KYLE CHALMERS

BREAK­THROUGH SPORTS­MAN OF THE YEAR

GQ (Australia) - - GQ INC. - WORDS MIKE CHRIS­TENSEN

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.

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