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Prince Chalmers Keeps Up Winning Pace

Apr 12, 2013  - Craig Lord

Kyle Chalmers, the 14-year-old tearing up the script in Aussie (and world) age swimming with record times of 23.17 and 50.86 over 50 and 100m freestyle and 54.79 in the 100m 'fly, claimed more gold on the penultimate day of the national youth championships in Adelaide today. 

Another record eluded him but in 58.19, Chalmers put his versatility on show ahead of James Hanson, 58.85 and Benno Negri, 59.38, Jacob Sansom also inside the minute at 14, on 59.95. Chalmers was out in 28.57 and extended his edge with the sole sub-30 comeback split of the final, 29.62.

Outstanding swims can be found far and deep at the championships, among them today: Ellen Masters, 13, on 4:20.56 in the 400m freestyle, Georgia Bohl, 15, on 2:31.80 in the 200m breaststroke, and among boys Damian Fyfe, 15, on 1:51.90 in the 200m free, Cameron Jones and Edward Marks, both 16, on 55.01 and 55.32 in the 100m 'fly, and Mitchell Pratt, 17, on 2:01.79 in the 200m backstroke ahead of two 18-year-olds on 2:02s.

The top line of the result sheets serves as a reminder that at least some of today's outstanding juniors with be excellent seniors within an Olympic cycle. The 400m freestyle for 12-13 year olds went to Jordan Lello in 4:12.23. A fine effort and inside the winning time a year ago. The All Comers mark stands at 4:03.37 - to Kosuke Hagino from 2008. And looked what happened next.