Kyle Chalmers failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly at the world championships in Budapest, following his controversial backflip on the event.
The 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m freestyle is attempting to add butterfly to his program ahead of the 2024 Paris Games.
That saw him decide, when he finished second in the Australian trials ahead of ex-pop star Cody Simpson, to take a spot in the Dolphins team at the world championships.
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However Chalmers swum just a 52.70 – over a second slower than his trials time – in Hungary to finish 22nd overall, well out of the top 16.
At the trials in Adelaide last month, both he and Simpson swum times that would’ve been fast enough to make the semi-finals.
Australian champion Matt Temple qualified 12th fastest with a 51.86 as Hungary’s Kristof Milak topped the charts with a 50.68.
Simpson and Chalmers are both expected to swim at the Commonwealth Games later this year in Birmingham, and cleared the air following the drama at the trials.
“I was holding my breath all week, wondering what decision Kyle was going to make,” Simpson said.
“He’s obviously in his right – he qualified second, so I was going to respect whatever decision he wanted to make.”