Commonwealth Games: Kyle Chalmers pips Mack Horton to claim Gold in Men’s 200 Freestyle

Kyle Chalmers is fast becoming one of Australia’s brightest lights, beating Mack Horton to claim Gold in the Men’s 200m Freestyle at night two of the Commonwealth Games.

The 19-year-old first signalled his intentions back in 2016 when he won Gold at the Rio Olympics and since then his performances in the pool have been dominant.

Chalmers won the race with a new personal best, 1:45.56, beating Horton’s 1:45.89.


The man they call “The Big Tuna” said he’s still adjusting to swimming the 200m.

“It’s a fun race,” Chalmers said.

“Obviously I have to have that bit more practice on how to actually swim the race.

“I probably should be that (bit) quicker, but to be able to come home like that in the last 50 gives me great confidence for the 200m.”

Despite coming in second place, there was no bitterness from Horton who said he was happy to share a podium with Chalmers.

“We became great mates in Rio (2016 Olympic Games) when we shared the gold. It’s so special to do this with him in front of the home crowd,” he said.