The Australian swim team have won a gold medal in the relay at the Commonwealth Games despite an awkward love triangle causing drama among some of its members.
Body language from the swimmers on Friday night suggested tensions were running high between a former pop star turned swimmer who has dated Miley Cyrus, his 11-time Olympic medallist girlfriend and her bitter ex.
Aussie star Emma McKeon, who won seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics, dated fellow medley team member Kyle Chalmers for a few months last year.
Since splitting, McKeon has started a relationship with pop star turned swimmer Cody Simpson, who was a child prodigy in the pool and has now returned to the sport.
Exes McKeon and Chalmers joined Mollie O’Callaghan and William Zu Yang in the final of the 4x100m mixed medley relay at the at Sandwell Aquatics Centre but were the only team not to raise their hand in unison before the race kicked off.
Then, despite snagging the gold medal, the celebrations were tinged with awkwardness as McKeon and Chalmers did not shake hands after securing victory on day one of the Birmingham Games.
Aussie sprinter William Yang and young gun Mollie O’Callaghan were both quick to shake McKeon’s hand but Chalmers wasn’t interested, instead chatting to the Canadian team.
O’Callaghan then stood between the former couple as the team collected their medals on the podium.
At a subsequent TV interview, Chalmers made sure Yang and O’Callaghan were between him and one time flame McKeon, who is now dating pop star turned swimmer Cody Simpson.
Chalmers also made no reference to McKeon and O’Callaghan when reflecting on the team swim.
‘It is (a bit different swimming in the middle) but it’s still against the boys, right?’ he said.
‘You are still racing against those fastest boys, anyway, so it doesn’t feel that much different.’