WHO IS ELIZABETH DEKKERS? 20-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN SWIMMER WHO HAS QUALIFIED FOR 2024 PARIS OLYMPICS

The Australian Swimming Trials are in progress, with the country's best and brightest swimmers all battling it out for a coveted place on the Australian Dolphins Swimming Team for the Paris Olympics.

Whilst some of the heavyweights like Ariarne Titmus and Kaylee McKeown have stolen the headlines, some newcomers have also made waves in the pool.

Lani Pallister earlier in the week overcame significant health issues to qualify for her first Olympics campaign, and last night a young gun by the name of Elizabeth Dekkers also secured her ticket to Paris with her performances in Brisbane.

The Sporting News breaks down her career to date.

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Who is Elizabeth Dekkers?

Elizabeth Dekkers is a 20-year-old swimmer who grew up in South Brisbane and has been swimming from a young age.

She came to prominence at the junior levels, where she was a roommate with current treble world record holder Mollie O'Callaghan, most prominently in 2021 when as a 16-year-old she was already beating the Olympic qualifying time.

Whilst she just missed out on making the plane to Tokyo, she has gone from strength to strength since then, participating at the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

She has also featured at the Australian National Championships in 2023, and has excelled in the 200m butterfly race.

Has Elizabeth Dekkers ever won a Gold medal in swimming?

Despite her lack of Olympic experience, she has had great success at other tournaments since 2021, most notably in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

In her first ever appearance at the games, she won the Gold medal in the 200m butterfly, with a time of 2:07.26.

She also came incredibly close to a similar result in last year's World Championships in the same event, but she was beaten by Canada's Summer McIntosh in the final and instead won the silver medal.

How did Elizabeth Dekkers qualify for the Paris Olympics?

Elizabeth Dekkers was able to secure her place on the Dolphins Swimming team on June 13 after easily beating the qualifying time for her pet event at the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane.

With a qualifying time of 2:07.72, Dekkers smashed it, finishing with a time of 2:06.01 in the final to stamp her ticket to France.

She qualified alongside Abby Connor, who also easily cleared the qualifying time, and will also be appearing at her first ever Olympic Games.

When does the swimming at the Olympics begin?

The final swimming events at the 2024 Paris Olympics begin on July 27th, and will go on all the way through to August 9th, with 37 events in total.

Australia won nine medals in the pool last time, and with many of those swimmers returning in Paris, expectations for the Dolphins are very high.

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