Aussie teen ready to make big splash

AUSTRALIA could finally have unearthed the next world distance champion, with Gold Coast youngster Jordan Harrison producing a stunning swim to take out the 1500m at the national short-course championships in Adelaide.

The 19-year-old cut an astonishing 17 seconds off his personal best to take gold in 14 minutes 26.21 seconds, the fastest time in the world in the past two years.

It also made him the second-fastest Australian 1500m short-course swimmer of all time.

The only Aussie to have gone faster was Grant Hackett who set the world record of 14:10.10 in Perth in 2001.

Harrison's time shaved 0.31secs off Kieren Perkins' best time set in Auckland in 1993.

The teenager (pictured) is trained by Denis Cotterell, the same man who took Hackett to Olympic and world championship glory.

The swim earned Harrison a place in Australia's 20-man team for the world short course championships to be held in Doha from December 3.

One person who is unavailable for the world titles, but won all five events she contested in Adelaide, was Commonwealth Games golden girl Emma McKeon.

The 20-year-old, who won four gold and two bronze medals in Glasgow this year, took out the 50m and 100m butterfly, and the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Backing up soon after winning the 100 butterfly on the final night, McKeon set a new record in the 200m freestyle, stopping the clock in a time of 1:52.59 to lower the record of 1:53.29 held by former Olympic star Libby Trickett.

Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships gold medallist Bronte Campbell took the sprint queen crown in the final of the women's 50m freestyle with a personal best time of 23.88, the fourth-fastest of all-time by an Australian.

Emerging star Mitch Larkin also set the crowd alight in the final of the 200m backstroke.

The New South Welshman took almost a full second off the Australian record he set at a World Cup meet in Beijing just last month, recording a new mark of 1:47.72, the sixth-fastest of all-time.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Grant Irvine also earned a place on the Australian team after winning the 200m butterfly in 1:52.37, becoming only the third Australian to go under 1:53.00.

Australian team for world short course titles: Matthew Abood, Bronte Campbell, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Ellen Fullerton, Katie Goldman, Jordan Harrison, Sally Hunter, Grant Irvine, Mitch Larkin, Travis Mahoney, Cameron McEvoy, David Morgan, Leah Neale, Jake Packard, Kylie Palmer, Leiston Pickett, Emily Seebohm, Daniel Smith, Brianna Throssell, Madison Wilson.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU



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