RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - In a race that was decided by mere milliseconds, it was Australia's Kyle Chalmers who nearly grabbed gold, beating Belgium's Pieter Timmers and the United States' Nathan Adrian, with Timmers and Adrian earning silver and bronze, respectively.
The 100m freestyle event featured 2012 London Olympic Games gold medalist Adrian facing off against the world. The semifinals saw Adrian leading the field by a narrow margin of five-hundredths of a second over Australia's Chalmers heading into the final event.
Chalmers, Timmers and Adrian were only separated by 0.27 seconds in Wednesday's event.
Fellow Team USA member Caeleb Dressel finished sixth in Wednesday's race.
The results of the 100m freestyle event are as follows:
- Kyle Chalmers - Australia: 47.58
- Pieter Timmers - Belgium: 47.80
- Nathan Adrian - United States: 47.85
- Santo Condorelli - Canada: 47.88
- Duncan Scott - Great Britain: 48.01
- Caeleb Dressel - United States: 48.02
- Cameron McEvoy - Australia: 48.12
- Marcelo Chierighini - Brazil: 48.41
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