CHAMP: Lani Pallister, right, with Emma O'Cronin. Picture: Swimming Australia Ian MacNicol.
CHAMP: Lani Pallister, right, with Emma O'Cronin. Picture: Swimming Australia Ian MacNicol.

Pallister stars for Australia at junior world championships

SWIMMING: Sunshine Coast teenager Lani Pallister says she wanted to make a statement at the junior world championships.

The 17-year-old has starred at Budapest, claiming gold medals and meet records in the 400m, 800m and most recently the 1500m.

The Cotton Tree swimmer continued to emerge as a contender for the Tokyo Olympics with her efforts in the latter, where she became the fourth fastest all-time Australian female over the distance (15:58.86).

She also moved into the Australian all-time top four for the 800m earlier in the week, when she clocked 8.22.49.

And Pallister notched an impressive 4:05.42 for the 400m.

“It (the meet) is something I’ve been looking forward to since April and after the disappointment of missing out on the open team, I wanted to come here and make a statement,” she said via Swimming Australia following that race.

“I want to be able to throw my hat in the ring for the Olympic trials next year.”

She said she was relishing competing for Australia.

“The team atmosphere is so amazing and looking up at them before I raced (in the 400m) and seeing them all screaming was so exhilarating,” she said.

Pallister also has silver medals from the 4x100 and 4x200 freestyle relays.

National youth coach Glenn Beringen told the Daily earlier this week Pallister was “most definitely” in the selection frame for next year’s Olympics.

But she faces some tough competition.

Australia’s current female distance swimming ranks are particularly strong.


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