Kyle Chalmers announced himself as the new star of Australian swimming when he stormed home to win the Rio 2016 Olympics men’s 100 metres freestyle final. The South Australian came from nowhere to finally snatch the coveted crown, becoming the first Aussie male to do so since Michael Wenden in Mexico City in 1968.
Chalmers, who was 18 at the Games, touched seventh in the field of eight at the halfway mark before unleashing a barnstorming finish to become Australia’s youngest Olympic swimming champion since Ian Thorpe in 2000. He swam a huge personal best to break his own world junior record in a time of 47.58 seconds, ahead of silver medallist Pieter Timmers of Belgium (47.80) and bronze medallist, America’s defending champion Nathan Adrian (47.85).
The 2014 Youth Olympian made his World Championships debut in 2015 Kazan, Russia with a fantastic 47.92 second leg in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. He also raced in the 4x100m medley heats where he swam even faster (47.86sec) to guide that team to the final where they won the silver medal. One week after competing in Russia he competed at the World Junior Championships in Singapore where he won seven medals, including three gold. He also took down Cameron McEvoy’s national 17 years record by winning the 100m freestyle in 48.47sec.
Pasta and quality nutrition have always been a huge part of Kyle’s training schedule and the young swimmer is excited to be promoting the nutritional benefits of San Remo pasta.
“I’m thrilled to be working closely with San Remo, a great Australian brand, whose products I have eaten since I was a child. As a family, we always ate a lot of pasta and these days it has become a big part of my pre-race routine that helps me perform to the best of my ability. In fact, I even had spaghetti bolognese the night before my Olympic win”.