Kyle Chalmers, Dressel Sprint to Front of 100 Free; Adrian Sneaks in 16th

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Australia’s Kyle Chalmers touched just .01 ahead of the United States’ Caeleb Dressel in the seventh heat of this morning’s 100 freestyle. The 18-year-old Chalmers led the way in 47.90, followed closely by the 20-year-old Dressel in 47.91, and the two will return to semifinals in first and second.

It was the first time that either swimmer has swum under 48 seconds in their young careers. Chalmers’ time lowered his own Junior World Record of 48.03 set in April. Dressel’s previous best was a 48.10 set Sunday night leading off the gold-medal winning 400 free relay for the U.S.

“I had a little bit of strategy change from the relay,” Dressel said. “I wanted to smooth it out a little bit the first 50, and I did.”

Swimming in the last of the non-circle seeded heats, Great Britain’s Duncan Scott turned in a 48.01 to set a new Scottish record and claim the third spot.

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy entered with a seed time already faster than the Olympic record. This morning he posted a 48.12 for the fourth spot. Canada’s Santo Condorelli posted a 48.22 for fifth.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore dropped the 200 butterfly to focus on the 100 freestyle. This morning he posted a 48.27 in his opening swim. That time will make him the sixth seed. Schooling figures to have a shot at the final in the 100 free, but he will be a serious medal contender coming up in the 100 fly, beginning Thursday.

Seventh will be Damian Wierling of Germany (48.35), and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov stopped the clock in 48.39 for eighth. He was followed by Belgium’s Pieter Timmers (48.46) and Italy’s Luca Dotto (48.47). Canada’s Yuri Kisil posted a 48.49.

Sebastiaan Verschuren of the Netherlands (48.51), Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini (48.53) also return to semifinals. China’s Zetao Ning and France’s Clement Mignon tie for 14th in 48.57.

Defending Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian only made the semifinals by .03 after finishing 16th this morning with a 48.58. Although he did not stop to talk to the print media, he seemed upbeat in his television interview and in photos captured on deck. He previously had the fastest split in the field on the 400 free relay when he anchored the Americans in 46.97.