King Kyle steers us to shock silver

By 20/06/2022News

Article by Julian Linden courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.

KYLE Chalmers unleashed one of the fastest splits in history to give Australia a surprise silver medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the world championships on Saturday.

The 2016 Rio Olympic champion, Chalmers was a long shot to even make the Australian team after coming out of shoulder surgery less than three months ago.

But – just as he has done throughout his entire career – the South Australian (pictured) defied all the doubters with a stunning anchor leg swim timed at 46.60 seconds to give the Aussies silver behind the United States.

“I think that’s one of the best ones for me,” he said. “Ten weeks ago I was 100 kilos and coming back from my second shoulder surgery so for me to be on this team at the world championships, swimming in the relay with three of my great mates, having Jack (Cartwright) back in the relay team, a guy I train with every single day (Matt Temple), having a rookie (William Yang) that’s energising me.

“It’s special and something that I want to be a part of, something I worked so hard for, I’ve sacrificed so much for so long to be here on this team, to be at top and if my shoulders are feeling good and my mind’s feeling good, I want to be here representing my country.

“I challenge anyone to go through what I’ve gone through over this last little period and try and stand up and perform like that, especially this last little window where I’ve been completely slammed for doing what I’m best at.”

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown was last night a shock lastminute withdrawal from her best event at the world championships.

The triple Olympic champion pulled out of the 100m backstroke to focus instead on the 200m individual medley.