Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Michael Klim had his first competitive swim in 4 ½ years at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre last week and he showed his opposition that he will be a force to contend with at the Olympic Swimming Trials next year.
Klim, who is a member of the Nunawading Swimming Club, said after the race “now I can confidently say that I can try and match these guys in our lead-up races where we will be going head to head” referring to the other swimmers in contention for the 50m and 100m Freestyle events.
While there was an electronic timing malfunction on the timing board in his 100m freestyle swim, the 34-year-old father of three was recorded breaking 50 seconds in the race.
“I knew it was around 50 because when I looked up at the scoreboard after I touched it was ticking over to 50.1, 50.2 and when I leaned on the touchpad that’s when it stopped,” Klim said.
His time was recorded by his coach and sports science team around 49.8 seconds.
In the 50m Freestyle event Klim clocked a very fast 23.11 seconds and comfortably won the race.
While he was glad to get both swims out of the way, he is now very focused on training and racing hard in the 17 weeks leading up to the Olympic Selection Trials to be held in Adelaide in March next year. His goal to represent Australia at the London Olympics, having competed at the Athens Olympics in 2004 is one step closer after the swims.
Klim has since taken part in a National Sprint Camp in Canberra with the best male sprinters from around the country and is now back in training with Nunawading High Performance Coach Rohan Taylor, with their sights set in continual improvement over the coming months.