18 year-old swimmer Ashton Brinkworth has impressed at the recent Junior Pan Pacs in Fiji winning the 50m freestyle title.
The UWA-West Coast product was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag at the opening ceremony in Suva and he enjoyed a busy swim schedule at the Championships, competing across seven events.
His program was highlighted by a gold medal success in the final of the men’s 50m free, where he overcame a slow start to mow down the field and touch home for gold in 22.72secs. USA’s Drew Kibler and New Zealand’s Michael Pickett rounded out the podium.
This had followed after he narrowly missed a medal in the final of the men’s 100m free earlier in the meet, where he finished behind American champion Drew Kibler in fourth place (50.24).
The dasher – who trains under Michael Palfery – was also part of two medal winning relay teams for Australia.
He collected silver as lead out swimmer for the Australian 4x100m team that clocked a combined time of 3:20.86mins. Brinkworth bettered his effort from the individual final, clocking a slick time of 50.12.
He was also part of the 4x200m relay where the Australians were strong enough to pocket bronze.
In addition, he swam in the men’s and mixed 4x100m medley relays, with Australia finishing fourth in both finals.
Brinkworth will next compete for Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina which start in early October.
Originally published at: http://www.wais.org.au/other/news_detail.php?id=9874
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