Cody Simpson missed an Australian team sport after a brutal result in the 100m freestyle final on Saturday night.
Cody Simpson lost a spot on the Australian swimming team for the FINA World Championships.
The pop singer’s rollercoaster week ended with a deflating moment as he finished last in the men’s 100m freestyle final on Saturday night in Adelaide.
Simpson had a whirlwind the next day initially disqualified for the final for a false start during the heats on Saturday morning.
The 25-year-old missed the starting shot but managed to protest the disqualification.
He was replenished hours before the event took place on Saturday night and raced from lane eight after qualifying for the final as the seventh fastest in qualifying.
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Simpson will be thrilled to have swam a personal best time of 49.34, but he has also learned how far he has to go in the 100m freestyle.
In a race that didn’t include 100m freestyle king Kyle Chalmers, Cameron McEvoy and Alexander Graham, a new star emerged with William Yang being crowned national champion.
Yang preceded Zac Incerti and Flynn Southam with a time of 48.55.
Simpson had to finish in the top six to keep alive his low hopes of a spot in the 100m freestyle relay.
His personal best of 49.34 was just 0.22 seconds off a top six finish.
Time shattered Simpson’s previous best time in the event by over a second.
Freestyle isn’t his favorite shot, but the Queenslander has proven he can challenge the best in the country in the pool despite only returning to the sport in 2020.
Simpson may have lost the world championships in Budapest, but his place on the team for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games is expected to be confirmed Sunday.
He earned his spot at the Commonwealth Games, starting July 28, after finishing third in the men’s 100 butterfly final on Thursday night.
His dream of swimming at the world championships was shattered when Chalmers has suddenly reverted to a previous decision to skip the event.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Olympic champion Chalmers explained that he would make the final decision on whether to attend the event after consulting with his coach over the next couple of days.
As Chalmers finished second in the 100m butterfly, Simpson would lose a ticket to Budapest if the South Australian chooses to compete in the world championships.
on Fridays, Chalmers contacted Simpson to clear the air as rumors swirled about their relationship since it was revealed that the pop singer was dating Olympic icon Emma McKeon.
Chalmers and McKeon were dating previously, with their relationship going public for the first time in September.
“We talked last night,” Simpson said Amazon Prime video.
“He was great, somehow he reached out and we cleared the air about it. So that’s okay in that regard. I would respect his decision anyway.
“I realized he had changed his mind, as he obviously has every right to do.
“Has the place. I didn’t finish second, I finished third. So for him to have done it (he finished second) especially with the limited preparation he had is quite remarkable.
Simpson said he was simply thrilled to be part of the emerging rivalry between him, Chalmers and Matt Temple.
“It’s exciting to be a part of something like this,” he said.
“Being one of those three guys is already crazy to me. I look at those two guys and even up to two days ago I thought: ‘God, I’m so ahead of me. I have so much work to do to be in the running too ‘”.
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