OFFICIAL: Australia’s Swimming Roster That Can Upset USA at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/09/2021, 4:01 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterdays announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)


In terms of swimming events in the Olympics, two nations dominate the sport. USA and Australia. While fans all over the world know Michael Phelps, the US swimming team will head to Tokyo to continue the legacy he created.

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On the other hand, Australians are team USA’s major rivals in the pool. The Australian Olympic Committee has announced a 35-member team that looks to set the Tokyo Olympics 2021 on fire.

So who are the members in the rosters heading to Japan?

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Australian Swimming Team:

Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell, Tamsin Cook, Madeleine Gough, Jessica Hansen, Meg Harris, Abbey Harkin, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown, Kiah Melverton, Leah Neale, Mollie O’Callaghan, Emily Seebohm, Jenna Strauch, Brianna Throssell, Ariarne Titmus, Madison Wilson, Kyle Chalmers, Isaac Cooper, Alexander Graham, Tristan Hollard, Mack Horton, Zac Incerti, Mitch Larkin, Se-Bom Lee, Cam McEvoy, Jack McLoughlin, David Morgan, Thomas Neill, Brendon Smith, Zac Stubblety-Cook, Matthew Temple, Matthew Wilson, Elijah Winnington.

Tokyo Olympics 2021: Dressel vs Chalmers

With the US men’s swimming team resting its shoulders on Caeleb Dressel, the 100-meter freestyle event will be epic. Despite Dressel aiming to win seven gold medals, Kyle Chalmers might have other ideas.

The 2016 gold-medallist from Rio 2016 looks to defend his title. However, with Caeleb Dressel producing some fine performances, this race will go down to the wire.

Jun 19, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel reacts after the Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

While Mack Horton failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle race, the 21-year-old Elijah Winnington hopes to win the event.

Horton was famous for standing against Sun Yang with his anti-doping antics. But his failure to qualify gives opportunities for Elijah and he would welcome the opportunity to showcase his talents in Japan. Chalmers and Elijah lead the Australian national men’s swimming team for Tokyo.

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Ariarne Titmus to unleash in Tokyo Olympics

While Chalmers is expected to compete with Dressel, Ledecky will have her hands full with Ariarne Titmus. The ‘terminator’ provided a shock for the swimming fraternity by defeating Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle event in Gwangju.

The world champion got defeated as the teenager provided a thorough thrashing and damped Ledecky’s hopes on defending her title.

Ariarne Titmus competes in a women’s 400m freestyle heat during day two of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 13, 2021. (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Likewise, Cate Campbell looks to win the freestyle events in Tokyo, as well. Appearing in her fourth Olympics, Cate won two bronze medals in Beijing 2008, a gold medal in London 2012, while also winning a gold and silver medal in Rio 2016.

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One of the most experienced swimmers on the roster, Campbell hopes to repeat her antics and win yet another gold medal in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.

Despite the US national team looking strong on paper, the continent from down under never backs down. Ian Thorpe is a perfect testament to their success in recent years. To sum up, the Australian national swimming team will hope to compete well in Tokyo and win several medals.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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