No stopping champ Kyle's golden run at Commonwealth Games trials
02 Mar 2018
A YEAR of self doubt and health worries were brushed aside this week with stunning effect by Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers.
The superstar SASI scholarship holder produced a gutsy swim to win the 200m national title earlier this week at the Commonwealth Games selection trials - his first senior national title.
In a thrilling finish Chalmers, of Marion Swimming Club, won in 1min 46.49sec to hold out fellow Rio champion Mack Horton.
Then, after a sluggish effort in the heats where he qualified for the 100m final from lane one, Chalmers produced his trademark powerhouse finish in the final to take out the national crown, his second championship gold medal in two days.
In an usual finish where middle lanes generally dominate the placings, Chalmers overtook early leader James Roberts and then edged out fellow teen Jack Cartwright who lined up in lane eight.
Chalmers won in 48.16s, with Cartwright touching in at 48.6s.
After a year of health issues, which included a heart condition known as Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), and back problems, Chalmers was determined that Rio would not be his one and only shining moment in swimming.
After his 100m success Chalmers was reported as saying he was relieved with his effort.
''It's been a rough couple of years since Rio and I'm just glad that I'm back here and I'm able to prove to myself that I can do it and I'm not that one-hit wonder,'' Chalmers said.
''It is very exciting to have had that rollercoaster 12 months and to be back racing on the national stage.
''To be competing at my first Commonwealth Games and to do well would be very exciting.''
The official Commonwealth Games team for swimming will be announced later in the week.
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