Singapore World Junior Championships: Speed Prince Kyle Chalmers & Co Set To Go

Teen speedster Kyle Chalmers has been ripping up the junior ranks Down Under and globally - now he's gunning for his Olympic debut [Photo: Swimming Australia]

The 5th World Junior Swimming Championships get underway in Singapore tomorrow at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. China’s Li Zhuhao is among very fast juniors missing – but Kyle Chalmers is there at the helm of a shoal of junior speedsters including Russians Arina Openysheva and fellow European junior champions, world junior record holder Luke Greenbank, of Britain, Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida, Americans Sierra Schmidt and Michael Andrew and Australia’s Tamsin Cook, among others

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The 5th World Junior Swimming Championships get underway in Singapore tomorrow at the OCBC Aquatics Centre. China’s Li Zhuhao is among very fast juniors missing – but Kyle Chalmers is there at the helm of a shoal of junior speedsters including Russians Arina Openysheva and fellow European junior champions, world junior record holder Luke Greenbank, of Britain, Brazil’s Brandonn Almeida, Americans Sierra Schmidt and Michael Andrew and Australia’s Tamsin Cook, among others



Craig, I wonder what are your thoughts about Andrew schedule..

He is not know for his endurance and his schedule is crazy, he may put a “Hagino 2013 Worlds” results based on this schedule..

Jr Worlds is not his local competition where he can go to C final or relax on prelims cause no one on the field is close to him..

On day 1 he will have 100 back/100 breast double and the 4×100 relay (Will US save him from prelims swim? After Kazan disaster? Or they will put their top 2 swimmers and their 5th and 6th then put in the 3rd and 4th at night?)
There will be plenty of guys who will 55 back and some might go 55 low or 54 high at Semis, if he is tired or tries to save he might get locked out of final
On 100 breast he might have more cushion than on 100 back, but if he goes a 1.02 on semis it might cost him too..

Day 2
200 IM prelims/semis
100 back finals
100 breast finals
100 fly prelims/semis
Mixed medley relay

Day 3
50 free prelims/semis
100 fly finals
50 back prelims/semis
Mixed free relay.

Day 4
50 back finals
50 fly prelims/semis
50 free finals
Don´t know if he will try 4×200 free for medal purposes.

Day 5
50 fly finals
50 breast prelims/semis
It would be his “easiest day”

Day 6
50 breast finals
4×100 medley relay

That is a schedule that will probably leave him dead tired on the first afternoon..

Craig Lord

It sounds more like a training set than a peak-performance competition, Rafael 🙂

John Lohn

Rafael, I’ll weigh in on the Andrew schedule. I don’t understand it, to be blunt. Why not focus on fewer for quality and save the energy. Simple thought, but logical, too.
The kid is obviously talented and with great potential, but I honestly think the amount of hype has been ridiculousness, especially past comparisons to Phelps. These comparisons are senseless, as Phelps was a WR-holder and world champion at this point.

Craig Lord

I second those concluding thoughts from John, Rafael: I think it hugely unfair to any kid, however talented, to start making comparisons with Michael Phelps – all the more so when they simply do not work. There’s a touch of ‘ownership’; ‘our boy’ about the hype, too: unhealthy.


I can agree very much with John on this one but hey; maybe it’s for the best that he, his coaches & those “filling the sails with hot air” get the lesson in humility (or at least sensible scheduling) at this point in his career.

Having said that, the fields do tend to look pretty shallow in depth & he may actually get away with at least part of this “game”. Certainly, the AUS team is very light on quality-wise with probably only three (Chalmers, Wilson & Cook) looking realistic chances of making the Rio team and 2-3 others likely to make finals at Trials.


common.. I´ve made a deeper check of day 2 (which is the ones with more races) look what would be his real schedule and “rest time”

On day 1 he would already have 5 races (100 back/100 breast and the 4×100 relay) Between the back and breast only the girls 400 IM would be, then he would have the girls 100 back to rest and the water again to swim the free relay. So it would tire him a little.

Day 2 morning he would have the 200 im and 100 fly.

On the afternoon the “impossible” would begin.

First race of the day: 100 back finals
Then he would have some rest time, Girls 200 fly, boys 200 free and girls 50 breast.

