HardCore Swim of the Week: Chalmers shows flashes of Thorpedo speed in taking down legendary age marks

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This week’s HardCore swim comes from Down Under, where the pool action has been heating up the past several weeks around the Australian Open Championships and the Australian Age Championships, still ongoing in Sydney.

One swimmer starred at both competitions, and though he showed that even at age 15 he could hold his own against the big dogs of Australian swimming, his HardCore swim came earlier this week in the age group competition.

Kyle Chalmers is looking more and more like the real-deal, up-and-coming star of Australian swimming every day. This week, he broke both sprint freestyle age records for the 15-year-old division with flying colors, taking down the 100 mark twice in the same day and leaving it at a blazing 49.68. (He also went 22.68 for the 50 free record the next night).

Of course, any discussion of rising Aussie freestylers wouldn’t be complete without the name of the country’s most recent swimming legend coming into the mix. It certainly doesn’t hurt Chalmers’ reputation that both records he broke previously belonged to five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe. Between prelims and finals, Chalmers took over a half-second off the Thorpedo’s 100 mark, inspiring plenty of speculation about just how fast the new sprinter on the block could wind up going.

You can read more about his record here, but one of the most impressive parts of Chalmers’ swim was that he also went faster than the 16-year-olds’ record. Though he can’t officially add that record to his collection until he actually turns 16, Chalmers is faster now than Cameron McEvoy, himself an exciting young swimmer down under, went as a 16-year-old to set the mark. Chalmers and McEvoy could very likely turn out to be relay teammates at the next Olympic Games, a promising and exciting youthful combo for a country that lives and breathes swimming.

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bobo gigi
6 years ago

Race video?

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

so hardcore they wouldn’t allow video of the race. lol

6 years ago

I have been at the meet all week. Although people love the sprint free swimmers Chalmers swim probably wasn’t even the best swim of the meet so far. This kid Matthew Wilson took almost a second off the 100 brst record for 15’s going a time of 1:03.51. The kid who came second (another kid with huge potential) also went under the old record. He also grabbed a bronze in the 100 free behind Chalmers, plus he won the 400 IM in a really impressive 4:27, and was a finalist in the 400 free. He also just also swam a 2:20 in the 200 breaststroke this morning. And is a heavy favourite and potential record breaker in the 200 IM… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  Jo90
6 years ago

My favorite event is the 400 IM so I don’t have any problem with that.
But 49.68 at 15 in the 100 free is much more impressive than all the performances you mention.
Just my opinion.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I agree with you, however the most impressive bit is the quip about him stepping up his training to 5 days a week! This is either a very good Aussie wind up, or he is a phenomenal natural talent.

Reply to  Billabong
6 years ago

It is no joke. The guy is a man child. He is a man swimming amongst boys in his age. Has an awesome feel for the water and gets a tonne out of his legs. He is also extremely just generally powerful and athletic. I can’t confirm but there are rumours circulating that his swimming career is reaching it’s end due to massive interest from afl clubs. The article at bottom says the opposite but the feeling within the Australian swimming community is that they will lose the kid. Real shame. I have been around swimming a fair while. Wilson’s 3 swims (1:03.51, 2:17[in final] breaststrokes and 4:27 IM). He is also fastest seed for the 200 IM tonight and… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  JO90
6 years ago

Thanks for the news.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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