AUSTRALIAN swimmers continue to show off at the Commonwealth Games trials in Brisbane.
World champion product Christian Sprenger made a grand entrance pool-side last night, in a custom ankle-length hooded jacket sparkling with gold, ahead of the 100-metre breaststroke final.
Fox Sports reports, he then went on to clinch gold in a scorching 58.87 seconds – just outside his 58.79 personal best.
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And it was just shy of now-retired Southport hero Brenton Rickard’s national record of 58.58 set in a 2009 supersuit.
It was a remarkable effort considering Sprenger was backing up from the 200m breaststroke on Tuesday night, for which he also won gold, after clocking an impressive time of 2:08.63.
“I didn’t know how I was going to feel but today I realised I could really amp myself up – it’s possible.”
Sprenger said he would have donned his special hoodie for the 200m final but it did not arrive from the United States in time.
“I helped design it. I wanted something special for the nationals to really show that I meant business, something to remember me by for this meet,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a statement.”
Also making a name for herself in the pool last night was Queensland swimmer Taylor McKeown, who touched the wall in 2:22.10 in the 200m breaststroke.
That’s the fastest Australian time since Leisel Jones (2:20.54).