Vastavam web: Don’t ask Australia’s Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers who are his medal threats in the pool at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, because he says he has no idea.Chalmers, who shocked the swimming world at 18 when he landed gold at the Olympics two years ago, is the favourite to win the 100 metres freestyle at his home Games next weekend.Asked who he saw as his main overseas threats, Chalmers was disarmingly candid.
“I have no idea. I don’t know who’s swimming here. I don’t follow swimming really, to be honest with you, so I have no idea,” Chalmers told journalists today.
“I have no idea what happened in Glasgow (2014 Commonwealth Games). I know we got top three, so that’s exciting but I don’t know what people are in the event.”I’m pretty easy-going, I’ve got a lot more going on outside of the pool that keeps me occupied so swimming is just a bit of fun, I guess,” he said.
“To be doing it on home soil is even better because we don’t have to travel as far. I am as relaxed as I was in Rio so we’ll see how it goes.” Australia’s Dutch head coach Jacco Verhaeren endorsed Chalmers’ approach of not worrying about the competition.”I do think that’s the best process, just to stick to yourself and race.
“It doesn’t matter who you race really, you have your own lane, you have your own training plan, and your own competition plan and if we stick to that we’ll be good.” Australia have a rich history in the 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games with Ian Thorpe (2002), Michael Klim (1998), James Magnussen (2014) and Michael Wenden (1966-70-74) among the winners of the event.