BREAKTHROUGH SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
On a mid-august night, in the blur of 47.58 seconds, the sporting world watched as an unknown 18-year-old schoolboy swam his way from obscurity to Australian Olympic royalty. Adelaide lad Kyle Chalmers clearly hadn’t read the script. His celebrated teammate Cameron Mcevoy – the fastest man in the world over 100 metres – was meant to own this Rio race. But Chalmers, after turning in seventh, blitzed the 100-metre freestyle field across the final 50 metres, claiming swimming’s most celebrated prize – the first Australian to do so since Michael Wenden in 1968. Chalmers walked away from Rio with superstar status and another two bronze medals as part of the 4x100-metre freestyle and medley relays. Here, he talks us through his incredible breakthrough Olympic games.