Kyle Chalmers Most Likely Bypassing Budapest World Championships

 

Australian mega star Kyle Chalmers spoke to SwimSwam earlier this week, discussing everything from his Tokyo performance to his shoulder injuries, as well as what his plans are for the summer.

In the interview, the 23-year-old revealed he will most likely not be aiming for a spot on the nation’s roster for the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest. He will instead focus on continued shoulder rehabilitation en route to taking on the Commonwealth Games.

“When Worlds was still on the books (for Fukuoka), I was in the water really pushing it. But the canceling of worlds put the fact I haven’t had a break since March of 2020 into perspective and now I want to take the time to see friends and family.”

“My biggest goal is Paris 2024, that is what I want to win, so taking time out now to unwind, have a hard reset, will only help me be successful there.”

Chalmers already missed the FINA Short Course World Championships to undergo surgery, so this makes the second major championship that the sprint ace has decided to skip.

Swimming events, including para-swimming, are scheduled to span Friday, July 29th through Wednesday, August 3rd in Birmingham. At the last edition of the Games on the Gold Coast, Chalmers took the 200m freestyle gold while settling for silver behind Scotland’s Duncan Scott in his signature 100m free event.

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Ervin
8 months ago

Obviously the situation is different specifically for Chalmers, and this Olympic quad has unique circumstances…but historically why does Australia prioritize the Commonwealth Games so much?

Gheko
Reply to  Ervin
8 months ago

Because of the history and its every 4 yrs.

Troyy
Reply to  Ervin
8 months ago

Because it actually gets TV coverage in Australia while outside the swimming community Worlds might as well not exist. Also should remember that this is Comm Games’ year and it only comes every four years. Worlds is the interloper this year.

Gheko
8 months ago

I’m wondering if Kyle is not doing Worlds this year will his training partners Zac Incerti and Matt Temple also not be going? If so Australia could have a completely different 4x100m free line up, maybe blood some youngsters in prep for Paris?

Corn Pop
8 months ago

Orban ( if re elected ) has the skills to hold this in a very tight situation but not if West Ukraine becomes MadMaxstan with weapons & mercenaries & likely anarchy . Hungary may have to annex / set up a Protectorate for its historical territory in Ukraine ceded to USSR in 45.

For the record , I also do not think it is safe to go to GB this summer . I’ve been due to go to Birmingham for 3 years & will not plan it this year either .

Last edited 8 months ago by Corn Pop
DMacNCheez
Reply to  Corn Pop
8 months ago

Sir, this is a Wendy’s.

Corn Pop
Reply to  DMacNCheez
8 months ago

Ok .but Wendy’s prices are going to explode .

Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
8 months ago

Come Paris, David Popovici will be dangerous in the 100 and the 200 free.

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Olympian

He already is!!! 4th in the Olympics at such young age is no joke, once he puts that muscle maturity on and confidence that only comes with experience he’ll be a beast

PFA
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

He might end up surprising many in the 200

IM FAN
Reply to  PFA
8 months ago

He went 1:44.68 as a 16 year old and missed the podium by .02. He is not an unknown by any means lol

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  IM FAN
8 months ago

I read the comment as Popovici doing something Agnel-esque in the 200 free, like approaching the Biedermann WR

PFA
8 months ago

if he went from 45.5-44.8 then with that type of drop he could go from 47.0-46.4/3 theoretically but I still think if he’s heathy then he might clip the world record this year.

Swimfan
Reply to  PFA
8 months ago

Easier to drop in the short course bathtubs, than in the big pool.

46.3 is delusional, but Remel and Prince Chalmers have both 46.7 in them.

Popovici will push the World record even further in the future.

PFA
Reply to  Swimfan
8 months ago

I can see that this is not a good take from me. I was only going off of the short course drops based off what Chalmers went this past year but that might not be a good way to predict what will end up happening. Let’s just say I still feel that with the many challengers this year, I still believe the world record will go down though.

Olympian
Reply to  Swimfan
8 months ago

I’d love to learn how you guys come up with these projections… I’m a swimmer, who’s still active, racing at the Olympics and World Champs and these projections and LCM/SCM/SCY conversions make absolutely no sense to me!

SigmaAlphaBetaMale
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

who are you?

NC Swammer
Reply to  SigmaAlphaBetaMale
8 months ago

Hopefully Cody Miller

SuperProudAmericanRemel
Reply to  NC Swammer
8 months ago

I think it’s Lochte or Dressel 🤔

Steve Nolan
Reply to  SigmaAlphaBetaMale
8 months ago

Someone that LOVES back squats, as far as I know.

(Anyone that says, “I’m a swimmer, who’s still active, racing at the Olympics and World Champs” is probably not any of those things.)

Might as well just be a pop-up ad telling me YOU’RE A HOT BABE NEARBY THAT WANTS TO CHAT.

Meow
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance . . .

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

You are an Olympian and do not understand conversions and the grain of salt you must take with them?

Who are you?

Xman
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

Same way we project the score to an NFL game 🙂 we make it up lol

The only difference that we never hear “Adam Peaty has a secret ankle sprain and was partying in Vegas last night… Pick the 2nd place guy to win” the way you do in a ball game.

sven
Reply to  Olympian
8 months ago

It’s very simple, we make up times we want to see and then we either make linear correlations or throw in wild hypotheticals until we get there.

PVK
Reply to  Swimfan
8 months ago

Do people agree that the window for Dressel to take down that elusive 46.91 is closing? I don’t know too much about male sprinters and whether they can go PBs into (or past) their mid-20s, but it seems like Dressel’s best remaining shot to pop something magical like a 46.6-46.7 is this summer or next summer.

MTK
Reply to  PVK
8 months ago

I think looking at historical data, yes it seems like most sprinters hit their lifetime best 100fr in their early-mid 20s (~22-26), but that only applies broadly, not necessarily on an individual basis.

If Brent Hayden can go 47.99 at age 37 and be within 0.20 of his lifetime *textile* best of 47.80 from 2012 when he was 28 years old, then we should probably throw this stuff out the window to a degree and embrace the idea that some of these superstar athletes will be able to at least hang onto their top form longer than we think they can – assuming they have a desire to stay in the sport into their 30s, that is.

Last edited 8 months ago by MTK
Tony
Reply to  PFA
8 months ago

Mr. Dressel set three current SC records in 26 hours at ISL in Dec. 2020: the 50m free, the 100m fly and the 100m IM. Without the other races, relays and skins, the 100m free would be his, too. Oh, well, he can take down the “super suit” LC free records in Budapest.

Joel
Reply to  Tony
8 months ago

You all said he’d do it in 2021

Jamesabc
Reply to  Tony
8 months ago

“But but but he would have broke the record if…”. Yeah but he didn’t. To quote Rafael Nadal, “If if if doesn’t exist”. You already worship him enough for what he’s done. No need to pretend he would have more achievements.

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