Kyle Chalmers Crushes Australian Record in 100 Free with 45.03

2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #3 – DOHA

Australian sprinter Kyle Chalmers swam a 45.03 in the 100 meter free in a short course meters pool on Friday at the World Cup stop in Doha, Qatar. That ranks him as the 3rd-fastest performer (and performance) in the history of the event, now two spots ahead of his main rival Caeleb Dressel.

All-Time Rankings (Performers), Men’s 100 SCM Freestyle

  1. Amaury Leveaux, France – 44.94 (2009)
  2. Vlad Morozov, Russia – 44.95 (2018)
  3. Kyle Chalmers, Australia – 45.03 (2021)
  4. Florent Manaudou, France – 45.04 (2013)
  5. (TIE)Nathan Adrian (2009)/Caeleb Dressel (2020), USA – 45.08
  6. Evgeny Lagunov, Russia – 45.36 (2009)
  7. Matthew Abood, Australia – 45.46 (2009)
  8. Tomasso D’Orsogna, Australia – 45.52 (2012)
  9. Stefan Nystrand, Sweden – 45.54 (2010)

The swim also breaks Chalmers’ own personal best of 45.54 that was set in 2018 at the Singapore stop of the World Cup series and Matthew Abood’s supersuited Australian Record of 45.46 that was set in 2009.

Comparative Splits:

Kyle Chalmers Kyle Chalmers
Amaury Leveaux
New Australian Record Previous Personal Best
Current World Record
50m 21.64 22.06 21.72
100m 23.39 23.48 23.22
Final Time 45.03 45.54 44.94

Chalmers has always been a strong finisher in the 100 free, but as he matures into his 20s, his front-end speed is continuing to develop and drive most of his time drops – both in long course and short course.

Morozov, who has been much better in the World Cup so far than he was in the ISL Regular Season, was 2nd in 46.31 on Friday. South Korean teenager Hwang Sunwoo was 3rd in 46.46, which crushed the former South Korean Record set by the country’s most accomplished swimmer in history, Park Tae Hwan. That old record was a 46.89 from the 2016 World Short Course Championships.

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Eric the eel > Phelps
3 months ago

goat

BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

>The swim also breaks Chalmers’ own Australian Record of 45.54
How is this the case if Matthew Abood swam a 45.46 back in ’09?

nuotofan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I also think so: November 2009, at fifth stage of Fina World Cup, 45.46 swum by Matthew Abood, and curiously with the same split at 50 m (21.64) that Chalmers had today for his great 45.03.

CRD
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

Yeah it’s a mistake. Chalmers never held the australian record until now.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  CRD
3 months ago

I see the story has been corrected.
Also, Amaury Leveaux’s time is incorrect (44.94 not 49.94)
I’m pretty sure Braden hates me.

HJones
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I believe AUS, like the US, didn’t recognize SC swims after the 2009 WCs as being valid to set national records. Wasn’t Adrian’s 45.08 not recognized as the AR when he set it at the duel in the pool? Maybe the AUS federation had the same policy.

Marklewis
3 months ago

So close to WR.

Are we going to get a Dressel vs. Chalmers rematch at SC Worlds?

whever
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 months ago

Only if there is an ISL playoff.
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Sub13
Reply to  Marklewis
3 months ago

Doubtful. Any Aussies who go to worlds risk being quarantined over Christmas / New Years. I’m not sure if any participants have been announced but I expect very few Aussies to compete.

Troyy
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

Chalmers said in a podcast that SC Worlds as in the plans but he also said in a different podcast that he was heading straight to Europe after Tokyo so …

Troyy
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

as = was

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

He also said he was going to Toronto to train for a week but ended up in Stirling so…

Tyson
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

Chalmers can return to NSW without having to quarantine so going off of that we may see some aussies go to sc worlds since NSW have announced hotel quarantine will be gone before Christmas

HJones
3 months ago

If you asked me two years ago if Chalmers would have a faster 100 SCM time than Dressel, I’d say you’d be crazy. Although Chalmers has his start and underwaters greatly improved, he’s like Agnel–not a guy you’d expect to be a SC monster, but knows how to keep his over-the-water speed in and out of the turns so well.

