Nobbs finishes agonisingly close to Australian podium

WITHIN INCHES: Emily Nobbs (right), pictured with Kinross coach Kim Taylor, celebrated a remarkable fourth at the national titles, just missing a podium finish. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
WITHIN INCHES: Emily Nobbs (right), pictured with Kinross coach Kim Taylor, celebrated a remarkable fourth at the national titles, just missing a podium finish. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Less than one tenth of a second.

That’s all that stood between Kinross and former Jets star Emily Nobbs and a podium finish at the 2017 Australian Age Swimming Championships at Brisbane Aquatic Centre this week.

Nobbs was as close as it comes to stealing bronze, ultimately finishing .05 of a second behind third-finisher Caitlin Leslie in their girls’ 15 years 100 metre breastroke final on Tuesday night.

To put that miniscule margin into perspective, with the naked eye the victor Nobbs and Leslie’s race for third was impossible to determine.

Incredibly, the Orange superfish almost didn’t make it to the final at all. She swam well in the preliminary races to clock 1.14.98 and qualify eighth, of eight, for the final.

She was more than half a second adrift of the seventh-finisher and just 0.03 of a second in front of the ninth, sneaking her way in.

Then in a massive showing she defied the odds and swam more than two seconds faster in the final, clocking 1.12.77 to finish fourth and just miss out on a medal. She was just under two seconds behind the gold medal winner Chelsea Hodges (1.10.88).

The nationals continue until April 23. Nobbs’ Kinross teammates Josie Gillham, Ben Gillham, Oliver McLaughlan, Ethan Crisp, Jade Brown, Georgie Lewis and Tom Geyer are all competing too.