2016 HANCOCK PROSPECTING AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Thursday April 7th-Thursday April 14th
- SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre – Adelaide
- Prelims – 11 am local (9:30 pm EDT previous evening); Finals – 7:45 pm local (6:15 am EDT)
- Australian Olympic Qualifying Criteria
- Psych Sheets
- Program of Events
- Live stream
- Live results
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.