Chalmers Answers Dressel’s 200 Free PB With New Lifetime Best 50 Free

2019 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

As a reminder this meet is NOT a World Championships qualifying affair. The Australian World Championships Trials take place in June.

On the heels of American Caeleb Dressel firing off his fastest 200m free ever, in-season to boot, halfway around the world his speeding bullet rival Kyle Chalmers of Australia threw down a personal best of his own.

While competing on the final night of the 2019 Australian National Championships, 20-year-old Chalmers produced his quickest 50m freestyle to do date, a time of 22.07 to win the gold in South Australia at his home pool.

The 2016 100m free Olympic champion wrapped up his remarkable 4th national title at these championships with this win, having claimed the 100m free, 200m free and 100m fly throughout the 6-day competition.

Entering these Nationals, Chalmers’ personal best in this 50m free event rested at the 22.13 he threw down just this past January at the South Australian Open States. Prior to that, you’d have to go back to the 2016 and 2015 for his lifetime bests, which were 22.15 and 22.19, respectively. The latter time was logged en route to the gold at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Singapore. At that competition, Chalmers took home an incredible 7 medals, including double gold in the aforementioned 50m free and 100m free.

With his 22.07 tonight, Chalmers now inserts himself into the world rankings as the 11th fastest swimmer, fittingly just .01 ahead of Dressel.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 FREE

2Vlad
Morozov
RUS21.5504/12
3Shinri
SHIOURA
JPN21.6704/07
4Caeleb
DRESSEL
USA21.6904/12
5Benjamin
PROUD
GBR21.7101/26
6Maxim
LOBANOVSKIJ
HUN21.7903/27
7Michael
ANDREW
USA21.8304/12
8Kristian
GKOLOMEEV
GRE21.9103/17
9Brad
TANDY
RSA21.9204/12
10Nathan
ADRIAN
USA21.9411/29
11Michael
CHADWICK
USA21.9604/12
12Luca
DOTTO
ITA21.9804/02
13Katsumi
NAKAMURA
JPN22.0502/16
14Leonardo
DEPLANO
ITA22.0604/02
15Kyle
CHALMERS
AUS22.0704/12
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Observer

…and Dressel laughed at it…

Ol' Longhorn

When the defending Olympic champ is gaining raw speed — his weakness — that should be a cause for concern for motorcycle man.

bear drinks beer

This comment section makes me laugh. Dressel is always in hard training while others are always tapered lol.

Observer

‘MERICA!

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s obvious. Chalmers isn’t rested right now. Neither is Dressel. But it doesn’t matter because neither one will be rested at World’s either. If they’re smart, they’ll be doing the two-year training block leading up to Tokyo with no rest in between. Then in Tokyo, they won’t be rested either. Resting is a myth. No one is ever rested, no one ever has been and no one ever will be.

Observer

The last time any coach seriously considered a two year training block it was during the cold war

Robbos

haha

sorry

locate tried to do 4 years if i remember correctly lol

Tim

Yeah and he was dead after 1 event in London.

Snarky

22.1 might make the A final at US trials next year. Might.

Rafael

And Titmus just split 53 on a relay…

Old Man Chalmers

Harkin almost dq’d the team with a +0.08 RT, she’ll have to work on that if she swims the breast leg in the future

Coach Mike 1952

Looks like we have the potential building for a lot of good swimming this summer!

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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