Chalmers Clocks World’s First Sub-48 100 Free Of 2020


The 2020 South Australia State Championships brought us another day with 21-year-old Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers in the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre pool, representing his Marion Swimming Club in spades.

After already reaping individual gold medals across the 50m fly (23.48), 200m fly (2:00.37) and 400m free (3:53.66), despite the latter 2 races representing ‘off’ events, Chalmers was more in his element on day 4 with the 100m freestyle.

King Kyle established himself as the man to beat in the morning heats, reaping the only sub-49 second time, and sub-50 second for that matter, with a solid 48.50. Splits for his morning effort included 23.40/25.10 as an opening swim that would rank him 6th in the world among performances registered since September 2019.

However, the man had designs on one-upping himself in the final, dipping under the 48-second threshold to nail a gold medal-worthy 47.99. Splitting 23.05/24.94, Chalmers scored the first sub-48 second time of the calendar year 2020.

He ties Russia’s Vlad Morozov as the 3rd fastest swimmer since September 2019.

Top ‘3’ Men’s Performers in LCM 100 Freestyle Since September 2019

Rank     Time      Name                           Team   Meet Name Meet                                        Date
1             47.69      Apple, Zach                USA     2019 Toyota U.S. Open Atlanta USA     12/07/2019
2            47.78      Grinev, Vladislav       RUS     2019 World Cup – Kazan Kazan RUS     11/02/2019
3            47.99      Morozov, Vladimir    RUS     2019 Word Cup – Budapest HUN           10/05/2019
3           47.99    Chalmers, Kyle      AUS     2020 South Australia State AUS   01/21/2020

For perspective, at this same meet in 2019, Chalmers clocked a morning swim of 49.41 before sitting out of the final. He became the 2nd fastest Australian ever in a textile suit with his monster 47.08 silver medal-winning time behind America’s Caeleb Dressel at the 2019 World Championships.

Just for fun, I looked at Chalmers’ fastest 100m free time in January 2016, the year he took Olympic gold in Rio. He was 49.30 at this same competition on January 20th of that year.

Not to be missed on the women’s side at this 2020 meet, however, was a nice swim by Chalmers’ significant other, Madi Wilson. The 25-year-old punched a 200m free time of 1:57.09 to top the podium, representing one of three swimmers in the open final under the 2:00 threshold. Joining Wilson was Mikkayla Sheridan in 1.58.66 and Leah Neale in 1:59.88.

Wilson owns a personal best of 1:56.85 logged at last year’s World Championships Trials. However, she showed up big-time for Australia as a member of her nation’s 4x200m free relay in Gwangju, splitting 1:56.73 on the 2nd leg to help bring them to a new World Record of 7:41.50.

In the women’s 17-18 age category, backstroke ace Kaylee McKeown took the top prize in a mark of 1:58.82 to get to the wall well over 3 seconds ahead of the field. That represents McKeown’s first time ever under 2:00, with her previous PB represented by the 2:00.96 posted at the Aussie World Trials last year.

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Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Goodness. He wants gold.

Ol’ Longhorn
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1 year ago


Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 year ago

46.3 incoming haha

Reply to  Kevin
1 year ago

Dressel 46.2

Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

A better answer would be 46.3, wow, wonder which of Chambers & Dressel will get there first?

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Will be an ask but given his 2019 showings, he’s not going to go down without a fight, barring further health issues. Will be interesting to see if he seeks out further race opportunities between now and selection and whether we see similar better “in-season” times to what we saw in 2019. Not overly bullish on AUS M4X100 unless 1-2 others can also step up and at least threaten 48flat

Reply to  commonwombat
11 months ago

He will race NSW Open Champs in March and Sydney Open Meet in May like he did leading into Worlds Trials last year. Most the Australian Athletes will race both of these

1 year ago

FWIW there were 4 under the 2:00 threshold. Kaylee McKeown went 1:58.82 in the next age group down which was a 2 second PB.

Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Can she join the 4×200 free discussion?

Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

I think she’ll have a good chance of making top 6 if she can drop some more time. I’m not sure if that’s her goal though, since she has about 3-4 individual events she could aim for, as well as the medley relay.

Reply to  BairnOwl
1 year ago

While I agree top 6 would be her chance. She may go for this as she has the opportunity for gold as Australia is probably slight favourite over the US. Whereas, the medley relay, the Aussies will be competitive, they don”t match the US. Plus I think McKeown is a better 200 (back, IM & free) then 100 (back) swimmer.

Reply to  BairnOwl
1 year ago

It’d be her best opportunity to collect a gold medal and fitting a single heat swim in her schedule would be easier than 3 swims for the 200 im.

Reply to  BairnOwl
1 year ago

Whilst she has the very real possibilities of 4 individual swims (100/200bk, 200/400IM); I strongly suspect that she may only pursue the backstroke events or at very most add the 200IM. With regards to 4×200 duty, she certainly may enter calculations should she drop some more time. At this point, barring unforeseen circumstances Titmus and McKeon are certs; Wilson has shown at PP & Worlds that she can perform on the big stage and Throssell was outstanding at Worlds. Ideally they would like more than just the top4 below 1.57, with 1.57 low being the “pass mark”. 2019’s heat swimmer, Neale, has a history of not delivering so it would be hoped that at least 2 out of the likes… Read more »

1 year ago

Not to take away from Chalmers great 47.99, but has Dressel swam a LCM meet this season yet where he actually swam his primary 3 olympic events?

Corn Pop
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

You could look up the rankings.

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