Sprenger makes grand entrance in and out of the pool at Comm Games trials

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.


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.”

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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).