Cody Simpson coasts through in the 50m men’s butterfly heats with love rival Kyle Chalmers


Cody Simpson and Kyle Chalmers both crash out of 50m men’s butterfly semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games in rare failure for Australian swim team

  • Cody Simpson advanced to the semi-finals of the 50m men’s butterfly 
  • The Australian finished second behind Jacob Thomas Taylor Peters in the heats 
  • Fellow countryman and love rival Kyle Chalmers also coasted to the semis 
  • However both crashed out in separate races to miss the final and a medal shot 

Aussie swimmers Cody Simpson and Kyle Chalmers have both crashed out of the 50 metre butterfly semi-finals to dull what was otherwise a golden day.

Both were expected to make the final and press for medals, but bombed out in their respective semi-finals with Simpson finishing sixth and Chalmers fifth.

Fellow Australian swimmer Matt Temple also failed to make the final, finishing sixth behind Chalmers.

Simpson was 10th in the heats and was just 0.05 seconds outside his personal best time.

Simpson wasn’t expected to swim in the 50 metre butterfly but a spot opened up when Cooper was sent home by Swimming Australia

‘It’s pretty wild,’ he said on Channel 7. ‘You dream about it, to hopefully get here and repping the country.

‘It’s special to be here. It’s the fire that never left, never went out. An itch I had to scratch. 2024 will be a bonus.

‘I’m here to try to get as much experience as I can. I was pretty relieved when they told me I could swim the 50 … it’s a good way to get a feel for the pool.’

When teenage star Isaac Cooper was sent home for ‘some wellbeing challenges, including the use of medication’ according to Swimming Australia, it opened up a spot in the 50 metre butterfly for Simpson.

He is considered a very real option to swim the butterfly leg in the 4x100m men’s medley relay heats and might also swim in the heats for the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Not the result that Chalmers was looking for in the 50 metre butterfly at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Not the result that Chalmers was looking for in the 50 metre butterfly at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Australian head coach Rohan Taylor told News Corp that he wanted separate swimmers in the relay heats and finals to keep his stars fresh, which is good news for Simpson.

‘The medley relays will be picked on form so it goes down to where he finishes. We will have a heats team and a finals team so there’s an opportunity there for sure,’ Taylor said.

‘Cody has a really generous, humble personality, always smiling, always encouraging and supporting.

‘He’s been fantastic, he’s fitted right in no problems. It’s been really enjoyable having him.’

Earlier, Simpson showed no sign of nerves on his Commonwealth Games debut as the swimming sensation cruised through in the men’s 50m butterfly.

The former pop star, 25, took to the pool on the opening day of the Games in Birmingham on Friday, participating in the heats for the men’s 50m butterfly – his favoured stroke.

And it was smooth sailing for the Australian star, who settled for second place behind England’s Jacob Thomas Taylor Peters. 

Cody Simpson has advanced to the semi finals of the 50m men's butterfly in Birmingham

Cody Simpson has advanced to the semi finals of the 50m men’s butterfly in Birmingham

Fellow Aussie and love rival Kyle Chalmers finished first in his heat on Friday morning

Fellow Aussie and love rival Kyle Chalmers finished first in his heat on Friday morning

Shortly after Simpson’s showing, his countryman-turned-love rival Kyle Chalmers entered the pool and also booked his place in the semi-final. 

Chalmers was the former boyfriend of Simpson’s current partner Emma McKeon, and ironed out a poor start to finish strong and take first place.

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