Chalmers Churns Out New World Junior Record In 100 Free (48.03)


While competing in Adelaide at the 2016 Australian National Championships, which serve as the nation’s Olympic Trials, sprinting stud Cameron McEvoy unleashed a gold medal-winning mark of 47.04, the world’s fastest textile 100m freestyle of all-time.

Charging to the wall in silver, however, was 17-year-old double World Junior Champion Kyle Chalmers, who rocked a man-speed-worthy time of 48.03 to clinch an individual spot on the Aussie Rio roster ahead of such heavily-experienced athletes as James Magnussen, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the event, and James Roberts.

Not only did 48.03 clock a monster personal best for Marion Swimming Club’s Chalmers, it also crushed a shiny new World Junior Record, shaving more than 3 tenths off of the old WJR mark of 48.25 held by Brazil’s Matheus Santana since 2014. Below is the split comparison between Santana’s and Chalmer’s quickest swims:

Santana – 23.51/24.84 = 48.25
Chalmers – 23.20/24.83 = 48.03

Of his race strategy, the teenage star said, “I had to stay calm in that first 50. I could see when I was breathing that I was pretty close to them which I knew was good for me because my back end is always the strongest part of my race. So I just enjoyed the race and enjoyed the experience racing against those bigger guys.”

Representing his South Australia, Chalmers stated, “It means a lot to me and also to the state. It’s good for me to get up there tonight and do it not just for me but for South Australian swimmers and people that have come out to support tonight.”

Chalmers’ time lit his previous personal best and 17-year-old Aussie age group record time of 48.47 on fire, making him the green and gold’s fastest 17-year-old in history. His time also surpassed the 18-year-old males’ age group record of 48.07, held by none other than McEvoy, possibly foreshadowing where we may be 4 years down the road preparing for Tokyo 2020.

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4 years ago

Santana wjr was 48,25 from Jr Olympics not 48,35 which was his maria lenk time from the same year

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Is Santana done for? I think he might be. No improvement for a while. Very disappointing.

4 years ago

Interesting to note: Grant Hackett has also said that Chalmer’s would’ve done a sub-48 if he hit the wall better. Apparently, Chalmer’s hit the wall too hard because he was too close (couldn’t see in the replay–the camera was focused on McEvoy). I’m honestly excited to see what us Aussie’s have got in store for those damn Yanks.

Reply to  grace
4 years ago

Chalmers will have opportunity to swim 47 in Rio.

Reply to  OntarioSwimming
4 years ago

The Yanks will be ready , be sure of that .

4 years ago

I see that you responded to me, but to give you the benefit of the doubt, were you responding to me, or to Grace?
Because I didn’t mention anything abut the Yanks or anything remotely related to the Yanks.

4 years ago

Yeah hopefully they can medal this year and get more than bronze

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