Chalmers Hits 47.48 To Beat Gold Medal-Winning Time From Rio

2019 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

On the heels of Matthew Wilson’s monster 2:07.16 swim in the men’s 200m breaststroke to become the 4th fastest performer of all-time, 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers produced something special in the men’s 100m freestyle tonight.

Competing at his home pool on night 2 of the Australian National Championships, 20-year-old Chalmers cranked out an unbelievable 100m freestyle time of 47.48, beating his gold medal-winning time from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Chalmers’ time from Rio was 47.58, so he was faster by a tenth this evening.

Tonight the Marion swimmer split 23.08/24.40 to crush the field, with Cameron McEvoy hitting the wall well over half a second later in 49.07.

For Chalmers, his time represents the fastest in the world by a long shot, maintaining his post as the top dog in the world with his 2nd sub-48 second time of the year. His previous top mark of the season was the 47.89 produced at the NSW Championships.

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Chalmers’ 47.48 outing this evening in South Australia now checks the lizard king and aspiring AFL player in as the 11th fastest performer of all-time, relegating American icon Michael Phelps to slot #12.


											
										

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Miss M
2 years ago

Made it look easy. As a back end swimmer it was interesting to see him go out a bit faster.

The Ready Room
Reply to  Miss M
2 years ago

Might have been an illusion. He wasn’t out under 23… just looked really fast next to the field.

Verram
2 years ago

Great swim!!! Sets it up well for Tokyo hopefully

Though I wish there were more men into 48s territory with him in this race… for relay sake

Verram
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Let’s hope so .. and I’m hoping jack Cartwright and James Magnussen will also return by June Trials

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

I’d say Ashton Brinkworth has a better chance at making the team than Magnussen does. He’s much younger (just turned 19) and did a 49 flat in the prelims and will likely drop time as he gets older. Doesn’t help that Magnussen is losing motivation.

Verram
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

Yeah I was hoping he would at least do a 48.99 swim Brinkworth but he regressed in the finals .. maybe nerves

Troy
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Cartwright was missing but yeah there’s not as much depth at the moment.

Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

good to see the old man’s still got it!

torchbearer
2 years ago

Great swim by Chalmers, he really carries himself so well in the media, so chilled…
St Peters with no Campbells in their team just knocked out a 3.36 4x100m relay,,,would have been just behind Sweden at the last Olympics! Impressive!

Chlorine
Reply to  torchbearer
2 years ago

Campbells were in the race and finished second to st peters western in qld they swim for knoxx nsw now

Samesame
Reply to  torchbearer
2 years ago

Knox Pymble had the 2 Campbell’s. It was St Peters Western with Titmus and Jack that did 3.36. Watch out for young Meg Harris in the future too – she was also on the St Peters team and split 54.47 .

Troy
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

Where’d you see the splits?

Love to Swim
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago
Troy
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

No splits showing for the 4×100 relay.

Samesame
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

Meet mobile

torchbearer
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

Corrected – was over excited in the stands!

nuotofan
Reply to  Samesame
2 years ago

And, above all, Meg Harris swam 54.48 in yesterday B-final.
A lot of interesting things Down Under, great to see towards Worlds in Korea (Fukuoka2001 was very successful for Australian Swimming, who knows that Gwangju2019 will be one of the best Worlds in the last decade?).
1) A Womens 400 free relay almost unbeatable: 6 women under 54″, with McKeon and Jack super, at their PBs, beyond Cate Campbell. If Bronte will be healthy for swimming trials (good that they are in June) and Worlds, what a WR they could swim at Worlds!
2) Kyle Chalmers stronger and stronger. He’s far quicker in the first 50 that at Rio2016, so that he can swim a PB in-season,… Read more »

Robbos
Reply to  nuotofan
2 years ago

Very good summary, would like to add Chalmers 100 & Winnintons 400 looks good for the 200 free & relay when you add Horton as well as Cartwright, TFH Graham & McEvoy

Troy
2 years ago

Doesn’t seem like we’re gonna see peak McEvoy again. Nice to see Titmus do a PB leading off the 4×100 club relay dropping a second down to 44.20.

ITR
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

This makes me so sad. I have been rooting for him for years. Fastest textile and definitely the nicest swim to date I have ever seen.

Verram
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

Wow nice anchor split by Shayna Jack (52.67) which is the first time she has split that fast in a relay (sub 53) so correct me if I’m wrong .. Cate split “only” 52.48 in comparison which is slower than her individual winning time

Troy
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

It’d be great if Bronte regains form for the worlds and they can push that relay record down under 3.30

Anonymoose
Reply to  Troy
2 years ago

I see what you did there

Flystyler
2 years ago

Great time, but honestly I would not count on australians putting out fast times when they matter. Remember when McEvoy put out the fastest time of 47.04 before the rio games and everyone was saying he would win but ultimately let us down, I don’t know about chalmers because he surprised us, and we have not really seen him in LCM except Pan Pacs. But the australians need to work on siwmming fast when it matters. so at this point my bet is still on dressel beating out chalmers at the world champs.

Verram
Reply to  Flystyler
2 years ago

How many times has dressel come close to that 47.17 since?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Dressel had an accident last year before Pan Pacs- so there was no chance he was swimmng close to that 47.17 – Where were you last year ? watching baseball ? LOL

Chlorine
Reply to  Flystyler
2 years ago

Maybe Kyle will surprise you again!

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Flystyler
2 years ago

Yes King Kyle may not be able to swim well when it matters. He only won gold at Rio Olympics and beat Dressel at last year’s Pan Pacs.

Riley
Reply to  Flystyler
2 years ago

I think you’re getting Chalmers confused with McEvoy and Magnussen because Chalmers has been clutch every single time it’s mattered…

ITR
Reply to  Riley
2 years ago

I mean Magnussen was back to back World Champ in 11′ and 13′. That’s not too shabby. In London he got beaten by Adrian who was in the shape of his life. He has also never been close to that 47.5 since.

Togger
Reply to  Flystyler
2 years ago

“We have not seen him in LCM except Pan Pacs”.

And that time he won Olympic gold.

More Aussies have a choking problem than other countries. But this guy’s not one of them.

bear drinks beer
2 years ago

King Kyle said after race that he felt lethargic and heavy in the water because he had no taper, and he didn’t expect this result at all.

Dan
2 years ago

is there a link to the finals now when the session is over?

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Dan
2 years ago

There is, but you can’t replay it yet. It only worked a few hours after the day 1 finals finished so it’ll probably be the same this time. You need also an Australian VPN to view it. Try it in a few hours time: https://7plus.com.au/australian-swimming-championships

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

It’s working now.

Troy
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

Men’s 100 free is at 41:50

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