Chalmers, Balandin hog the limelight

Australia’s young gun Kyle Chalmers won the Olympic 100m freestyle gold on Wednesday to end his country’s 48-year drought in swimming’s prestige event.

GO AUSSIE GO! Kyle Chalmers, all of 18 years old, delighted Australian fans with a superb sprint to dethrone Nathan Adrian in the men's 100m freestyle event

The 18-year-old, who was swimming in his school carnival earlier this year, stormed home to win in a junior world record of 47.58sec, 22-tenths of a second ahead of Belgian silver medallist Pieter Timmers’s 47.80 with 2012 gold medallist Nathan Adrian of the United States third in 47.85.

While Chalmers put Australia back where it long felt it belonged, on the podium, Dmitriy Balandin put in his home country on the swimming map, winning Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medal in the sport — a gold in the 200m breaststroke.

Balandin overhauled early pacesetter Yasuhiro Koseki of Japan at the final turn to win in 2min 07.46sec.

American Josh Prenot, who came into the Games atop the 2016 world rankings, was second in 2:07.53 and Russia’s Anton Chupkov was third in 2:07.70.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte-Garcia rallied to win the 200m butterfly. — Agencies