Samuel Short’s family was in tears after the swimmer missed qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games after a colossal mistake.
Australian swimmer Samuel Short qualified for this year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, despite a monumental brain fade at Sunday night’s national trials.
The 18-year-old was comfortably leading the men’s 1500m final at SA Aquatic and Leisure Center in Adelaide, apparently able to finish under the required qualifying time.
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But with two laps to go, Short suddenly stopped at the penultimate curve of 1400m, mistakenly believing he had finished the race.
A poolside official frantically rang the bell in Short’s ear, prompting the teenager to complete the final two laps and record a time of 15: 05.55, missing the qualifying time by less than a second.
The mistake cost him about five seconds, meaning he would have comfortably beat the qualifying time had it not been for a miscalculation.
Short had already qualified for the world championship team in the 800m freestyle, but the Queenslander faced a nervous wait to see if he would be chosen for the Commonwealth Games.
“This could actually affect his implementation of the Commonwealth Games,” explained an Amazon Prime commentator. “The 800m freestyle is not a Comm Games event.
“Now it is in the hands of the recruiters for the Comm Games team.
“What a heartbreak … you probably feel embarrassed.”
Short screamed in frustration after the event, while Short’s family members were seen crying in the stands.
“I was pretty tired of going in today,” he told Amazon Prime. “I thought I was going over the line, but I was pretty tired.”
Alec Mander finished second in the men’s 1500m final with a time of 15: 15.02, while Kieren Pollard finished third in 15: 16.39.
Thankfully, Dolphins manager Rohan Taylor then reassured Short that last year’s practice time was enough for him to qualify.
“He had already qualified with the (800m freestyle), so he was already on the team,” he told Amazon Prime Video.
“So what we’re doing now is using his time from last year, which was under qualifying … so we can sign him up for the event.
“I had to go to him and say, ‘It’s okay, don’t worry.’”
Short was named to Australia’s 46 Commonwealth Games squad after finishing third in the men’s 400m freestyle earlier in the week.
Meanwhile, Olympic hero Ariarne Titmus produced a dizzying swim Break the women’s 400m freestyle world record in national trials, shaving the previous record set by American rival Katie Ledecky at the Rio Olympic Games by 0.06.
The Australian swimming team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
Ben Armbruster (Bond Swimming, QLD)
Grayson Bell (Somerset, QLD)
Kyle Chalmers (Marion, SA)
Isaac Cooper (Rackley Swim Team, QLD)
Joshua Edwards-Smith (Griffith University, QLD)
Bowen Gough (Griffith University, QLD)
Mack Horton (Griffith University, QLD)
Zac Incerti (Marion, SA)
Mitch Larkin (Chandler, QLD)
Se-Bom Lee (Carlile, NSW)
Thomas Nowakowski (Somerset, QLD)
Kieran Pollard (north coast, WA)
Sam Short (Rackley Swim Team, QLD)
Cody Simpson (Griffith University, QLD)
Brendon Smith (Griffith University, QLD)
Flynn Southam (Tweed Heads, NSW)
Zac Stubblety Cook (Chandler, QLD)
Matt Temple (Marion, SA)
Brad Woodward (Mingara, NSW)
Sam Williamson (Melbourne Vicecentre, VIC)
Matt Wilson (SOPAC, VIC)
Elijah Winnington (St Peters Western, QLD)
Josh Yong (USC Spartans, QLD)
William Yang (Loreto Normanhurst, NSW)
Minna Atherton (Bond Swimming, QLD)
Holly Barratt (Rockingham, WA)
Abbey Connor (Revesby Workers, NSW)
Elizabeth Dekkers (Newmarket Racers, QLD)
Jenna Forrester (St Peters Western, QLD)
Abbey Harkin (St Peters Western, QLD)
Meg Harris (Marion, SA)
Chelsea Hodges (Southport, QLD)
Shayna Jack (Western St. Peter, QLD)
Bronte Job (Rackley Swim Team, QLD)
Emma McKeon (Griffith University, QLD)
Kaylee McKeown (Griffith University, QLD)
Taylor McKeown (Griffith University, QLD)
Kiah Melverton (St Peters Western, QLD)
Mollie O’Callaghan (St Peters Western, QLD)
Lani Pallister (Griffith University, QLD)
Alexandria Perkins (St Peters Western, QLD)
Ella Ramsay (Western St. Peter, QLD)
Jenna Strauch (Miami, QLD)
Brianna Throssell (USC Spartans, QLD)
Ariarne Titmus (St Peters Western, QLD)
Madi Wilson (Marion, SA).
Originally published as The Australian swimmer loses qualifying time after stopping the race two laps to spare