Australia swim trials: Zac Stubblety-Cook gets world record; Cody Simpson may miss worlds

Zac Stubblety-Cook

Olympic gold medalist Zac Stubblety-Cook broke the men’s 200m breaststroke world record at the Australia Swimming Championships. Singer Cody Simpson might not go to the world championships.

Stubblety-Cook, who broke the Olympic record in Tokyo, lowered the world record to 2:05.95. He broke the record of 2:06.12 set by Russian Anton Chupkov in 2019. It’s the fourth time the men’s 200m breast record has been lowered since the start of 2017.

“I can’t really believe it, to be honest,” Stubblety-Cook, 23, said on Amazon Prime. “I was just, obviously, trying to swim fast here, and I didn’t think that fast.”

Stubblety-Cook now looks for his first world title in Budapest in June after placing fourth at the last worlds in 2019.

Chupkov, the reigning world champion from 2019, will not be in Budapest due to the national ban on Russia for the war in Ukraine. The top challenger may be Olympic silver medalist Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands.

Also Thursday, 2016 Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers said he may change his mind and decide to swim at the world championships after all. If he does, that would mean that Simpson, the pop star who returned to swimming in 2020 after a decade break, would not be in line for a roster spot.

Chalmers took second in the 100m butterfly at trials on Wednesday. Simpson took third. A nation can send two swimmers to worlds in individual events (provided they have the minimum qualifying time), so it appeared at the time that Simpson would ascend to the second spot with Chalmers expected to decline.

Swimming Australia said last month that Chalmers was bypassing worlds this summer while focusing on the Commonwealth Games in July and August. But on Thursday, Chalmers, after winning the 50m butterfly, said he had not made up his mind.

“I’m not sure,” Chalmers, who is coming back from December shoulder surgery, said on Amazon Prime. “Eight weeks ago, I wasn’t swimming at all. I didn’t know whether I’d be swimming at all this year. So I think, for me, it would have been disrespectful to everyone, really, to say that I was going to world championships and going for butterfly [not his primary stroke].”

Chalmers said he will talk to his coach.

“I’d love to be a part of the team,” he said. “I’ve earned my spot on the team, and we’ll see what happens over the next little period.”

Simpson is still in line for a spot on the team for the Commonwealth Games, where nations can enter three swimmers per individual event. How does Chalmers feel about Simpson possibly missing worlds?

“You can’t make me out to be the villain,” Chalmers said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “Yeah, it’s unfortunate that it probably takes Cody’s spot away, but it also takes away five other guys’ [places] who were in the race. It’s not just Cody. I think the hard thing is my training buddy Matt Temple is the Australian record holder who won his back-to-back [100m butterfly] title last night. There is no attention or hype around him, which is for me what I struggle the most with. It’s great there is eyes on me and Cody. The eyes deserve to be on Matt Temple.”

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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IOC board recommends withdrawing International Boxing Association’s recognition

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The IOC finally ran out of patience with the International Boxing Federation on Wednesday and set a date to terminate its Olympic status this month.

While boxing will still be on the program at the 2024 Paris Games, the International Olympic Committee said its executive board has asked the full membership to withdraw its recognition of the IBA at a special meeting on June 22.

IOC members rarely vote against recommendations from their 15-member board and the IBA’s ouster is likely a formality.

The IOC had already suspended the IBA’s recognition in 2019 over long-standing financial, sports integrity and governance issues. The Olympic body oversaw the boxing competitions itself at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 and will do so again for Paris.

An IOC statement said the boxing body “has failed to fulfil the conditions set by the IOC … for lifting the suspension of the IBA’s recognition.”

The IBA criticized what it called a “truly abhorrent and purely political” decision by the IOC and warned of “retaliatory measures.”

“Now, we are left with no chance but to demand a fair assessment from a competent court,” the boxing body’s Russian president Umar Kremlev said in a statement.

The IOC-IBA standoff has also put boxing’s place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games at risk, though that should now be resolved.

The IOC previously stressed it has no problem with the sport or its athletes — just the IBA and its current president Kremlev, plus financial dependence on Russian state energy firm Gazprom.

In a 24-page report on IBA issues published Wednesday, the IOC concluded “the accumulation of all of these points, and the constant lack of drastic evolution throughout the many years, creates a situation of no-return.”

Olympic boxing’s reputation has been in question for decades. Tensions heightened after boxing officials worldwide ousted long-time IOC member C.K. Wu as their president in 2017 when the organization was known by its French acronym AIBA.

“From a disreputable organization named AIBA governed by someone from the IOC’s upper echelon, we committed to and executed a change in the toxic and corrupt culture that was allowed to fester under the IOC for far too long,” Kremlev said Wednesday in a statement.

National federations then defied IOC warnings in 2018 by electing as their president Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan with alleged ties to organized crime and heroin trafficking.

Kremlev’s election to replace Rakhimov in 2020 followed another round of IOC warnings that went unheeded.

Amid the IBA turmoil, a rival organization called World Boxing has attracted initial support from officials in the United States, Switzerland and Britain.

The IBA can still continue to organize its own events and held the men’s world championships last month in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.

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