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Kyle Chalmers, OAM (born 25 June 1998) is an Australian competitive swimmer who specialises in the sprint freestyle events. He is the Olympic champion (2016 Rio de Janeiro) in the 100 m freestyle and Vice World Champion (2019 Gwangju) in the 100 m freestyle.

Kyle Chalmers
Personal information
Nickname(s)The Big Tuna, 'Ray' Chalmers, King Kyle[1]
National teamAustralia
Born (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 21)[2]
Port Lincoln, South Australia, Australia
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[3]
Weight90 kg (198 lb)[4]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubMarion Swimming Club[5]
CoachPeter ‘Bish’ Bishop

BackgroundEdit

Chalmers was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia.[4] He is the son of former Australian rules football and Port Adelaide premiership player Brett Chalmers.[6] He attended Immanuel College in South Australia.[7]

CareerEdit

Chalmers won the gold in the 50 and 100 metre freestyle events at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore.[8][9] For his 47.92 split in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, he was selected to compete in the 4×100 m medley relay heats. He improved on that time with a 47.86 effort, the finals team went on to win silver.[3] He won the 200m freestyle in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia.

2016 Summer OlympicsEdit

At the 2016 Olympic trials, Chalmers qualified for the Olympics by finishing 2nd in the 100 metre freestyle, behind Cameron McEvoy. He broke the junior world record with a time of 48.03.[10]

At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Chalmers won the gold medal in the 100 m freestyle in new junior world record of 47.58, the first Australian to do so since Michael Wenden in 1968.[11] He had also swum the fastest time in the heats, with his 47.90 s breaking his own junior world record.[12] In the 4x100m freestyle relay, he contributed to Australia taking a bronze medal. In the medley relay, he had the fastest split of the field with a time of 46.72, which helped the team to win the bronze medal. Historically only Pieter van den Hoogenband (46.70 in 2003),Vladimir Morozov(46.69 in 2017[13]) and Cameron McEvoy(46.60 in 2015) have been faster in textile swimwear.[citation needed]

RecognitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Prince' Chalmers worthy contender for McEvoy's sprint crown". The Australian. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Kyle Chalmers". Engine Swim. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Debelle, Penny. "Why Kyle Chalmers is Australia's next great swimmer". adelaidenow.com.au. News Corporation. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Kyle Chalmers". rio2016.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Sprint Prince Chalmers, 15 & A Boy Called Kyle, Cracks Thorpey Mark Then Goes 49.6". Swimvortex. 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Kyle Chalmers ready to make a splash in world swimming championships". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Immanuel College students cheer on Kyle Chalmers". AdelaideNow. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Kyle Chalmers Sizzles in 50 Free Victory at 2015 FINA World Junior Championships". Swimming World Magazine. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Kyle Chalmers Ticking All the Boxes As New Aussie Sprint Star". SwimSwam. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  10. ^ Jeffrey, Nicole (11 April 2016). "Swimming trials 2016: Cameron McEvoy wins men's 100m freestyle". The Australian. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  11. ^ Lutton, Phil (11 August 2016). "Kyle Chalmers embraces the pain to complete meteoric rise to Rio Olympics gloryl". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  12. ^ Keith, Braden (9 August 2016). "Kyle Chalmers Breaks World Junior Record in 100 Free". Swimswam. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Vladimir Morozov". SwimSwam. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  15. ^ Hamilton, Andrew (7 November 2016). "Kyle Chalmers and Mack Horton split the honours at Swimming Australia's awards night". Courier Mail. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Adelaide United and Kyle Chalmers win top gongs at South Australian Sport Awards". ABC News. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.

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