Aussie Chalmers wins 200m freestyle gold

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Chalmers claimed gold ahead of friend and rival Mack Horton in their first one-two finish in the 200m freestyle before securing Australia's 10th Commonwealth Games 4x100m freestyle relay title since 1970.

Chalmers missed all of 2017 to have a second corrective surgery for Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), a condition that rapidly increased his heartbeat during exercise.

The teen initially struggled to cope in the spotlight that accompanied his Rio success but comfortable in his own skin and back to full health, he has embraced swimming again and Australian fans hungry for a new hero couldn't be happier.

Just as he did in Rio nearly two years ago to win Olympic gold in the 100m, Chalmers mowed down the leaders over the final stages to demand the 200m be a permanent addition to his global program.

Chalmers will face off with South African Chad Le Clos in the 100m on Sunday night, providing both men negotiate their heats and semifinals on Saturday.

"I knew that's how he swims his race", Chalmers said of Le Clos.

"Most of them are faster than at trials and that was the plan". We stuck to it really well. "I like to try and stick with people and try and go in that last 50, when I actually have to swim my own race right from the start, because I do have that 100m background".

"I actually didn't realise at first until I saw the other girls celebrating as well", said McKeon, who helped Australia to a world record in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay on Thursday. The third 50 felt pretty strong, and I knew I had a bit to give in that last 50.


While the blue riband sprint remains his priority, Chalmers must now concede the 200m will be part of his program moving forward.

"When I got the call-up to do it, there was no hesitation to say yes, and it all paid off in the end", said Lewis, who had to be helped to walk by an official after the race.

Testing the event at a major meet for the first time, Chalmers crushed a new personal best to touch the wall at 1:45.56s, with Mack Horton a close second (1:45.89) after powering home from the cheap seats in lane one.

Tim Diskin completed the haul of gold medals for the hosts when he won the men's para-swimming S9 100m freestyle.

"Kyle and I became really great mates while in Rio where we both shared gold. It's so special to do this with him in front of the home crowd", he said.

Ellie Cole was second in the S9 100m backstroke, the Rio Paralympic gold medallist finishing behind England's Alice Tai, who was recently reclassified from S10 and dropped down a division, breaking Cole's world record.

Women's relay team members Cate Campbell, her sister Bronte Campbell and Shayna Jack all backed up to cruise into Friday night's 50m freestyle semi-finals.

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