RIO 2016: Gold and two silvers for Australia in the pool

SWIMMING: 18-year-old Kyle Chalmers has upstaged fellow Australian Cameron McEvoy to take the Olympic 100m freestyle goal medal.

Chalmers broke the world junior record for the third time in the Games with a time of 47.58.

Belgium's Pieter Timmers finished in the silver medal spot with defending champion Nathan Adrian in bronze.

McEvoy, who came into Rio with the fastest time in the world, finished in seventh in 48.12.

Chalmers said he could not come to terms with what he had achieved.



"It's definitely still sinking in I have actually won, so it was a good race," he told Channel Seven.

"I faded towards the end there especially when I got under the flags, I was worried I glided too long at that finish, happy with that.

"It's unbelievable, I'm only 18, Nathan is 10 years older than me, already being an Olympic champion, being next to me was daunting.

"I had to stick to my guns, they were out fast, he was a body length in front of me, once I came off the wall I had to build, get to the wall first which I managed to do, very happy."

The teenager is the first Australian since Michael Wenden in 1968 take the Blue Riband event at the Olympics.

He follows Wenden, Jon Hendriks (1956) and John Devitt (1960) in taking the 100m at the Games.

It had already been a good night in the pool, with Aussie Madeline Groves winning the silver in the 200m butterfly.

She ended up just 0.03 seconds behind gold medallist, Mireia Belmonte Garcia from Spain.

Another Australian, Brianna Throssell, finished last.

Groves, 21, is the first to take a medal in this race since Jessicah Schipper finished third in Beijing in 2008.


In the final event of the day, Australia won another silver, with the women finishing second to the Americans, led home by Katie Ledecky, who took her third gold.

Cate Campbell set another Olympic record in winning her semi-final for Friday morning's 100m freestyle final.

The time of 52.71 seconds eclipsed the mark she set earlier in the day by 0.07s in the heat.

Younger sister Bronte also advanced to Friday's final, winning her semi in 53.29 to be fifth-fastest qualifier.

In the men's 200m backstroke, dual world champion Mitch Larkin qualified second-fastest for the final, while Josh Beavers missed out.

Queensland's Taylor McKeown qualified fastest for 200m breaststroke final on Friday.

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