Australian Olympic 100m freestyle champion, Kyle Chalmers, warned Wednesday's competition in Brisbane to have a blistering 47 seconds 35 seconds on his favorite distance, exactly one month away from the Gwangju Worlds (South Korea), from the 12th to the 28th of July. This time achieved in the Australian selections is closer than half a second of the world record of Brazilian Cesar Cielo, ten years old. It's also a faster time than the one that led Chalmers to the top of the Olympic podium in Rio in 2016.
"I probably did not go as fast as I hoped, but it was a good and solid race," said the 20-year-old Australian, who also qualified for the Worlds in the 200 freestyle. His compatriot Mitch Larkin, 25 years old and twice world champion 2015, was also fast: on 200 m medley, which is not the favorite race of this specialist back, he set a time of 1 min 55 sec 72 , his best time since 2015, the year of his double victory at the Kazan Worlds in the 100m and 200m backstroke. Already qualified for the 100 m back of the Worlds, he still has to confirm his presence in South Korea on the 200 backstroke on Thursday. Finally, the young nugget in the 400 freestyle and the 800m, Ariarne Titmus, 18, shone on the 800m (8: 18.23) and hopes to titillate Korea superstar Katie Ledecky.
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