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Cody Simpson's lifelong dream of representing his country on the biggest swimming stage will finally come true.
The pop star has successfully qualified for the Commonwealth Games and World Titles, finishing third in the 100-metre butterfly finals at the Australian Swimming Championships.
“I didn’t even think I’d be remotely competitive until this year at the earliest, so to make the team is just a bonus on the way to Paris,” Simpson said on Amazon Prime Video.
Matthew Temple clinched first with a time of 51.50 seconds, while fellow Olympian Kyle Chalmers clocked a time of 51.67 seconds meaning he came in second place.
As for third, well, that belonged to a global music megastar by the name of Cody Simpson who touched the pool wall at 51.96.
Cody Simpson takes third in the Men’s 100 butterfly final in 51.96 and although there isn’t a “Q” next to his name on this graphic since Chalmers isn’t going to the Commonwealth Games…Cody Simpson likely just made a Senior International Team 🥶 pic.twitter.com/E8WZ1SkIgm— Kyle Sockwell (@kylesockwell) May 18, 2022
“We have a singing dolphin in the pool here in Adelaide!” Jon Harker said in the commentary booth.
Technically the top three finishers all qualify for the Birmingham Games while the top two head to the word championships in Budapest, but because Chalmers isn't attending the world titles, he sacrifices his spot on the team for Simpson.
Simpson fell agonisingly short in his quest for a spot on the Aussie Olympic team heading to Tokyo last year, but this latest performance certainly silences all his doubters.
Cody Simpson's transformation from pop star to swimming sensation is complete.— 9News Australia (@9NewsAUS) May 18, 2022
The celebrity booked a spot in the Australian team at the Commonwealth Games swimming trials in Adelaide tonight. @mikelorigan #9News pic.twitter.com/OzgbClSlV2
A talented swimmer growing up, Simpson soon found himself in the international spotlight when his musical talents propelled him into superstardom.
He has since switched his focus from the recording studio to the pool in pursuit of a spot on the Australian swimming team.
And with legendary US Olympian Michael Phelps reportedly in his corner giving him all the best tips and tricks, combined with his clear dedication and drive, it's easy to see why Simpson has come on leaps and bounds since rediscovering his love for the sport.
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