Britt heads for a crack at Worlds
NOOSA'S Olympic gold medallist Brittany Elmslie, who starred at the Australian Swimming Championships nailing
gold in the 50m butterfly,
has now booked herself a spot on the Australian Dolphins team for the World Championships in Budapest this July.
This follows on from her breakthrough performance last December when she produced an imposing performance to win the women's 100m freestyle short course world title in Canada.
The 22-year-old stopped the clock in 51.81sec, to stave off Dutchwoman Ranomi Kromowidjojo by 0.11sec, with the host country's Penny Oleksiak finishing third (52.01).
Elmslie turned in fourth place before surging to the line in one of the best displays of her career.
The epic achievement came just 18 months after a breast cancer scare temporarily forced her out of the Australian team.
Elmslie said it was the strength of the domestic competition she faced against world-class competition without leaving Brisbane that had prepared her so well for the final.
"Every time I get up to race I am racing Cate and Bronte (Campbell sisters) and Emma (McKeon) so this isn't really any different,'' Elmslie said.
"It didn't overwhelm me.
"I just got up there and focused on myself and put together a good four laps and did a PB, which is exciting.''
She also acknowledged the contribution of her
coach David Lush, who helped her hone her
starts and turns to
best advantage in the short-course pool.
"We have staked our claim to the 100m freestyle and we have for many years and I think it's something that we pride ourselves on,” she said.
Elmslie, who forged her skills in the pools of Noosa, already boasts a string of medals from major international meetings. She wants to push on to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
"I have always said I wanted to go to three Olympics ... so I will be trying to achieve that,'' she said.
She claimed gold medals as part of Australia's 4x100m freestyle relay teams at the 2012 Olympics in London and at the 2016 Games in Rio, where they broke the world record.
She is also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist in relays. Elmslie is now apart of Speedo, but she began swimming at the age of 13. Elmslie had an active childhood, especially thanks to her "mum,” who was a swim teacher. She is also pursuing a business degree at Griffith University