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‘Cleared the air’: Simpson lifts lid on Chalmers conversation after Olympian’s shock backflip

by ZwemZa on May 21st, 2022

Cody Simpson revealed Kyle Chalmers had reached out to clear the air. (Photo by Brenton Edwards / AFP)

Cody Simpson confirmed he had a conversation with Kyle Chalmers and “cleared the air” after the Olympian backflipped on his decision to not compete at the World Championships in Budapest next month and effectively denied Simpson a spot on the plane to Hungary.

Chalmers and Simpson both competed in the 100m butterfly final at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, with the Chalmers finishing second and Simpson finishing third.

With only two spots up for grabs and Chalmers’ initial decision that he wouldn’t be going to Budapest, it meant that Simpson was all set to represent Australia at the World Championships.

But after the race Chalmers decided he would compete in Hungary after all, slamming the door shut on Simpson’s dream.

Chalmers’ backflip led to rumours flying around that his actions had been fuelled by a supposed love triangle involving himself, Emma McKeon and Simpson given he and McKeon previously dated, but the 23-year-old profusely denied any such notion.

Speaking with the Amazon Prime commentary team, Simpson revealed that he and Chalmers had buried the hatchet, if there was any, as they look to continue driving Australian swimming forward.

“We had a chat last night,” Simpson said.

“He was cool, he sort of reached out and we sort of cleared the air about it. So it’s all good in that sense.

“I would sort of respect his decision either way.”

Simpson also revealed he knew about Chalmers’ Budapest backflip shortly after the 100m butterfly final.

“I sort of realised he’d changed his mind as he has every right to do obviously,” Simpson said.

“He has the spot. I didn’t finish second, I finished third. So for him to have done that (finish second) especially with the limited prep he has had is pretty remarkable.”

With his relative inexperience in swimming compared to some of his other big rivals like Chalmers and Matt Temple, Simpson admits he’s loving the competition between the trio.

“It’s exciting to be a part of something like that,” Simpson said.

“To have been one of those three guys for me is crazy already. I look at those two guys and even up until two days ago I thought, ‘God, they are so far ahead of me. I have so much work to do to even be in the running.”

Alex Conrad | Fox Sports

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