Olympic gold medalist Zac Stubblety-Cook broke the world record in the men’s 200m breaststroke final at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
Most important points:
- Zac Stubblety-Cook said breaking the world record was “surreal”
- Kyle Chalmers said he will reconsider missing the World Championships after winning the 50m butterfly
- If Chalmers changes his mind, pop star Cody Simpson could be missing out
His time of 2:05.95 was 0.17 seconds below the old record of Anton Chupkov of Russia, making him the first man in history to break the 2:06 barrier.
Stubblety-Cook won gold at the event at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I always had the goal in the back of my mind to be the first man to go 2:05 and you don’t get a lot of chances and tonight was one of them,” he said after the race.
“Doesn’t feel real yet, hasn’t really sunk in yet. Probably sink in in the next few days, still have some chores before then.”
“Obviously I was hoping to swim fast and hoping to swim close to my best and that’s just another thing.”
Stubblety-Cook said he was driven by the process, not the results.
“I’ve thought about it and tried to be in that process, but never like yes, that’s it, like I want to break a world record, but you know it happens,” said the demure swimmer.
Matthew Wilson, who finished third, led the race in quick time, enabling Stubblety-Cook to drive home.
“I was feeling pretty good at 100, so I knew I could take it home, but yeah, I didn’t think we were going fast.”
‘You can’t distinguish me as the bad guy’: Chalmers could swim in World Championships after all
Previously, Kyle Chalmers, Olympic freestyle gold medalist, dropped a bombshell by saying he’s considering swimming at the World Championships, which would deprive pop sensation Cody Simpson from a spot on the team.
Chalmers told the media about the physical and mental pain he has suffered in recent months after winning the men’s 50m butterfly at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
On Wednesday, Chalmers was second and Simpson third in the 100m butterfly behind Olympian Matthew Temple.
Chalmers had previously said he would not be swimming at the World Championships in Budapest in June.
That decision opened the door for Simpson’s incredible pool comeback after a successful decade-long career in music.
But Chalmers says his form has taken him by surprise and that butterfly swimming is his first love, prompting a rethink of the World Championships.
“Well, you can’t think of me as the bad guy, can you,” Chalmers said when he decides to join in, possibly robbing Simpson of a spot.
“Unfortunately I started as a butterfly kite and I swim, I’ve been on the team for 8 years now, I’ve watched the 100 butterfly from a distance and always wanted to do it, my body won’t allow me to do it until now to do,” he said.
“For me, I have to sit down seriously with my coach [Peter Bishop] and my team around me and have that discussion for the next few days,” he said when asked if he wanted to swim in Budapest.
“Of course I’m looking at my preparation 8 weeks ago, I wasn’t in the pool at all, I may not go swimming at all this year, may never swim again
“My shoulders hurt a lot.
“I’ve given everything I can to this sport for the past five years, mentally, physically, emotionally and was just extremely burned out.”
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