2021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS
- Saturday, June 12th – Thursday, June 17th
- South Australia Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Adelaide, Australia
- Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- 2021 Swimming Australia Olympic Nomination Criteria
- Meet Site
- Final Start List
- Live results
- Qualifying Criteria
- Day 4 Finals Live Stream (Amazon Prime required)
The reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 100m freestyle, Kyle Chalmers of Australia, did what he needed to do to notch his name on the nation’s roster for next month’s Games in Tokyo.
Competing in the final of the 1free tonight in Adelaide, the native South Australian punched a time of 47.59, easily clearing the field, as well as the Aussie-mandated qualification time of 48.33. And, the 22-year-old wasn’t alone, with Matt Temple also making the cut with a runner-up result of 48.32.
As for Chalmers, his post-race interview points to the fact that he is relishing the opportunity to compete in what he calls, ‘one of the greatest races in history’ come the 100m free in Tokyo. He’ll most likely have a repeat battle against American Caeleb Dressel while Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov and Italy’s Alessandro Miressi are also among the mix of would-be medal contenders.
Chalmerssaid he ‘came out tonight and did exactly what I had to do, just swim with intent and get myself fired up.’ Chalmers also says that having already qualified in the men’s 200m free, his first title of this meet, helped alleviate some of the pressure heading into this main event, fueling him to hit his first 47-point 100m free since he posted a 47.99 in January of 2020.
Chalmers says his skills have come a long way since Rio and acknowledges that executing one good dive and one good turn is all on him once the final race arrives.