Australian swim feeling Kyle Chalmers has set a 12 months of harm behind him and is all set to struggle for a further Olympic berth in Adelaide.

Kyle Chalmers was just 18 a long time aged when he stormed to a gold medal in the 100m freestyle ultimate at the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio, Brazil.

It snapped an great drought for the happy swimming country in the blue riband party. Michael Wendon’s victory way, way back again in the 1968 game titles in Mexico Metropolis was the last time an Australian experienced taken out the 100m freestyle in Olympic competition.

There experienced been some around misses given that, notably James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan over the earlier 10 years. It also thrust Chalmers into the spotlight and laid the foundation for a long time of results in the pool ahead.

Nonetheless Chalmers has not experienced it quick as he tries to achieve what no Australian has at any time managed – defending an Olympic 100m freestyle gold. He has experienced to endure functions, accidents and the pandemic in his bid to develop into a back again-to-back again Olympic 100m freestyle winner.

The functions and accidents were not small affairs, both. Chalmers experienced heart operation a month soon after a profitable Planet Championships in 2019, then experienced an enforced layoff from swimming adhering to shoulder operation late last 12 months.

The superfish dealt with all of that just before even imagining about conference American arch-rival Caeleb Dressel, who nudged out Chalmers in a ridiculously speedy 100m ultimate at the environment champs.