Cody Simpson and Kyle Chalmers failed to qualify for the 50m butterfly final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s surprise.
The pop star and Superfish competed in a separate semi-final on Saturday morning (AEST), finishing sixth and fifth respectively.
Fellow Aussie Matt Temple also missed out, finishing sixth behind Chalmers.
Simpson was a surprise entrant in the event following Isaac Cooper’s withdrawal and was happy to secure two major race spots ahead of the 100m butterfly.
“I’m having a great time so far,” Simpson told Channel 7, adding it’s good to get that under his belt earlier in the week.
It comes after Chalmers entered the semis on Friday night in an impressive heat.
Swimming legend Ian Thorpe said on Channel 7 Commentary that he was “surprised” to see Simpson’s quick reaction time out of the blocks because it didn’t seem overly rude, but it wasn’t enough that the former singer couldn’t keep up with the singer. The best of the field from the full 50m.
Simpson was 10th in the heat, just 0.05 seconds off his personal best time.
“It’s pretty wild,” he said on Channel 7: “You dream about it, hopefully you get here and wear the country.”
“Being here is special. The unquenchable is the unquenchable fire. I had to scratch. 2024 will be a bonus.
“I came here to try to get as much experience as I can. I was so relieved when they told me I could swim the 50… a great way to feel good about the pool.
Simpson is far away at Sandwell Aquatic Center in Birmingham.
The 25-year-old’s journey from music artist to superstar caught the attention of Australia this year after qualifying for the Commonwealth Games at the Australian Swimming Championships in May.
After joining the Dolphins squad as the third-fastest swimmer in the 100m butterfly – his pet event – Simpson is expected to be a bit of a footnote in the gold rush the Aussie team is expected to deliver at the Commonwealth Games.
But now he has the opportunity to compete in four events and chase four medals as his own.
The program will suddenly explode.
A teenage Cooper was forced to compete in the 50m butterfly after being ruled out of the Commonwealth Games due to health challenges “including drug use”. Simpson was the fourth fastest swimmer at the national championships behind Kyle Chalmers, William Young and Cooper.
Simpson got his chance to win a medal in the relay.
Daily Telegraph Reports of late entries in the men’s and mixed team relay series forced the Commonwealth Games to expand its broadcast schedule to include heats that would allow more countries to compete.
That means Simpson is suddenly a very real option to swim the butterfly leg in the men’s 4x100m medley relay heats. He was third fastest at the national championships, but national champion Matt Temple and Chalmers are expected to take a break from the heat before swimming in the final.
Simpson is being considered for a spot in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay as a heat swimmer. He was the eighth fastest swimmer at the National Championships.
Simpson will receive any medals awarded by Aussie relay teams in Birmingham.
Australian head coach Rohan Taylor has indicated that he wants to choose a different line-up for the heats and finals to keep his athletes fresh.
His comments will be sweet music to Simpson’s ears.
“The medley relay is chosen by form so it comes down to where it ends. Taylor said we will have a heat group and a final group so there will definitely be an opportunity there Daily Telegraph.
“Cody has a really generous, humble personality, always smiling, always encouraging and supportive.
“It was fantastic, no problems at all. It was a pleasure to meet him. “