Aussie Kyle Chalmers Puts Up 48.15 100 Free Marker At Japan Open

2023 JAPAN OPEN

A cluster of Australian competitors are racing at the 2023 Japan Open which kicked off today from the Tokyo Aquatics Center, host of the 2020 Olympic Games.

Among the visiting contingent is Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, with the 25-year-old sprinter wasting no time making his presence known in his pet event of the men’s 100m freestyle.

Racing in the morning heats, Chalmers established his dominance with a swift in-season time of 48.15. The Aussie opened in 23.39 and closed in 24.76 to easily take the top seed.

Of note, another foreign swimmer, Germany’s Josha Salchow, was also under the 49-second barrier with a speedy prelim outing of his own in 48.70.

Chalmers was a hair slower in the final but still grabbed the gold in a result of 48.28 (23.31/24.97). 24-year-old Salchow ripped a personal best to finish just behind him in 48.39 while Japan’s Tomonobu Gomi earned bronze in 49.00.

World rankings-wise, Chalmers inserts himself into the 7th slot while Salchow now ranks 8th in the world on the season.

2023-2024 LCM Men 100 Free

ZhanleCHN
PAN
02/11
WR 46.80
2Alessandro
MIRESSI
ITA47.6111/30
3 Nandor
NEMETH
HUN47.7802/15
4Matthew
Richards
GBR47.8202/15
5Sunwoo
HWANG
KOR47.9302/15
6Thomas
CECCON
ITA47.9710/07
7Chris
GIULIANO
USA47.9811/18
8David
POPOVICI
ROU48.0101/28
9Andrej
BARNA
SRB48.0202/15
9 Haoyu
WANG
CHN48.0209/24
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Additionally, Chalmers’ 48.15 result checks in as his 2nd-best swim ever outside of a state championship or major international meet. He already clocked a time of 47.69 this past May while competing at the 2023 Sydney Open.

Of note, Chalmers’ teammate Matt Temple won the B-final in a time of 48.83, the 4th-quickest time of the Olympian’s career.

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kurtmillshanson
2 months ago

Chalmers is 7th in the world rankings – what a pointless stat based on some arbitrary ‘season’ after he won the world title just 4 months ago in a 47.15 – swimming is not football just do the rankings on calendar year.

swimmer
2 months ago

It’s Chalmers front front half that will be the make or break for his 100 fs. It looks like he can always come back in around mid 24s no matter what he goes out in but if he cannot improve his front end speed there’s no way he wins the olympics next year. It’s his weakness in the race. You can only go so fast in a 100 before your 50 time needs to become faster so your 100 time can continue to drop

ice
2 months ago

And Singapore’s Letitia Sim finally cracks the Olympics A cut in the 100 Breast, after having come so close at Asiad and the world cup

Boomer
Reply to  ice
2 months ago

Woah! What did she go

ice
Reply to  Boomer
2 months ago

1:06.36

bubbles
Reply to  ice
2 months ago

YAY! congrats to her

Sub13
2 months ago

This is great, but the biggest Aussie news was Williamson’s 59 low PB in the 100 breast. If he can develop that a touch more then he likely takes the Paris medley spot from ZSC

Emily Se-Bom Lee
2 months ago

the nsw meet entries are out. some absentees from qld states:
c2
grant
buckingham
de luutis
da silva

simpson, wunsch, woodward, champion are backing up after qld states. simpson is only entered in the 100 fly. wunsch’s 50 free clashes with her program at qld states, haven’t noticed any clashes otherwise

Last edited 2 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee

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