Kyle Chalmers Compares His Skills to Caeleb Dressel’s (Video)

Reported by Loretta Race.


Day 1 of the 2017 Australian Short Course Championships brought the heat, even with the 3-day competition not serving as a selection meet for the green and gold. As reported, Cate Campbell set the stage early on with a new World Record in the women’s 100m freestyle, cracking off an other-worldly time of 50.25 to eclipse Sarah Sjostrom’s (SWE) effort of 50.58 from just this past August.

C1, as Cate is known, is coming off a hiatus of sorts in that, although she competed at the Aussie Nationals in April, the 25-year-old opted out of making herself available for the World Championships. The mental and physical rest appeared to do the Commercial swimmer good, as she made her way back to racing across a few stops of this year’s World Cup series, followed up by the fastest 100 short course free ever clocked by a female here in Adelaide.

Runner-up in tonight’s 100m free was sister Bronte Campbell, the two-time World Champion at the 2015 edition of the Long Course World Championships. Against C1, C2 produced a silver medal-garnering effort of 52.01, followed by Olympic teammate and Budapest stand-out Emma McKeon‘s mark of 52.25 for bronze.

Also in the race was up-and-coming 18-year-old Shayna Jack, who made her Senior World Championships debut in Budapest.  Jack finished 4th tonight in a new personal best mark of 53.45.

The men’s 100m freestyle wasn’t quite as speedy record-breaking-wise, but was still a significant race nonetheless. A bearded 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers was back at it after having taken time out to tend to his SVT heart issue, which meant missing the World Championships.

After quietly returning to competition locally this past July, Chalmers claimed the 100m free national title tonight in a solid time of 47.72, although well-off his personal best of 46.12.

Splitting 22.80/24.92, Chalmers led a trio of Marion Swimming Club podium-makers, as teammates Andrew Aboodand Travis Mahoney finished right behind in respective marks of 48.06 and 48.17. Of note, textile world record holder in the event, Cameron McEvoy, and two-time World Champion and Olympic silver medalist in the event, James Magnussen, are not racing in the meet.

The Marion gang also raced on the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay where they, along with Grant Muller, collectively clocked a winning time of 3:16.85. Splits included 50.32 for Muller, 48.04 for Mahoney, 48.47 for Abood and 49.52 for Chalmers, who most likely shut it down as the squad won the race by over 2 seconds.

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  1. Pvdh says:

    Man he is JACKED

  2. Markster says:

    All these Aussies are so focused on their commonwealth performance however I think winning at pan pacs would be a much harder and more impressive feat. The USA competing makes a huge difference.

    • Oceanian says:

      It’s been a tradition for Australia’s athletes since the 1930s. Despite what we may think, for most ‘normal’ Australians it’s the most important competition outside the Olympic Games.

      • Robbos says:

        I would say the World championship has surpassed the Comm games, unless the Comm games is at home, which it is.

        • Oceanian says:

          I said for normal Aussies lol 😉

          • commonwombat says:

            It may’ve had that profile back in the 80’s and even into the early 90’s but the public “care factor” has vastly diminished as has the appetite for Olympics sports in general. Bad publicity, not just for swimming, has undoubtedly played its part but the general appetite for “circuses” just isnt there as the general public see areas of key infrastructure as far higher priorities for public sector $$$$

            Melbourne in 2006 was probably the last hurrah for GC in this regard but its rather OTT/high expense approach to hosting may indeed have proven fatal to the entire concept.

            There will be support and interest in the city/region that it being held (SE Qld) but other than absolute die hard fans or families of competitors; the level of visitors from other states isn’t likely to be any major uptick on usual.
            The level of corporate backing for these games has been very muted, as was the case for Rio. AUS TV rights-holders have lost millions on the last 2 Olympics and CGs.

            There are maybe 3 sports where the competition standard IS nigh World Championships level but only one of these is an Olympic sport (rugby sevens). In a few other events, the quality is maybe equivalent to a good intl meet/tournament and in those cases, is of some value to those sports.

            CG may or may not survive past 2018; for AUS it may be a case of leveraging as much as they can out of their semi acceptance into Asian Games (in those sports where they are already part of Asian confederations or where their OG qualifications is via Asia).

    • ben says:

      They’re hosting the next Commonwealth games. That’s a good reason to focus on those for the time being.

  3. Sir Swimsalot says:

    Dressel also has a INSANE tempo. His arms just don’t slow down.

    • crooked donald says:

      And he maintains it — and his speed — breathing every stroke cycle in the 100 until the last 20 m or so when he no-breaths it.

  4. Let\'s get schwifty says:

    How dare he compare himself to Calaeb

  5. straightblackline says:

    I can’t believe Kyle Chalmers said the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle before the Tokyo Olympics arrive! Australian swimmers need to get real. Yes, the Commonwealth Games is a traditional event but in the overall scheme of things it’s kinda Mickey Mouse. The Aussie coaches should start drumming it into their swimmers that the next big meet they should be focusing on is the the Pan Pacs later this year and then the 2019 World Champtionships before the holy grail of the 2020 Olympics.

    • commonwombat says:

      Amen brother !! Yes; you MAY see some fast times swum. You MAY actually see some competitive races …. but not that many. You may even see a WR swum but the depth of the fields is such that the best swimmers will be able to get away with loafing through the rounds; try that nonsense at Worlds & Olympics and you’re watching the final from the bleachers !

      Statements like Chalmers really do have you wondering just what planet some of these swimmers are living on. Sadly almost all AUS elite coaches are products of the highly insular AUS system and may lack the perspective to administer the much needed reality check.

      There is one means of delivering the necessary shock; by no means a pleasant one; but probably the most effectice …. via the hip pocket nerve but it would require Mr Verhaeren actually ramming it past Swimming AUS board and to the AUS Sports Comm. This is by linking swimmer funding to their performances at World events or, in off championship years, the most prestigeous international meet of the year and for AUS, the reality is that this is Pan Pacs. The days of a CG gold medal earning you a corporate sponsorship are long gone so “ye olde financial shock” therapy might need to be administered.

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