2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #4 – KAZAN
- Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30th
- Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
- Prelims: 10 am local / 3 am ET
- Finals: 6 pm local / 11 am ET
- SCM (25m)
Tonight it was mission accomplished for 23-year-old Kyle Chalmers, as the Australian pumped out a shiny new World Record in the men’s short course meters 100 freestyle.
While competing on day 2 of the final FINA World Cup stop in Kazan, multi-Olympic medalist Chalmers blasted a time of 44.84 to not only stand atop the podium here but also stand atop the list of fastest men ever in the event.
His time overtakes the previous storied World Record of 44.94, a time Frenchman Amaury Leveaux put on the books over a decade ago in 2008. Since then, many have come close, including Russia’s Vlad Morozov who hit 44.95 in 2018 but the record stood tall…until tonight.
Chalmers set the 100m free dominance stage early, having claimed the top seed of the morning in a time of 46.74. That was a relaxed swim from the South Aussie who established a new Australian national record and Oceanic continental record with a blistering 45.03 last week in Doha. That time checked in as the 3rd fastest performance in history.
After registering a new Aussie and Oceanic record in the 50m free yesterday here in Kazan, Chalmers publicly took aim at the 100m free World Record, with his PB standing less than .10 away entering this meet.
Split comparison below shows how Chalmers roared out in the front half, dropping jaws with a big-time 21.40 before clocking 23.44 on the 2nd 50.
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Current World Record
Chalmers took the 100m freestyle Olympic gold medal in Rio 5 years ago at just 17 years of age, whereas he settled for silver at the 2020 Games in Tokyo behind American Caeleb Dressel.
It’s important to note that Chalmers has had a series of heart surgeries since Rio, all addressing his Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT). He also underwent shoulder surgery in November 2020.