Kyle Chalmers Crushes Australian Record in 100 Free with 45.03

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Australian sprinter Kyle Chalmers swam a 45.03 in the 100 meter free in a short course meters pool on Friday at the World Cup stop in Doha, Qatar. That ranks him as the 3rd-fastest performer (and performance) in the history of the event, now two spots ahead of his main rival Caeleb Dressel.

All-Time Rankings (Performers), Men’s 100 SCM Freestyle

Amaury Leveaux, France – 44.94 (2009)
Vlad Morozov, Russia – 44.95 (2018)
Kyle Chalmers, Australia – 45.03 (2021)
Florent Manaudou, France – 45.04 (2013)
(TIE)Nathan Adrian (2009)/Caeleb Dressel (2020), USA – 45.08

Evgeny Lagunov, Russia – 45.36 (2009)
Matthew Abood, Australia – 45.46 (2009)
Tomasso D’Orsogna, Australia – 45.52 (2012)
Stefan Nystrand, Sweden – 45.54 (2010)

The swim also breaks Chalmers’ own personal best of 45.54 that was set in 2018 at the Singapore stop of the World Cup series and Matthew Abood’s supersuited Australian Record of 45.46 that was set in 2009.

Comparative Splits:

Kyle Chalmers
Kyle Chalmers

Amaury Leveaux

New Australian Record
Previous Personal Best

Current World Record

Final Time

Chalmers has always been a strong finisher in the 100 free, but as he matures into his 20s, his front-end speed is continuing to develop and drive most of his time drops – both in long course and short course.

Morozov, who has been much better in the World Cup so far than he was in the ISL Regular Season, was 2nd in 46.31 on Friday. South Korean teenager Hwang Sunwoo was 3rd in 46.46, which crushed the former South Korean Record set by the country’s most accomplished swimmer in history, Park Tae Hwan. That old record was a 46.89 from the 2016 World Short Course Championships.

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