16-year old sensation Kyle Chalmers has demolished the Australian Age Record for 16-year old boys by swimming a 48.89 in the semi-finals on Saturday and to make himself the second qualifier through to the final at the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships & World Championship Trials.
That annihilated the old age group record of 49.70 done in 2011 by Cameron McEvoy – the one swimmer who was faster than Chalmers on Monday evening in Sydney, now at 20-years old.
In terms of stature, McEvoy and Chalmers couldn’t be more different. McEvoy is somewhere around 6 feet tall, which is considered small for a male sprinter of his caliber. The wunderkind Chalmers, on the other hand, is already somewhere north of 6’4″, with massive size 15 feet.
Together, however, the young two seem poised and perched, ready to take over the Australian sprinting group from James Magnussen, who was equally talented in a similar age bracket, but was only 49.11 in these semi-finals to sit 4th and in position to battle for a relay spot.
Though there is no fool-proof database of global times for 16-year olds, as far as we can tell, this makes Chalmers the youngest swimmer to ever break 49-second in the event. The next-fastest 16-year old that we could find was American Caeleb Dressel, who swam 49.28 in 2013.
See full Monday recap, including all 16 semi-finalists faster than 50 seconds, here.