16 April 2013
The main casualty was rising star Myles Brown, who missed out on qualifying for the world showpiece in Barcelona in July by 0.25 seconds in the men’s 400m freestyle event.
A burst pipe at the Newton Park swimming pool saw the usually clear swimming pool turn grass green a day before the start of the championships.
Earlier yesterday, the smoky water looked to have subsided, but by the evening it seemed to get worse and, coupled by the overhead lights, made it difficult for swimmers to see under water.
“I’ve been in great form leading up to this and it was a really early swim this morning… I swam into the lane rope a couple of times and my last turn was really bad, I turned on the wall,” Myles said about missing out on the qualifying time.
“To miss out by 0.3 seconds is quite hard and I just couldn’t see anything and it is unfortunate that I missed out.”
Brown won the race in a time of 3:49.80 and was followed by Mark Randall (3:57.31) and Ayrton Sweeney (3:58.29). The 20-year-old believed he would definitely have qualified for the event had the water