Then hit the water again, 100 fly semis, a little rest with girls 100 free, then 100 breast finals, a little rest with girls 100 back then 200 IM, a little rest with girls 4×100 then 4×100 mixed medley. No one would be able to pull these 5 races on less than 2 hours and don´t get tired or worse, get an serious injury.

On the entry list, based on the times he might have serious problems medalling or even finalling if he is not 100%

100 back: 2nd seed behind greenbank with a 54,96, there are 8 more guys seeded under 55,5.

100 breast: 2nd seed behind Chupkov with 1.00.68, there are 5 guys under 1.02 and some close.

Can he medal on the 2 races above if he is not rested?

100 fly: 3rd seed with 52,89, there are 8 guys under 53,6 as seeds. Can he qualify for final being tired?

200 IM: First seed with 2:00:15, then 8 guys under 2:03. Could be easy, but how will he be after 3 very strong races (2 finals and 1 semi) against fresh guys?

paolo rubbiani

My other names to keep an eye on:

Maxime Rooney (a real potential addition to 4×100 and 4×200 Us free already in Rio) and Alessandro Miressi (great Italian talent) in 100 and 200 free

Claire Adams of Usa in 100 and 200 backstroke

Taylor Ruck of Canada in 200 back, 200 free and 400 free

Anyway, a lot of really interesting races.


Crazy program for Andrew. I can understand his exuberance, but his parents and USA swimming should know better.
It now looks like there will be a live feed after all, after recent announcements to the contrary.


There are Americans who are “pumping up” Reece Whitley; some interesting times so far but like most big boys; will he keep progressing once growth stops & you’re now in with the big boys.

Adams looks to have sufficient gap in 100back to have a pizza delivered before the next swimmer arrives.

Whilst Chalmers 47.8-9 relays splits from Kazan were very promising signs; there are some falling into the trap of seeing this are a clear signal of a sub48flat start in the near future when they really only equate to the 48.6-7 he swam at Trials.

That’s still 3-4 tiers away and I’d rather hold off until we see his early form from next season to see whether he’s at least maintaining his 2015 level or not.


He is not a medal contender, but I would keep an eye on Croatian swimmer Karlo Noah Paut in the 100 and 200 freestyle. What he did this spring was insane.

Craig Lord

Insane was the 50.80 from last month for Paut, Therealuigi, compared to best efforts of 52 to 53 back in spring. Why was he DQ’d in the final of the 100 at EOY? Did he false start?


Craig, I didn’t know he had gone 50.8! But I believe I remember him breaking already the 51 barrier at Croatian nationals in March or April 2015, when I think he was still 14. And he was also 1:51 something in the 200 free in the same meet! I don’t know anything about him after that.

paolo rubbiani

Some news about Karlo Noah Paut.
He was born in 2000 (27 april), so he’s 15 years and 4 months old. Height 1,85 m, weight 72 kg.
In March, at Croatian National Champs in Rijeka, he swam 4 Nag records: 23.77 in 50 free, 50.92 in 100 free, 1.51.57 in 200 free and 55.49 in 100 fly. All great, great times for his age.
So, tremendous expectations in his country (and not only) for Eyof in Tbilisi of late July, and mixed (perhaps a bit disappointing) results for the young croatian: 1.52.75 in the final of 200 free, 55.29 (new PB) in the semifinal of 100 fly and a great 50.80 in the semifinal of 100 free (new PB and the best time of all semifinalists). Then in final Paut was disqualified (the final was won in 50.90).
The main characteristic of Paut is a great natural speed: when he swam 50.92 in March his split at 50 was 24.25.
And his PB of 1.51.57 in the 200 free was so swum: 25.67/27.42/28.87/29.61.
The progression of Paut in 100 free: 53.97 in 2013, 52.36 in 2014 and 50.80 (for now) in 2015.


Another name to look in sprints:
Seventeen years-old Felipe Ribeiro de Souza, Matheus Santana training partner.He is beating ALL Santana age group records in Brazil.His PB:49.16 and 22.6.


The swimming went very well this morning.
There were a few stand out swims. The Highlight for me was the women’s 100m Backstroke. Minna Atherton – 15 years old and swimming 59.8 breaking the WJR.

That is a super time, and she went out like a rocket down the first 50 meters. Watch out for her this week.

The mens 100 breast was also a WJR for Anton Chupkov, almost cracking the minute mark.

