Menu
Sport

Moment of truth for our 1500m hope

Jarrod Poort
Jarrod Poort Ben Macmahon

FORMER Sunshine Coaster Jarrod Poort will be intent on making the most of his late call-up to the Australian Olympic team when he contests the 1500m freestyle in London tonight.

The 17-year-old (pictured) narrowly missed out on an automatic qualifying time when he won at the Olympic trials in March with an 11-second personal-best time of 15:13.38.

He attempted to make the A-qualifying time again after an intense training camp at altitude, but failed again.

He was handed a lifeline, however, in the form of a discretionary invitation to the Games from the world swimming body, FINA, last month - a decision that ensured Australian would maintain its proud tradition of contesting the event.

Having discovered his passion for swimming at Buderim, Poort now lives and trains at Wollongong under dual Olympian Ron McKeon.

He has been pitched into the same heat as world-record holder Sun Yang, of China.

Poort will take to the blocks at 7.24pm.

The final will be contested at 4.36am on Sunday.

Topics:  london olympics


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Region faces wild wind

DESTROYED: Half of the roof of the Moranbah home was ripped off from the 104km/h wind.

Moranbah residents say weather is worse than the cyclone.

Heroic rescue saves life

CLOSE CALL: Leslie Cruthers and Buddha at the spot the playful pup fell into the Nogoa River.

Kayakers rush to save dog walker clinging to riverbank.

National super star at age 13

Competing in Rotorua, New Zealand earlier this year.

Dingo local takes on international motocross competition.

Local Partners