Mr Piano
Reply to  HJones
3 months ago

He was faster than Dressel off the 50 wall in 2021, he’s no worse on underwaters.

HJones
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 months ago

His underwaters were good off that turn for sure, but it’s comical to think that his underwaters are as good as CD. The only swimmer who really comes close to CD’s underwaters is Rylov.

PVSFly
Reply to  HJones
3 months ago

Stewart or Shields?

Mr Piano
Reply to  HJones
2 months ago

Chalmers himself said he gained on Dressel on the turn. And in 2019 according to an analysis he tied him exactly. A lot of people here don’t seem to know this, and just assume that Chalmers is inferior off the walls.

ZanBai
3 months ago

Chalmers was faster than Dressel at first 50m and slower at second 50m.
Really interesting.

Kelly
Reply to  ZanBai
3 months ago

And it’s interesting that chalmers has a faster SCM time and slower LCM time.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Kelly
3 months ago

well tbf they’re basically completely evenly matched in both lc and sc. just a few hundreds apart in each

HJones
Reply to  Anonymoose
3 months ago

Yes, but you’d expect that the guy who has the best underwaters and start we’ve seen would be faster in SC. LC, they are pretty evenly matched–if they swam the 100 FR LCM 10 times in 10 days, I think you’d get something like 6-4 in favor of CD.

Anonymoose
Reply to  HJones
3 months ago

true dat. maybe dressel hasnt done his best yet in the 100 free scm, at least not as much as in the 100 fly / 100 im scm

PhillyMark
Reply to  ZanBai
3 months ago

Dressel went a 45.18 shortly after breaking the WR in the 100 fly & 50 free last Nov. He swam his 45.09 the next day as his first event of the day 2. He definitely has the ability to dip under 45 but it would be quite a different feat during an ISL meet with so many high-level swims in such a short timeframe. Chalmers v Dressel during ISL playoffs should be something else with the form KC is in currently.

ytho
Reply to  PhillyMark
3 months ago

what is the date for Dressel vs Chalmers in the playoffs?

Troyy
Reply to  ytho
3 months ago

Nov 20-21

Big mac #1
3 months ago

Nuts

Tyson
3 months ago

Anyone else interested to see what Chalmers can do in long course fully tapered since he supposedly better there cause that was a freaking fast time he’s a shot at both the short and long course world records

Kelly
Reply to  Tyson
3 months ago

Wait didn’t he just do that in the olympics?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Kelly
3 months ago

He’s been going through a shoulder injury that didn’t allow him to get back to full training till just before trials. Honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see him pull out a 46.7 now that he’s back to normal. Dressel is going to have to clean things up if he wants to stay on top.

HJones
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 months ago

He had pretty invasive shoulder surgery in Fall 2020, along with two heart surgeries in 2017 and 2019. The fact that he was still able to be inches off the WR after THREE surgeries in the same quad is pretty damn impressive. If he can go a year or two without having to go under the knife, I don’t see why he can’t break the WR.

What still shocks me is that Chalmers is somehow 2 years younger than CD. If we follow the history of 100 FR swimmers, we have probably seen the fastest of Dressel in that race, and if Chalmers can stay somewhat healthy I would expect him to beat CD in 2023, if not 2022.

Joel
Reply to  Kelly
3 months ago

Shoulder injury. 0.06 behind after shoulder surgery

Carlo
Reply to  Kelly
2 months ago

Kyle chalmers had a heart surgery then as if that was not enough, a shoulder surgery. Such surgeries are the kind if things that end up causing athletes to retire.

The speed at which chalmers bounced back is actually surprising.

Vitto0113
3 months ago

Am I the only who think chalmers has improved dramatically underwater? He’s like doing 7/8 meters for every wall

Torchbearer
Reply to  Vitto0113
3 months ago

He must be working on his starts, turns and underwaters like crazy to get that extra 0.1 he needs to beat Dressel! His swimming speed is just fine.

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