First look at Prince Chalmers – 49.80 in the relay, with DDias’ hot tip 49.73. Many 49’s this am.


Atherton was a very pleasant surprise. She showed up well in both 50 & 100back at this year’s Nationals and it would not have surprised to see her tracking around a 1.00mid, even 1.00low, here but sub minute certainly opens up this race which was looking Adams by how far.

The W100back at next years Trials is starting to look a little more interesting. Whilst Seebohm & Wilson would appear “locks” for the 2 individual selections; Hocking (a reliable 59mid-low) is on the return & Atherton now adds another sub minute to the party.

Good swim from Chalmers and should be better in the finals but don’t fancy his medal chances here given his pedestrian team-mates. Ditto AUS W4X200 where Cook is a class above her teammates.

Will be very interesting to see how/with what Chupkov backs up tonight. It certainly sent a little wake-up call to the Whitley/Andrew cheer-squad. Will also be interesting to see whether Wilson can manage a significant drop (at least below 1.01) & make the final.


Chalmers didn’t have to do a lot this morning….won the heat comfortably. USA was impressive not much slower than their men’s team in Kazan. Atherton superb, McKeown to young to even be there, Australia look set to dominate that event for many years to come. Crazy stuff considering a month ago no Australian woman had ever been an Olympic or World champ over the 100 or 200.


Atherton was on fire!59.8 at 15…wow!
Chupkov time was within I was expecting from him.
USA 4×100 looked dominant.And Rooney made an easy start with 0.45 RT.I expect WJR will go down.I watched Chalmers clearly easing off.I didn’t watch Ribeiro very well to see if he was holding off or not.I was paying too much attention to US Team in the last leg.
Sad for Brazil 4×200.It was good till the last leg… 2:01,2:00,2:02 and 2:07.85!Yikes!

Craig Lord

Atherton’s time may technically be a WJR – but, Wez, Ustinova went faster last year at Russian nationals… why that would not count remains unanswered as yet:

paolo rubbiani

Many outstanding performances in this first morning of heats, like you already pointed out.

Also after the Worlds, Australian backstroke is on fire with youngster Minna Atherton at a great improvement (59.83!).
Regarding the WJR I remember a 59.6 from Claire Adams in San Antonio, anyway it doesn’t matter too much.

1.00.12 from Chupkov is certainly a WJR, while 4.42.19 is a nice PB in the 400 medley from young britain Georgia Coates, who reminds me a lot Hannah Miley (1999/1989 their date of birth, and they are very similar for physical and swimming characteristics).

Considering her swimming characteristics, is also a great time the 30.73 in 50 breast heats from Victorya Gunes (alias Solnceva).

Strong Usa team in the 4×100 free relay (with Rooney on fire for the next days) and pleased for the Italian sprinters chasing a medal.

Aussie Tamsin Cook looks good with her 1.58.85 anchor in the 4×200 free women relay.

Craig Lord

All good, Paolo, but one line: “anyway it doesn’t matter too much” … a sport that can’t keep its house and records book in order is a one that locks the door to wider interest … posted before your comment was left …


Craig, thanks for the reporting. Your facts, as always are bang on.

I was uncertain about whether the WJR was “only” 1:00.2, but obviously it’s what was infront of me.

That back end needs a bit of work, which will come with age. I look forward to the 50 backstroke. She could get down to the 28.14 WJR as well. I noted that there is a pending WJR from Daria K from this year Craig of 59.89 as well


Live stream from 12.00 GMT:

Craig Lord

That link is in the copy, Ger – this article and the latest:


Sorry Craig….completely missed it.

Craig Lord

No problem, Ger, good that folk can see the action.

paolo rubbiani

@Craig: I agree with you (as usual) about the WJRs and Fina.
With my “naive” english (so frustrating that I can’t express my thoughts better..) I say that is a subject “born bad and developed worse”.
But obviously you’re right: the WJRs should really be the real, historical WJRs

Craig Lord

Paolo, you express yourself far better in English than I can in Italian (though I can read my way through La Gazzetta reasonably well 🙂


La Gazzetta is 80% soccer anyway, so don’t bother …

Craig Lord



49,37 by Ribeiro on relay opening.. Chalmers Rooney Ribeiro and Spajari seems to be the strongest ones on 100 free by now..

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