Needing a personal best time to secure a spot on the Australian Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 200m butterfly, David Morgan did that just that - swimming a 1:55.63 to sneak under the qualifying standard by 0.12 seconds. In an enthralling final Morgan and good friend Grant Irvine dragged each other to the wall and both booked their tickets to Rio.
In his Games debut, Morgan took home bronze as part of the men’s 4x100m medley relay team, alongside Jake Packard, Mitch Larkin and Kyle Chalmers. The USA grabbed the gold in 3:27.95 while Great Britain took silver in 3:29.24.
In his individual events, Morgan finished seventh in both his heat of the 200m butterfly and in the 100m butterfly semi-final.
Born in Wales, Morgan’s mother Amanda James competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics for Great Britain at just the age of 15. Both Jake Packard (58.84) and David Morgan (51.18) produced solid swims to keep Australia within reach of a medal and then it was left to Chalmers to bring them home.