Kyle Chalmers Downs 100 Free World Junior Record; Takes Home Olympic Gold

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Men’s 100 Free FINAL:

As is the case with the sprint freestyle events it was a tight race across the board. Caeleb Dressel of the USA and Cameron McEvoy of Australia were the quickest off the blocks with reaction times of .62 but it didn’t take long for Canada’s Santo Condorelli to move to the front of the competition with a leading split of 22.22.

The USA’s Nathan Adrian flipped close behind Condorelli, splitting a 22.67 at the wall to lead the battle down the home stretch but it was young Australian sprintstar Kyle Chalmers who snuck to the front of the crowd for the gold. Chalmers turned in a top time of 47.58 to take home the gold medal and lower his own World Junior Record, previously set at a 47.88.

Swimming out of lane seven, Belgium’s Pieter Timmers snuck his hand to the wall to grab the silver medal with a time of 47.80, just ahead of Adrian’s 47.85 finish. Adrian, the defending gold medalist in the 100 free, was the only finalist from the event four years ago to return to the field in Rio.

Condorelli settled for fourth and a 47.88, while Great Britain’s Duncan Scott turned in a final time of 48.01 for fifth.

Dressel stopped the clock at a 48.02 for sixth and McEvoy posted a 48.12 for seventh. McEvoy still ranks first in the world this year, having clocked a 47.04 at Australia’s Olympic Trials in April, but he was nowhere close to that form this time around.

Home crowd favorite Marcelo Chierighini was eighth with a 48.41.

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3 Comments

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  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    First Aussie gold-medalist since Michael Wenden
    @ Mexico City in 1968. First Belgian medalist, any event, m/w, since Fred deBurghgrave won 100 breast @ Atlanta 20 years ago Last man to win back-to-back 100 frees: Holkand’s Pieter van den Hoogenband (Sydney/Athens). Hoogie also won 200 free @’Sydney, edging out Aussie Ian Thorpe, who,returned favor @ Athens. When Hoogie won 100-200 he became first man to score this double since…Duke Kahanamoko? Johnny Weussmuller? Don Schollander OR…?

    • avatar
      Brian

      Spitz

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