Kyle Chalmers 100 Free at World Cup Will ‘Hopefully Make Me Bulletproof’

Kyle Chalmers has dominated the 100 freestyle the last few years.

Long course, it’s fast. Short course, even faster, preparing to break his own world record at the 2022 FINA Short Course World Championships in Melbourne later this year.

At the FINA World Championship, no one could stop him.

For the second straight season, he won the 100 freestyle at all World Cup stops, highlighting his 45.55 performance Friday in Indianapolis to win his third straight stop.

His world record is 44.84, which means he is getting closer to being the best he has ever been, and the Aussie star is hoping to do so at home in Melbourne.

“My work is temporarily done and I can keep my crown for at least another year,” said Kyle Chalmers. “With the form I’m starting to find and the confidence I’m starting to get from racing in this World Cup series it’s going to make for a terrific time for everyone else coming to race in Australia.

“New guys come in and challenge my title.” I love the fight. I want to challenge myself against the best in the world. Melbourne will be no different. There will be a few more big dogs starting to roll. I’m really looking forward to fighting them on my home soil. I still have some things to do to get faster, and that prepares me for the opportunity to race and hopefully make me bulletproof for the short track worlds.”

Brash confidence is something that has fueled Chalmers over the years. He is extremely confident, but respects the opposition enough not to impose himself. But he has every reason to be confident. No one could swim like him in the 100 free, especially in the short course.

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“The 100 freestyle is my baby. It’s the event I love. “There is no better feeling than winning the event I love the most,” said Kyle Chalmers.

His 45.55 easily bested the rest of the field. of Italy Thomas Cecon won second place with 46.27.

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But Chalmers felt something was missing.

“I didn’t have the best possible race. It was still a bit sloppy,” Chalmers said. “I definitely knew he was with me, but I was able to handle it and win. It’s just having fun with my sport, loving what I do. “I swim fast and I know what to expect and I’ve been getting better every time.”
Chalmers has some big goals and after breaking a world record, small goals just aren’t the same.

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“The world record in the 100 free is mine, so every time I get a PB it’s now a world record,” he said. “Every world record is faster than anyone in this world.” I like to challenge myself – 43 is a stretch but I will never say never. I’m going to work on it. “I’m approaching the middle of my career, so we’ll see.”

And perhaps his best performance will be in front of a home crowd in Melbourne, something Chalmers hasn’t really experienced at international level.

“We haven’t hosted an international swimming competition besides the Commonwealth Games in a long time,” said Kyle Chalmers. “To have that opportunity will be very special.”



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