Shayna Jack, Sam Short impress on day two of Australian Championships

Shayna Jack, right, was too fast in the women's 50m freestyle beating Meg Harris and Cate Campbell.

Shayna Jack, right, was too fast in the women's 50m freestyle beating Meg Harris and Cate Campbell. Photo: AAP

With the lure of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, Shayna Jack  outsprinted a top-quality field to take out the women’s 50m freestyle at the Australian Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast.

After the disappointment of losing to Mollie O’Callaghan in the 100m the night before, Jack touched the wall first on Tuesday ahead of Meg Harris and Cate Campbell, who is eyeing a fifth Olympics appearance.

Determined not to repeat her errors from Monday, Jack set down the gauntlet with Australian team selection just eight weeks away.

“Tonight was really good, it was nice to get my hand on the wall first,” said the Queenslander.

“Last night was a bit disappointing because I made the wrong decisions, so it was nice to correct it and get my hand on the wall first.

“The women in Australia are the best in the world and it’s great to have so many people from around Australia that we can verse at these competitions, see where we’re at and then continue to progress forward to (World Championship) Trials.

“Since 2021 and me coming back every strategic plan has been building up to Paris, so every lesson learnt, every race and all those opportunities we get to practise and fine tune it’s all leading up to that trials for Paris,” she said.

There was success again for 19-year-old Sam Short, who had clinched the men’s 400m freestyle 24 hours earlier by going quicker than Australian all-time great Grant Hackett.

Short took out the 1500m in style, delivering a sub 15 with a time of 14:58.90.

“I’ve never gone sub 15 (minutes) untapered, I did 60 kilometres last week, three main sets,” said Short, adding he was pleasantly happy with his early form.

“In 48 hours I’ve done two solid 400s (freestyle) and 200 (freestyle) this morning. It’s been a big 48 hours and to go sub 15 after that, I’ll take it.

“It was a surprise, I knew I could go a very good time, I’ve been training really well, I didn’t think I’d PB.”

With the event doubling as Australian team selection for the Para Swimming World Championships to be held in Manchester from July 31 to August 6, dual Paralympian Katja Dedekind claimed two gold medals to book her spot.

The Australian team for the World Championships will be named on Thursday.

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