Australian water polo Olympian Tilly Kearns shows off her shocking injuries after playing a match against China
- Australian water polo star Tilly Kearns is targeted by Chinese players
- Kearns, 23, showed off his battle scars on social media.
- Representing Stingers at the World Aquatics Championships in Japan
Australian water polo star Tilly Kearns has displayed her graphic injuries online following a recent match against China at the World Aquatics Championships in Japan.
The Stingers won the Pool A match in Fukuoka 11-7, and the 23-year-old is unlikely to forget her time in the pool anytime soon.
Kearns took to a social media post and shocked his followers on TikTok and Instagram by showing off the number of deep scratches on his chest.
Under the rules of the sport’s governing body, competitors are supposed to have their nails checked before games, but Kearns confirmed that didn’t happen before the game.
‘No nail control’, #waterpolo’, the center forward posted online after the bruised encounter.
Australian water polo star Tilly Kearns has shown off her graphic injuries (pictured) following a recent match against China at the World Aquatics Championships in Japan.
The 23-year-old also confirmed on social media that the China players’ fingernails were not checked before the Group A clash in Fukuoka, which is against the rules of the sport.
Kearns (pictured right) was a member of the Australian Stingers team that competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where they finished fifth.
‘I love playing in China, I love it. ‘[They are my] favorite team to play for’, he added in a sarcastic tone.
Australian water polo great Deb Watson responded to Kearns’ post, declaring: ‘I hope you got some betadine’, while water polo fan Frank Ramos spoke for many when he said: ‘Damn. That’s terrible.’
Kearns was a member of the Australian Stingers team that competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where the team finished fifth.
They were eliminated in the quarterfinals after losing 9-8 to Russia.
The daughter of Australian rugby union great Phil Kearns will now be looking to participate in her second Olympic Games in Paris next year.
Meanwhile, Australia moved on to the round of 16 at the World Aquatics Championships after finishing second in their pool behind the USA.
They will then face Israel on July 22 for a spot in the quarterfinals.