Kyle Chalmers has further put claim to Australia’s sprinting future after posting a gold medal winning time of 48.47 for the 100m Freestyle, from an outside lane (lane 7) on the final day of the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore. The 17 year old broke the Australian Age Group record by 0.11, which was previously held by Cameron McEvoy and set in 2012. The time also betters the previous World Junior Championship Record which was held by Pedro Spajari of Brazil however Pedro was only able to finish 4th in the final with a time of 49.56. The swim however falls short of a World Junior record, which stands at a 48.25 and is held by De Santana of Brazil from 2014.
The win in the 100m freestyle completes the 50m/100m double, showing it is still possible (despite it becoming an increasingly difficult feat) to achieve on the international stage.
This is yet another impressive display from Kyle Chalmers, who hasn’t missed a beat on the international scene this year. The split times of 23.56/24.91 shows a well controlled race and he was the only swimmer to split the second 50 in a sub-25 time, in another James Magnussen type display where the back-end speed is the focus of the race plan. Interesting to note first to the turn was Robert Glinta in a 23.54, however he faded in the final 50m with a 26.33 to finish in 7th placing.
Chambers, who split the fastest heat time, was part of the recent failing of the Australian Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle relay team in Kazan. It will be pleasing to senior head coach Jacco Verhaeren to see the South Australian register another PB and consolidate his position amongst Australia’s best freestylers as they will be looking to field three world class sprinters by Rio. The Marion swim club member will set his sights on the Olympic trials in April 2016 to ensure he books his seat on the plane to Rio as Australia will no doubt be in contention should Magnussen, McEvoy and Chalmers all be fit & firing.
Kyle’s total medal haul for the meet finishes with three gold (50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, Mens 4 x 100 freestyle), three silver (Mixed 4 x 100 freestyle & medley relay, Mens 4 x 200 Freestyle relay) and a bronze medal (Mens 4 x 100 Medley relay).