Cody Simpson’s dream to represent Australia has come true.
The pop star swimmer did exactly what he wanted when he dived into the Birmingham pool at the Commonwealth Games on Friday night.
Swimming as a late replacement in the 50m butterfly, Simpson advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday morning (AEST).
Aussie star Kyle Chalmers finished as the fastest swimmer after winning Heat 7.
Matt Temple was also the fifth fastest qualifier. Simpson finished 10th, just 0.05 seconds off his personal best time.
“It’s pretty wild,” he said on Channel 7.
“You come here and dream about it, hoping to 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… It’s a great way to enjoy the pool.”
Chalmers swam a personal best time of 23.45 in the dash and dash.
His show headlined a great morning for Australia at Sandwell Aquatic Centre.
Australia dominated the 200m freestyle heats, with the three fastest qualifiers heading into Saturday morning’s final.
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Ariarne Titmus is the woman to hold after winning Heat 4 in a time of 1:55.68.
Molly O’Callaghan was second fastest and Madison Wilson was third fastest.
Superstar Emma McKeon also destroyed the field in the women’s 100m butterfly heats and was the fastest qualifier for the semi-finals on Saturday morning. Brianna Throssell was third fastest.
In the first forum, Australia had three swimmers in the men’s 400m final. There is a strong chance Australia will take all three medals at the event, but Northern Ireland’s Daniel Wiffen has qualified quickly.
Mack Horton finished second in Heat 2 with a time of 3:47.54, the second fastest finisher.
Olympic champion Ilya Winnington won heat 3 with the fastest time. Sam Short was fourth fastest. The final will take place on Saturday morning (AEST).
Kiah Melverton in the women’s 400m. Canadian teenager Freak Summer McIntosh was the second fastest qualifier in the individual medal race, finishing five seconds off the field.
Meanwhile, Simpson is far in the pool.
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.
However, he now faces the prospect of competing in four events and chasing four medals in the Sandwell Aquatic Center pool.
The Simpsons program suddenly exploded.
TEENAGE sensation Isaac Cooper has been allowed to compete in the 50m butterfly at the Commonwealth Games after being suspended 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. “