Kai Taylor does mum Hayley Lewis proud with 200m freestyle win


Kai Taylor has the prospect to emulate his swimming-great mom Hayley Lewis after reserving his ticket to the world championships in Japan with victory within the males’s 200m freestyle on the trials in Melbourne.

Like his mom, who gained the identical occasion as a teen on the 1991 world titles in Perth, 19-year-old Taylor took gold from lane eight after he initially missed qualifying for the ultimate.

A then 16-year-old Lewis swam within the outdoors lane to upset American legend Janet Evans for gold.

Taylor was gifted a spot in Wednesday evening’s closing when Kyle Chalmers withdrew to focus on the remainder of his program.

The Queensland teen made essentially the most of his probability to guide at each flip to the touch house in a single minute 46.25 seconds.

Taylor, who gained the occasion on the nationwide titles in April, admitted he was in tears after initially misjudging his warmth to complete ninth quickest.

However he was thrilled together with his efficiency within the closing.

“This morning was a disappointing swim and there was slightly little bit of tears however fortuitously Kyle pulled out which bought me an eighth spot and that took the stress off me slightly bit after my win at nationals,” Taylor stated.

“I feel he was all the time going to tug out however the truth that he did, it meant the world to me and I’ll undoubtedly be sending him a message.”

Bursting with pleasure his triple Olympian mom watched from the stands after giving her son some recommendation earlier than the race.

“Regardless that she’s a legend of the game she simply desires me to be joyful,” Taylor stated.

“She instructed me to do my factor, be calm, however she did nonetheless point out that nice issues occur from lane eight.”

In different outcomes on Wednesday evening, Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown posted the third quickest time in historical past within the 100m backstroke closing.

McKeown stormed house in 57.50, simply 0.50 seconds off her personal world mark of 57.45.

Mollie O’Callaghan was second in 58.42, each effectively inside Swimming Australia’s qualifying time for Fukuoka of 59.99.

“It was good to get all the way down to that point, the 57 lows as I wasn’t anticipating that point,” 21-year-old McKeown stated.

“It’s all the time good to have Mollie pushing me alongside.”

Isaac Cooper revealed he was “virtually in tears” earlier than the ultimate of the lads’s 100m butterfly after drastically overhauling his coaching program and slicing again his kilometres within the pool.

The 19-year-old stated he had swapped laps for blended martial arts, tennis and browsing however nonetheless managed his quickest time in 15 months.

Tokyo Olympian Cooper touched in 53.46 – simply outdoors the qualifying mark of 53 seconds however will nonetheless be on the airplane to Japan.

“The previous couple of weeks have been demanding for me as I made a really drastic change to my program,” the 19-year-old Queenslander stated.

“For the final three months I began doing MMA, tennis and I’ve been browsing three to 4 occasions per week and utilizing these as coaching classes.

“Main into this comp I used to be nervous to see what my outcomes could be.”

Within the closing race of the evening former pop star Cody Simpson needed to accept fourth within the males’s 50m butterfly which was gained by Cameron McEvoy in 23.07 seconds.

In a blanket end Simpson clocked 23.48, 0.02 seconds behind second-placed Shaun Champion.




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