When you are ranked No. 1 in the world — and you just knocked the champion out of the ring — there’s no point trying to fake it anymore.
Australia’s newest swim sensation Elijah Winnington is just finding that out.
Thanks in part to the global pandemic, the 21-year-old has been able to keep a relatively low profile in the build up to the Tokyo Olympics — but not any more.
His cover is well and truly blown after his stunning performance at the Australian trials — when he posted the fastest time in the world for two years to head into Tokyo as the early favourite to win the 400m freestyle.
No-one is counting any chickens yet because the 400m is always a tough race, testing both speed and stamina, but the stars are lining up for Winnington.