Kyle Chalmers may be ready to face a crush on pop star-turned-swimmer Cody Simpson, after revealing that he is now entertaining the possibility of competing at the World Swimming Championships.
Within the break from the game, Chalmers decided not to compete in the World Championships, but the Olympic gold medalist changed his mind after winning the Australian 50m butterfly title on Thursday night.
Chalmars’ victory in the 50-meter butterfly followed his victory in the 100-meter event on Wednesday night, where Simpson won during the World Championship qualifiers but failed to finish in the top two by collecting a third.
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Whether Simpson will get his ticket to the World Championships, to be held across June and July, depends on Chalmers’ call – and the Adelaide product on Thursday night showed no sympathy for his rival.
“Swimming is a throat-cutting sport,” Chalmers told Amazon Prime Video, calling the pool.
“You have to finish in the top two to get a personal space.
“Becoming a butterfly is my dream. I started out as a butterfly and I always hoped to be a butterfly. My body didn’t allow me that much, so it’s good that my body is finally recovering.”
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The Chalmars competed in freestyle at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics and the 23-year-old wants to add butterflies to his reign at the 2024 Paris Games.
At the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, Chalmer finished second in the 100m butterfly final at 51.67 and won the 50m event at 23.21.
“I want to swim in Paris (Butterflies) so I have to start practicing and prepare myself to do it,” Chalmers said.
“So (missing Simpson) didn’t come to my mind.”
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