After Mack Horton misses the qualifications for the Tokyo Olympics next month, Australian swimmers need to find a new poster boy.
The 2016 gold medalist, who defeated the controversial Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang and won the men’s 400 meters in Rio, failed to finish in the top two in a swimming trial in Adelaide, Australia.
Houghton hit the wall at 3:43:92 seconds, more than a second behind Elijah Winnington 3:42:65 and Jack McLaughlin 3:43:27.
Five Australians swam under the Olympic qualifying time, but only the top two were able to go to Tokyo.
His failure to qualify sent a shockwave to the entire Australian swimming team, and Houghton was one of the most famous faces.
Houghton, one of the world’s most famous swimmers after a peaceful podium protest in 2019, issued a statement to Chinese rivals after years of alleged doping.
Winnington’s time was the fastest in 2021 and was Australia’s fourth fastest fast after Ian Thorpe, Houghton and Grant Hackett.
Australian Swimming Championships, Mack Horton, Elijah Winnington, Sun Yang
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