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Courtesy of: Brendan Maloney - USA Today Sports
SYDNEY, Australia, April 15. SOUTH Australian Kyle Chalmers is not only the fastest 15-year-old 100m freestyle swimmer in Australia at the moment, but he just happens to be faster than the great Ian Thorpe at the same age, and the fastest of all-time.

Winning his first gold medal of the meet at the 2014 Georgina Hope Swimmers Foundation Australian Age Championships in Sydney tonight, Chalmers broke Thorpe's long standing age group mark in the heats this morning, before dropping a further 0.4 of a second in the final tonight.

Taking out the boy's 15 years 100m freestyle in an impressive 49.68, a time which would have placed him seventh at Trials, and a time that was more than half a second quicker than Thorpe's 50.21 record set in 1998, Chalmers said he felt good ahead of tonight's race.


"I guess I was hoping to break it tonight (Thorpe's record), but to do it this morning was just a bonus," said Chalmers.

"So to break it twice in one day, I'm pretty happy with that."

Coming into the event with a broken finger, a result of an injury sustained at footy training on Thursday night, the Marion product continues to balance his AFL ambitions with the Sherrin, with those of swimming for Australia at the elite level.

Setting four age group records in 2013 and winning five gold medals, Chalmers is well on track for another big haul this week and potential selection onto the Youth Olympic Team for China later this year.

"I actually broke my finger on Thursday night, and I was bit stressed on Thursday and Friday, but other than that I felt pretty good coming into it to the meet," said Chalmers.

"It was great to win a medal at Trials (silver in the 50m fly) and I was pretty happy with how I swam the race tonight, it was pretty controlled."

Chalmers was almost two seconds quicker than the rest of the field with Benno Negri taking silver in 52.41 and Matthew Wilson third in 51.67.

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