Chalmers posts fourth fastest time in Australian history

FIRST: Kyle Chalmers dominated his 100m freestyle heat at the world swimming trials in Brisbane.
FIRST: Kyle Chalmers dominated his 100m freestyle heat at the world swimming trials in Brisbane.

Olympic medallist Kyle Chalmers has followed up his win in the 200 metre freestyle on Monday by recording one of the fastest times in Australian history in the 100 metre freestyle at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials in Brisbane.

Chalmers started in the prelims on Wednesday morning setting the fastest time of 47.91 seconds, putting him in the final later in the evening.

Joining him in the final was Clyde Lewis, who finished second to Chalmers in the 200m freestyle final, and 100m freestyle Australian record holder Cameron McEvoy.

In the event he won gold in at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chalmers posted a personal best of 47.35 seconds, the fourth fastest time in Australian history.

The result also placed him under the world championship qualifying time of 48.31 seconds.

Lewis finished second with 48.46 while McEvoy was third with 48.66.

Chalmers said his goal was to get a personal best and to get two personal bests in a season was a boost in confidence.

"Over the next couple of weeks I really want to hone in on my skills, I know my swim speed this morning was very close to when I have swum my personal best time, it's just the skills letting me down," he said.

"Tonight I definitely felt a lot better with it, but I want to win, I don't swim to make up the numbers, I want to give it my best every time I get in the pool."

Chalmers won the 200m freestyle on June 10 with a time of 1:45.76, coming under the world championship qualifying time of 1:46.28.

One more event remains for Chalmers at the championships, the 50m freestyle on Friday.

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