Kyle show set to wow in South Korea
Sports fans are used to seeing champion swimmer Kyle Chalmers either winning gold medals or smashing records, as he did at the recent world swimming trials in Brisbane. South Korea will get that privilege when Chalmers competes in the Australian Dolphins swimming team at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju
OLYMPIC champion Kyle Chalmers is, as expected, on the Australian Dolphins swim team which will compete at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July.
But the excitement for many sports lovers is just what the mighty athlete, dubbed superfish, can achieve on a world stage.
Easily qualifying for the Dolphins' team with victories at the Australian World Swimming Trials in the 50m, 100m and 200m - the longer races setting personal best times, had supporters punching the air with excitement.
Chalmers took out the 50m in 22.09 which was .02 seconds outside his personal best. His 100m free victory in 47.35 was the fastest time in the world this season and shaved off 0.13 of his personal best set at the national titles in April in Adelaide.
His devastating success in the 200m free also was a Chalmers personal best.
In Gwangju the world titles should also set up a classic confrontation with defending US world champion Caeleb Dressel. The superstar won the 100m world title in 2017 - an event Chalmers missed after undergoing a heart procedure.
Chalmers was looking forward to the coming titles.
"I want to win. I don't swim to make up the numbers,'' Chalmers said.
"I want to give it my best every time I get into the pool.
"Hopefully in four weeks I do something faster than that.''
The 27-strong team which consists of 13 men and 14 women also will feature Madi Wilson and coach Peter Bishop, among a group of coaches - giving SASI and Marion Swimming Club three athletes on the team.
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