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Chalmers In A ‘Good Place’, World Title Eyes Short Course

Australian Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers coming out of a rocky summer.

Yes, the 24-year-old won 4 medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, including individual gold in the men’s 100m freestyle. But, the Adelaide native has also been the subject of a media whirlwind surrounding his relationship with fellow Australian Olympian. Emma McKeon and her new boyfriend cody simpson.

Additionally, Australian media were quick to paint Chalmers as a villain for reversing his decision to compete at the 2022 World Championships, which allowed the ace to take Simpson’s place in the men’s event. 100m butterfly.

The stress and attention nearly caused Chalmers to throw in the towel, as he said at the time: “So far I’ve tried to keep moving forward, but tonight I’m asking you s please stop writing these fake headlines or my time in sports will be over. I don’t swim for that, I didn’t get into sports to deal with that. I swim to inspire and I swim because I love my sport and it gives me purpose.

Flashforward to the present and Chalmers finds himself in a much better place, at home in Adelaide with his parents and familiar roots.

“Adelaide is as simple as it gets. I have everything I need here. I really like it here; it’s like a big country town, all my family and friends are here and I couldn’t make it any easier if I tried,” Chalmers said. The Sun Herald this week.

“I have everything I need to be the best in the world and everything I need to be happy, so for me Adelaide is home right now.

“Eventually I will move to Port Lincoln and live a more laid back lifestyle. At the moment, Adelaide is my home and I love it here.

As for Chalmers’ mindset in the pool, his killer instincts are still very much alive, aiming to further make his mark in his specialty event at the forefront of his aquatic vision.

“I’ve won Olympic gold, Pan Pacific gold, Oceania, Commonwealth Games now, world junior champions; I have the short course world record.

“I still have to win gold medals in long course and short course, world champion, and then I will have the last word in this event. The World Short Course is at the end of the year and it’s important to get the job done in this event.

Looking even further ahead, Chalmers said: “Then I have a chance to play the world long course and if I can go out with a bang in Paris and do well there I can have a pretty successful career to watch. back and be pretty content and happy that I achieved everything I wanted and set my sights on me. (The Sun Herald)

Despite these specific goals, Chalmers approaches his training with a relaxed attitude, especially considering the multiple heart and shoulder surgeries this champion has undergone.

“I just take it as it comes. My body could break tomorrow so it’s a difficult thing to assess.

“I’ve had a really good relationship with the pool which I think is the best form of meditation for me – when I jump in and swim, no coach and no pressure and just swim for fun,” said he declared.

“I may have swum a mile and in my head I’m just shut out of the world.

“It’s probably my safest place and it’s my biggest form of meditation these days and something I try to do even while I’m on a break.”

He continued: “I’m definitely in a good position with swimming. My body is the best it has felt in a very long time.

“Let’s see how it all goes. It’s a very stressful, high-intensity, high-pressure sport – that’s about how long my body and mind hold out, really.

The 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships are scheduled for December 13-18 in Melbourne, meaning we could see Chalmers tackling his first goal of a world short course title in just two months.

Among its rivals is a relative newcomer David Popovici from Romania. After making two Olympic finals in Tokyo as a 17-year-old, Popovici won gold in the 100m and 200m freestyle at this year’s World Long Course Championships.

He then stunned the world with a new world record in the long course 100m freestyle at this year’s European Championships, throwing an all-time high of 46.86 to surpass the long-held Brazilian mark of 46.91. Cesar Cielo put on the books 13 years ago.

Popovici said he will be competing in Melbourne, giving us a potential head-to-head battle between 2016 Olympic champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Chalmers and the fearless teenager who shows no signs of stopping.