Kingscliff’s Matthew Abood.
Kingscliff’s Matthew Abood. Scott Powick

He's fast, just not fast enough

MATTHEW Abood was one of five swimmers to break the 49-second mark in the men’s 100m freestyle final at the Australian Swimming Championships, but he wasn’t fast enough for a place on the podium.

The Kingscliff product finished fifth in a race won by James Magnussen in the fastest time recorded over the distance in the world this year.

Magnussen powered home in 48.29 seconds, followed by James Roberts (48.72) and Eamon Sullivan (48.89).

Abood started from lane five as the second-fastest qualifier, after swimming 48.69 in the semi-finals, a time that would have earned him second place in the final as well.

The 24-year-old looked disappointed as he contemplated his performance in the final moments after touching the wall.

The event doubles as the World Championships selection trials, and it is unlikely Abood will get a swim over the 100m at the event.

But his Australian championships campaign is not over yet, as he still has the 50m freestyle to swim over the next two days.

Abood was 2009 Australian champion over that distance and is every chance of taking it out this year.

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