By Shane Jones
Bundaberg’s Isaac Cooper has won a bronze medal and he didn’t even have to race to do it.
Cooper got the medal after the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay finished third in the race behind Great Britain and China.
The 17-year-old wasn’t in the race with Kaylee McKeown doing the backstroke leg, his leg, and Matt Temple (butterfly), Emma McKeon (freestyle) and Zac Stubblety-Cook (breastroke) doing the other legs.
Australia was fifth, heading into the final 100m, before McKeon flew in her leg to chase down and get third.
She was 0.09 seconds away from getting the silver.
Cooper won’t receive his medal on the dais with the rest of the team, he’ll get it on another occasion before he leaves.
The swimmer has now finished his program after not being involved in the heats in the 4 x 100 medley relay for men last night.
He is the first Bundaberg athlete in 17 years to win a medal after Troy Elder, in hockey, won gold at the 2004 Games in Athens.