Aussie singer Cody Simpson, Miley Cyrus’ ex, qualifies for Olympic swim trials in 100m butterfly
The 23-year-old revealed on Instagram he had returned to his “first love” of swimming, cutting his career short when he broke out in music via YouTube as a 13-year-old.
But after spending five months back in the pool, Simpson has now qualified for the trials in the 100-metre butterfly.
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Simpson did not post his time, however to qualify for the trials in the 100 fly, a male swimmer must beat the qualifying time of 56.87 seconds.
Singapore’s Joseph Schooling won Olympic gold in Rio in the 100 fly with a time of 50.39, with Michael Phelps, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh tying for silver with 51.14.
Australia’s best performer was David Morgan, who was the ninth-fastest semi-finalist with a time of 51.75, missing the final by .02 seconds.
“I’d love to share this personal milestone and let you in on my current journey as an athlete that I’ve kept relatively low key until now,” Simpson posted.
“Growing up competing, and then inevitably having to cut my career short as 13 year old Australian champion when I was given an opportunity in music that I couldn’t refuse! I have had the chance to experience so much as a musician from touring in arenas around the world, releasing top 10 albums, playing a leading man on Broadway, publishing a work of poetry, travelling with and speaking at the United Nations on environmental and oceanic matters and much more.
“Now almost exactly 10 years later, here I am once more. For years I had been fuelled by the silent fire in my stomach of returning to my first love, the sport of swimming, with the idea that 2020 would be my year to have a crack at training again.
“After only 5 months back in the water training with my incredible coach (Brett Hawke), I was able to take out a win and secure a spot at next years Australian Olympic trials in the 100 fly.
“It is my greatest ambition to expand the limit and perceived notion of what’s possible for a man to achieve in a single lifetime, and I’m here to tell you can do absolutely ANYTHING if you are willing to work for it. I’m looking forward to seeing where this all takes me on the long road ahead!”
The Australian Olympic swim trials are scheduled to be held between June 12 and June 17 in Adelaide. The Tokyo Games are scheduled for July 23 to August 8.