Kyle Chalmers slams the media, Cody Simpson teams up in the Commonwealth Games
Kyle Chalmers blew the media for his coverage as he made one last call that sealed Cody Simpson’s fate after his return to swimming.
Kyle Chalmers has criticized sections of the media for his coverage of the Australian Swimming Championships since he missed the team announcements on Sunday night in Adelaide, citing mental health issues.
Australia nominated its teams for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, but Chalmers was absent from the Adelaide ceremony, referring to the storm surrounding how his decision to compete would affect Cody Simpson.
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Chalmers, who finished second in the men’s 100m butterfly behind Matt Temple in Adelaide, initially planned not to swim in the event at next month’s World Championships in Budapest. This would have opened the doors for former pop star Simpson to join the Australian squad after setting the third fastest time in practice.
However, Chalmers later said he had reconsidered. Only the first two get a ticket to Budapest, so Simpson lost a seat.
Chalmers said he always loved the butterfly, but his body never allowed him to add it to his freestyle program. Now able to swim in both freestyle and butterfly, he hopes to include the latter in his schedule for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Although Simpson loses a spot at the World Championships, he will join the Dolphins squad for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham following his third place finish in the 100 butterfly last week.
It’s a stunning achievement for someone who only returned to swimming 18 months ago after 10 years of absence, ditching his guitar and microphone for goggles and goggles.
“They are sky high to be honest. I held my breath every day, every week. It’s such a relief to finally have that confirmation and go, “Simpson told Amazon Prime.
“When I got the message I was sitting there in my seat and I just collapsed and started hugging everyone I saw.
“It hasn’t sunk yet to tell the truth. It might not feel real until I’m on the blocks in England. I am speechless.
“I am so happy to have so many great new friends. I’ve already made so many great new friends and am excited about the new experiences to come. Let’s hope this is the first of a few. “
Chalmers has struck those who suggest the selection plot had something to do with his personal life, as rumors swirled after it emerged that Simpson is dating Chalmers’ ex-girlfriend, fellow swimming sensation Emma McKeon.
“The last few days have been really challenging for me mentally and emotionally and have taken a huge toll on me. I need to take care of my mental health and get back on my feet as I prepare for a huge year in the pool, ”Chalmers wrote on Instagram.
“The negative media attention surrounding my decision to compete in worlds and the invented plots surrounding my personal life have been more than I can handle. After giving my all for the sport and being so welcoming in the media comparisons throughout my career, it’s a shame to see them post stories that question my integrity for the sake of clicks and extra cash.
“The best thing for me right now is to take a break at home in Port Lincoln, surrounded by my friends and family.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent my country again, who knows how many other possibilities I will have to do so… So I am making the most of my opportunities and making my dreams come true before it all ends. I hope I can make you all proud “.
Swimming Australia supported Chalmers’ decision to step away from the spotlight, saying in a statement, “The last few days have been difficult for Kyle, both mentally and emotionally.
“He believes it is in the best interest of his mental health to stay in Port Lincoln with his family for the next few days. Swimming Australia fully supports his decision ”.
Simpson revealed last week Chalmers joined him to clear the air as their selection history dominated the headlines.
“He was great, he somehow reached out and we cleared the air about it. So that’s okay in that regard. I would respect his decision somewhat anyway,” Simpson told the Amazon Prime comment team. Video.
“I realized he had changed his mind, as he obviously has every right to do. You have the place. I didn’t finish second, I finished third. So for him to have done it (he finished second) especially with the limited preparation he had is quite remarkable.
Simpson said he was simply thrilled to be part of the emerging rivalry between him, Chalmers and Temple.
“It’s exciting to be a part of something like this,” he said.
“Being one of those three guys is already crazy to me. I look at those two guys and even up to two days ago I thought: ‘God, I’m so far ahead of me. I have so much work to do to be in the running too ‘”.
Originally published as Australian swimming star Kyle Chalmers strikes when Cody Simpson discovers his fate