Chalmers' backflip backfires at world champs

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Kyle Chalmers' determination to contradict Cody Simpson a spot astatine the swimming satellite championships has backfired, with the Aussie prima failing to suffice for the semi-finals successful the 100m butterfly.

Chalmers had initially signalled his volition to skip the FINA World Championships successful Budapest, earlier going backmost connected his decision aft finishing 2nd successful the 100m butterfly final down Matthew Temple astatine the Australian championships.

The 23-year-old's determination meant Simpson missed retired connected qualifying for the lawsuit aft finishing 3rd down Temple and Chalmers, contempt swimming a clip that was accelerated capable to suffice for the event.

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Having won the golden medal successful the 100m freestyle astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chalmers is hoping to adhd the butterfly to his arsenal up of the 2024 Paris Games.

Chalmers' clip of 52.70 successful the 100m butterfly heats ranked him 22nd wide successful Budapest (Getty)

However, Chalmers was lone capable to grounds a clip of 52.70 successful Budapest, much than a 2nd slower that his clip astatine the Australian trials (51.67). The clip ranked him 22nd overall, good abbreviated of the top-16 that qualified for the semi-finals.

Temple was capable to suffice for the semi-finals aft swimming a 51.86 which ranked him 12th overall, portion Hungary's Kristof Milak led the battalion with 50.68.

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Despite Chalmers' backflip costing Simpson, the brace were capable to hide the hatchet during the Australian championships successful Adelaide earlier this year.

Both swimmers are expected to vie astatine the Commonwealth Games adjacent period successful Birmingham.

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