Cody Simpson Posts Personal Best in Preliminary Olympic Swimming Trial Race

6/15/2021 5:23:00 PM

Cody Simpson posts personal best in preliminary Olympic swimming trial race

Still, his time of 50.22 was a personal best. And his preferred event — the 100 butterfly — is two days away. “I wanted to just get up and do something before the 100 ’fly otherwise I would be waiting around all week,” Simpson said after his first taste of competition at the trials. “Just being around all these athletes ... I love this, I really want to do this for a while.

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“My goal this meet would be to try to make that final in the 100 ’fly, that would be nice As long as I’m improving, that’s all I can really ask for.” The 24-year-old Simpson featured this month in the Amazon original seriesHead Above Water with Ian Thorpe, Australia’s most decorated swimmer and now his mentor, Chalmers and Bronte Campbell.

He cut short a promising junior swimming career when he moved to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue his music, and is now going back the other way. Simpson concedes he probably is a better prospect for the 2024 Olympics. In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, 17-year-old Elizabeth Dekkers was the fastest qualifier for the final in 2 minutes, 08.49 seconds, just outside the Olympic qualifying mark.

In the lead-up to the trials, Simpson dropped his exclusive"The Swimming Sessions" NFTs on Monday, which include four photos documenting his training for his first Olympic trials. Read more: billboard »

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