Mollie O'Callaghan Wins 200m Freestyle at Australian Swimming Championships with World's Fastest Time

Mollie O'Callaghan, 20, sets world's fastest 200m freestyle time, beating Olympic champ Titmus. Solidifies her status as top contender for Paris 2024 gold.

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Mollie O'Callaghan Wins 200m Freestyle at Australian Swimming Championships with World's Fastest Time

Mollie O'Callaghan Wins 200m Freestyle at Australian Swimming Championships with World's Fastest Time

Mollie O'Callaghan, the 20-year-old world record holder, won the women's 200m freestyle title at the 2024 Australian Open Championships in Gold Coast with a time of 1:53.57, the fastest time in the world this year. She beat her compatriot and defending Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus, who finished second in 1:55.38. Lani Pallister took the bronze in 1:55.99.

O'Callaghan's time was the second fastest of her career, just behind her own world record of 1:52.85 set at last year's world championships. It was also the 7th fastest performance in history and surpassed the previous season's best of 1:54.08 set by Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey.

Why this matters: O'Callaghan's performance solidifies her position as the top swimmer in the 200m freestyle event and sets her up as a strong contender for the gold medal at the upcoming Paris Olympics. The Australian Olympic selection standard of 1:56.59 was easily met by the top finishers, who will now battle for the two individual spots and the 4x200m freestyle relay team.

The national championships are separate from the Olympic selection trials, which will take place in Brisbane from June 10-15. Other notable performances at the championships included Kaylee McKeown winning the 200m backstroke in 2:03.14, a new Australian record, and narrowly missing her own world record of 2:03.14. Kyle Chalmers claimed gold in the men's 100m freestyle in 47.63, and Emma McKeon won the women's 100m butterfly.

"I'm really happy with that swim," O'Callaghan said after her victory. "I've been training really hard and it's great to see it pay off. I'm excited for the Olympic trials and to see what I can do there." Coach Dean Boxall praised his young star, saying, "Mollie is an incredible talent and she's only going to get better. She's got a bright future ahead of her."

Key Takeaways

  • Mollie O'Callaghan, 20, won the women's 200m freestyle at the 2024 Australian Open Championships.
  • Her time of 1:53.57 was the fastest in the world this year and the 2nd fastest of her career.
  • O'Callaghan beat defending Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus, solidifying her as the top 200m freestyler.
  • Kaylee McKeown set a new Australian record in the 200m backstroke, narrowly missing her own world record.
  • The Australian Olympic trials will take place in June 2024, with the top finishers securing individual spots.