Other than having one of the crucial eye-catching names of any athlete, Aussie breaststroker Zac Stubblety-Cook dinner has put himself in lights in Tokyo.
The 22-year-old gained Thursday’s 200m breaststroke final with an excellent swim that handed him the Olympic document — and a gold medal — within the course of.
It capped off beautiful run of kind that started a number of months in the past and continued towards the world’s finest this week.
The Queenslander shocked all people by clocking the second quickest time in historical past with a 2:06.28 at choice trials in Adelaide in June. Solely Russian Anton Chupkov has ever gone faster together with his world document swim on the 2019 world championships.
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It got here after Stubblety-Cook dinner shocked even himself with a pointy 2:07:00 on the Sydney Open a month earlier.
“Sydney was fairly a little bit of a confidence increase, going 07 and going the identical back-end as Chupkov — I began pondering ‘if I’ve obtained extra relaxation I can exit a bit faster and have that velocity a bit simpler’,” Stubblety-Cook dinner stated at trials.
“It’s thrilling however I’ve simply obtained to take it on my stride and carry on the method.”
That’s precisely what he’s accomplished and Stubblety-Cook dinner’s development to the 200m breakstroke ultimate was textual content e-book.
He was equal-fastest qualifier in 2:07.37 in heats and went 0.02 seconds quicker in semis to be the quickest qualifier into the ultimate — proving too scorching to deal with for Chupkov, who surprisingly didn’t make the 100m breaststroke ultimate.
Stubblety-Cook dinner appeared he nonetheless has lots left in reserve and seemed to tempo his races to perfection, indicating he’s nicely and actually capable of deal with the stress of the most important stage.
That proved to be the case on Thursday morning as he timed his swim for a fierce ultimate push within the final 50m to win by nearly a second forward of the Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga and Finland’s Matti Mattsson with a time of two:06:38.
Whereas he’s come nearly out of nowhere as a world menace within the occasion, Stubblety-Cook dinner has been creating on the Australian scene for a while.
He made his Dolphins debut on the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Video games, competing within the 200m breaststroke heats earlier than successful a silver medal on the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo a yr later.
Stubblety-Cook dinner obtained one other style of big-meet expertise on the 2019 phrases in Gwangju, South Korea ending fourth behind Chupkov and fellow Aussie Matt Wilson, who was second.
His fast development has now culminated in an Olympic gold medal on Thursday. It’s doubtless individuals will begin speaking about extra than simply his identify:
Australia had not had an Olympic champion within the 200m breaststroke since Ian O’Brien at Tokyo 1964, with Brenton Rickard successful silver at Beijing 2008.
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