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Aussie star Kyle Chalmers considering option to destroy Cody Simpson’s dream

by ZwemZa on May 20th, 2022

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: Kyle Chalmers catches his breath after cmpeting in the Mens 100 metre Butterfly during day one of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on May 18, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Aussie Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers says he is reconsidering his decision not to compete in the butterfly at the World Championships next month.

The South Australian “superfish” dropped a bomb on Thursday that has the potential to kill pop star Cody Simpson’s dream of competing at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Simpson appeared to have booked his ticket to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and a spot on the Aussie team for the world championships when he finished third in Wednesday night’s men’s 100m butterfly final at the Australian Swimming Championships.

His time of 51.96 seconds was enough to qualify for the Birmingham Games after swimming a personal best of 51.79 in the heats.

Australian record holder Matthew Temple won the race in 51.50, while Olympic 100m freestyle champion Chalmers was second in 51.67.

With Australia only able to have two entries in the 100m butterfly event in Budapest, Chalmers has the power to kick Simpson off the team

The 23-year-old has previously said he would skip the butterfly because of his already busy program.

However, he now says he is considering a backflip.

“I’ve been back in the pool seven weeks now, I had no expectations on making the Worlds team, especially in butterfly,” Chalmers told swimswam.com.

“So am now weighing up what’s going to be best for me and my preparations for Paris. (My) shoulders are feeling good, mind is feeling good, so wouldn’t mind being a part of the team.”

Chalmers’ new statement comes after Australian swimming head coach Rohan Taylor confirmed pre-race that if Simpson finished third and made the qualifying time, he would make the team for the world championships.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: Cody Simpson of Australia catches his breath after finishing third in the Mens 100 Metre Butterfly Final during day one of the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre on May 18, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Chalmers entered the butterfly events at the Aussie championships, despite having never won an Olympic or Commonwealth Games medal in butterfly.

Chalmers heads into Thursday night’s final of the 50m butterfly as the fastest qualifier. Simpson was the fifth fastest qualifier on Thursday morning.

The extraordinary situation is further clouded by reports Simpson is now in a relationship with Aussie Olympic icon Emma McKeon.

News Corp reported last week Simpson and McKeon have been seeing each other on the Gold Coast.

McKeon and Chalmers have previously been romantically linked and reports first emerged in September that they were dating.

Simpson meanwhile will have to wait until the end of the week for his Commonwealth Games selection to be confirmed when the team is announced.

“That’s a dream come true,” Simpson said after his race on Wednesday night.

“I had a great swim this morning, so much progress from last year. I’ve just been busting my arse all year so it’s amazing to see results like this pay off. I was hoping to go a little quicker tonight but to scrape under is a real dream.

“I had no idea it was going to happen this meet so I’m through the roof.

“I only started training a little under two years after 10-11 years out of the water. I didn’t think I’d be remotely competitive, racing this year at the earliest. To potentially make a team already is just a bonus on the way to Paris.”

By Tyson Otto | New.com.au

 

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