Kyle Chalmers wins SILVER in 100m freestyle after sprint with American champ ...

Kyle Chalmers wins SILVER in 100m freestyle after sprint with American champ ...
Kyle Chalmers wins SILVER in 100m freestyle after sprint with American champ ...
Kyle Chalmers JUST misses out on Gold in the 100m freestyle with U.S. champ Caeleb Dressel winning one of the races of the Olympics

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Aussie sprint king Kyle Chalmers has finished second in the final of the 100m freestyle with America's Kyle Dressel taking gold.

Chalmers, who came from nowhere to win gold as an 18-year-old at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was looking to become the first Aussie to repeat as the fastest man in water.

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The 23-year-old from Port Lincoln touched in behind Dressel for Australia's second silver medal. 

Dressel, 24, was the oldest swimmer in the race and won gold in an Olympic record time, breaking Aussie Eamon Sullivan's record set at the 2008 Beijing Games. 

Chalmers said he was re-watching his 100m freestyle win at the 2016 Olympics this morning in the lead up to the race for inspiration as he attempted to pull off a historic achievement. 

'Obviously winning isn't everything… but it's pretty nice,' the devastated swimmer said post race. 'If the games were last year, I wouldn't be here' 

'I'm grateful for the support, my family and friends who have been there since day one. They've always been there for me.'

Aussie sprint king Kyle Chalmers has finished second in the final of the 100m freestyle with America's Kyle Dressel taking gold

Aussie sprint king Kyle Chalmers has finished second in the final of the 100m freestyle with America's Kyle Dressel taking gold

Dressel, 24, was the oldest swimmer in the race and won gold in an Olympic record time, breaking Aussie Eamon Sullivan's record set at the 2008 Beijing Games

Dressel, 24, was the oldest swimmer in the race and won gold in an

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