The Australian team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics has been revealed, with 35 swimmers making the side.
It comes after the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials wrapped up in Adelaide overnight following a blistering week of racing, which saw a number of World and Commonwealth records broken.
Among those packing their bags for Tokyo are Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell, who join swimming legend Leisel Jones as the only Aussie swimmers to ever make four Olympic Games.
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A massive 21 debutants have also been named in the side.
“Tonight’s selection caps a special week in the pool, with exceptional achievements from our athletes,” Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said
“Swimming has such an incredible Olympic history for our country and this Team is ready to build on that legacy with their own inspiring performances in Tokyo.
“Congratulations to all of the athletes, the coaches, support staff, friends and family who have been there every step of the way to help them realise their Olympic dream.”
Mr Chesterman praised Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm for their Olympic milestone.
“Achieving a feat of four Olympic Games, only reached by one Australian swimmer in history, is testament to their persistence, character and talent and I am thrilled to have such fantastic ambassadors on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo,” he said.
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Matt Wilson was also nominated to the Team under Swimming Australia’s selection policy under “extenuating circumstances”, following the death of his grandmother.
While the Tokyo Olympics dream for pop star Cody Simpson came to an end after he finished 8th in the final of the 100m butterfly.
Despite missing out on a spot in the team, the 24-year-old said he’s already achieved his goal for this year.
“What an experience racing at my first Australian Olympic Trials. To make a final was our goal this year and with less than a year of training we did just that,” Simpson wrote on Instagram.
“I’ve come so much further than I expected to this year and to be racing the best in the country already is a privilege.
“Thanks to @hawkebr and my training partner Matt Targett for pushing me everyday back in the USA throughout COVID and to my new coach Michael Bohl for the wisdom and swift preparation!
“I’m so psyched to get back to training. See you in 3 years.”
The Swimming will take place from 24 July to 1 August at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
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