to qualify as one of the program’s closers any easier.

The program is completed by the men’s and women’s 400 meters individual medley and the women’s 1500 meters freestyle.

The Australian Olympic swimming team will be named on Saturday evening after the final event. Selectors can bring a maximum of 26 male and 26 female swimmers to Paris.

Mollie O and Shayna Jack amaze in the 100 meters classic

Paralympic team announced

On Friday night, the Australian Paralympic team in Paris was confirmed with a host of new faces, including Alexa Leary, ready for her first Games.

Australian Paralympic swimming team for Paris 2024: Jesse Aungles, Emily Beecroft, Ricky Betar, Lewis Bishop, Rowan Crothers, Katja Dedekind, Tom Gallagher, Jasmine Greenwood, Brenden Hall, Benjamin Hance, Timothy Hodge, Jack Ireland, Ella Jones, Jenna Jones, Ahmed Kelly, Alexa Leary, Paige Leonhardt , Maddie McTernan, Jake Michel, Chloe Osborn, Grant Patterson, Lakeisha Patterson, Col Pearse, Alex Saffy, Callum Simpson, Keira Stephens, Ruby Storm, Holly Warn, Rachael Watson, Poppy Wilson.

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