SWIMMING Panorama: World leaders for Chalmers and Larkin in Aussie Worlds Trials

Rio Olympic 100 m Free champ Kyle Chalmers (AUS)

More hot swimming from Brisbane at the Australian World Championships Trials with two new world-leading marks:

Men/100 m Freestyle

Rio Olympic champ Kyle Chalmers blistered the field with a win in 47.35, taking the world lead away from Russia’s Vladislav Grinev (47.48). Chalmers had been second at 47.48 from the Australian Nationals back in April.

Men/200 m Medley

Sensational swimming from 2015 World 100-200 m Backstroke champ Mitch Larkin, who is now a medal favorite in the 200 m Medley, winning by more than three seconds in Australian-record time of 1:55.72. That’s not only the world’s fastest time this season – it was Duncan Scott (GBR) at 1:56.65 – but moves Larkin to no. 8 on the all-time list!

Not to be overlooked with an excellent swim from teen distance star Ariarne Titmus, who won the 800 m Free in 8:18.23, moving up to no. 4 on the world list for 2019. Katie Ledecky of the U.S. remains the leader at 8:10.70.

The Australian Trials continue through Friday; the live timing site is here.

At the second Mare Nostrum meeting in France, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the women’s 400 m Medley in 4:33.77, the third-fastest time in the world in 2019, behind her own world leader of 4:32.87 and Yui Ohashi (JPN) and her 4:33.02 in April. American Madisyn Cox scored another lifetime best in second at 4:37.23, moving to no. 7 on the world list for 2019.

The U.S. got wins in the 100 m Back from Michael Andrew (54.11) and Phoebe Bacon (59.92).

The series moves on to its third and final stop in Barcelona (ESP) on the weekend.