Australian Swimming Trials: Our young guns to watch
The future is bright as Australia's best young swim stars face off in Adelaide for a ticket to Tokyo.
Australia's best swimmers will race for the chance to represent the nation at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July when the Australian Swimming Trials get underway in Adelaide on Saturday 12 June. Among them are some outstanding youngsters vying for a spot in the Olympic team. Here are 3 to keep an eye on.
The 19-year-old backstroker has been on the swimming scene a while since earning a place at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest at just 15. McKeown went on to place fourth in the 200m backstroke. She went 2 places better at the 2019 World Championships, claiming silver in the same event.
McKeown is ranked world number 1 in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley, so she will have high hopes of firstly qualifying and then making an impact in Tokyo.
The 21-year-old Queenslander has become used to collecting medals since winning his first national championship as a 10-year-old, with 26 national age championship gold medals to his name. He also holds the junior world record in the 200m freestyle set at the Queensland state titles in 2018. Winnington was also a member of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay team that won gold and set a new games record at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Winnington has used the disappointment of missing the national team for the 2019 World Championships as motivation for a place on the plane to Tokyo.
The Brisbane schoolgirl clocked the fourth-fastest time in the world this year in the 200m butterfly on the Gold Coast in April. Her time of 2:07.25 puts her in the top 10 fastest 200m butterfly swims in Australian history. It seems the future is promising once again in the pool for the proud swimming nation.
When and where are the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials?
This year's all-important Australian Swimming Trials are being held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide, from 12–17 June. Heats will take place in the morning, starting from 10:30am AEST each day. Finals will take place in the evening, starting from 7:30pm AEST.
How to watch the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials
The 2021 Australian Swimming Trials will be broadcast live and exclusive on Amazon Prime Video. All 67 events will be streamed at no additional costs to Amazon Prime members. We have a full guide to watching swimming in Australia for you.
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