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FINA World Championships 2022: Kyle Chalmers finishes 100m butterfly after overturning Cody Simpson


The extraordinary storm that surrounded Australian champion Kyle Chalmers and pop star Cody Simpson has ended with a moan.

Australia’s Kyle Chalmers was given a standing ovation in the 100m butterfly at the World Swimming Championships.

Thursday night’s Olympic champion failed to qualify for the semi-finals after a disappointing swim that fell well short of his best performance.

Chalmers was competing in the 100m butterfly for the first time on the world stage after deciding earlier this year to add the event to his swimming program until the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

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Chalmers famously reversed his decision to contest the butterfly competition at the World Championships in Budapest – a decision that ultimately dropped pop star Cody Simpson from the Australian team.

Simpson and Chalmers will continue to swim side by side at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, starting July 28.

Chalmers showed how special and elegant a swimmer he is when he helped Australia win the silver medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay in Hungary, but his week didn’t end as he would have liked.

The most painful detail of his swimming in the heat on Thursday was that his time of 52.70 was more than a second slower than the time he set in the Australian swimming trials last month.

He finished 22nd overall, losing a place in the semi-finals by 0.62sec.

The time Simpson scored during the Australian Championships would have also sufficed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Australian 100m butterfly champion Matt Temple qualified to the semi-finals as the second fastest swimmer with a time of 51.86.

Hungary’s Christoph Milak topped the charts with 50.68 – the man to catch up after setting his world record in the men’s 200m butterfly on Tuesday.

The 100m butterfly finals are held Friday night (AEST).

Chalmers now faces the question of whether he will continue swimming in the 100m butterfly or will instead return his focus exclusively to freestyle.

Chalmers, the Rio Olympics 100m freestyle gold medalist, is one of the favorites to win the gold medal in the 100m freestyle at Birmingham Pool as he will defend the Commonwealth Games gold he won on the Gold Coast in 2018.

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