Australian swimming championships to test body clocks for Tokyo Olympics | Kieran Pender

Finals will run in the mornings on the Gold Coast to prepare athletes for a major Olympics format change

When the nation’s top swimmers converge on the Gold Coast this week for the Australian swimming championships, the competition timings will feel rather unusual. The meet will commence on Wednesday evening with heats in eight disciplines, followed by finals on Thursday morning. And so on, through to the concluding finals on Sunday morning. Rather than build in the morning for races of consequence in the evening, Australia’s swimmers will have to adjust their routines and body clocks.

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YouTube stardom to the Olympics? Singer Cody Simpson’s unlikely bid to compete at Games

  • Australian to go up against likes of Kyle Chalmers at nationals
  • Simpson two seconds off Olympic trials pace in 100m butterfly

Teenybopper poster boy Cody Simpson will be among Australia’s top swimmers at next month’s national championships as he hones his 100m butterfly before June’s Olympic trials.

The junior swimmer turned international singer has taken another key step in his quest to make it in the pool by entering the Australian titles on the Gold Coast, where he will attempt to shave whole seconds from his personal best in his unlikely bid to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

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