18-year-old Kyle Chalmers of Australia captured Olympic gold in the 100m freestyle, one of the premier events on the Olympic calendar, in a time of 47.58. It’s the first Australian gold in this event since Michael Wenden in Mexico City in 1968.
Belgium’s Pieter Timmers took the silver in 47.80 while Adrian was 0.05 seconds back to earn the bronze.
The world record, 46.91, was set at the 2009 World Championships at the height of the now-illegal rubberized supersuit era by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo; he did not qualify to race in front of a home crowd in any event at the 2016 Olympics.
Fellow American Caeleb Dressel – whose parents and family made it down to Rio thanks to a secret, surprise GoFundMe campaign set up by the Dressel siblings – finished sixth with 48.02. Dressel was part of the 4x100m freestyle relay that won gold alongside Michael Phelps, Adrian and Ryan Held.