The 24-year-old Australian singer, who became an Olympic hope, failed to qualify for the postponed 2020 Games at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in Adelaide on Thursday evening.
It took Simpson less than 51.7 seconds to crack a ticket to Tokyo.
He failed and hit the wall with 52.94 seconds – he finished last in the final behind Australian swimmer Matthew Temple, who broke an Australian record with a time of 50.45 seconds and got him a place on the 35-man swim team secured that will compete in Tokyo.
Simpsons last time was 1.14 seconds behind qualifying time for Tokyo. He moved into the final with the sixth fastest overall time and was third in his run with a time of 52.84 seconds – almost one second faster than his previous best time.
Simpson, ex-boyfriend of Grammy winner Miley Cyrus, contemplated his Olympic trip after failing to qualify.
« What an experience to race in my first Australian Olympic tests, » he wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.
“Reaching a final was our goal this year and with less than a year of training we did just that. I’ve come so much further this year than I expected, and it’s a privilege to drive the best in the country, ”he continued before thanking his new coach Michael Bohl. </ P The pop star also thanked former Australian Olympian Brett Hawke, with whom he trained ahead of the Australian Swimming Championships in April, and training partner Matt Targett, "for pushing me back to the US every day during COVID."
Simpson, who returned to swimming last year, initially had his sights set on qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, but was pleasantly surprised when he got a chance at the Games this summer. At a young age he was a junior champion and record swimmer.
He impressed when he qualified for the finals of the 100m butterfly competition at the Australian Trials in Adelaide.
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