Kyle Chalmers saves Australian 4x100m relay team for bronze medal

Kyle Chalmers delivers an erratic performance to save the Australian 4x100m relay team and collect a bronze medal

A flying anchor leg from Kyle Chalmers has lifted the Australian team to the bronze medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

The lineup of Matt Temple, Zac Incerti, Alexander Graham and Chalmers finished behind the United States and Italy in Monday’s final.

The medal lifts the total number in Tokyo in Australia to two golds, one silver and three bronzes – all won by swimmers.

A flying anchor leg from Kyle Chalmers has lifted the Australian team to the bronze medal in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics

The lineup of Matt Temple, Zac Incerti, Alexander Graham and Chalmers finished behind the United States and Italy in Monday's final

The lineup of Matt Temple, Zac Incerti, Alexander Graham and Chalmers finished behind the United States and Italy in Monday’s final

The men’s relievers could not repeat the exploits of their compatriots, who set a world record on Sunday by winning gold – their third consecutive Olympic title.

But reigning Olympic 100m champion Chalmers produced a stunning final leg to drag Australia from fifth on the podium to the podium.

The Australian men found the pace of the world record with Americans too fast to handle, and American star Caleb Dressel swam a striking opening goal.

Dressel is Chalmers’ main rival in the individual 100m freestyle – those opening motos will be held on Tuesday night.

The Americans led from start to finish in the relay final, winning 08.97 seconds in three minutes, with Australia 1.25 seconds behind third.

Kyle Chalmers delivered the erratic performance to save the Australian 4x100m relay team and pick up a bronze medal

Kyle Chalmers delivered the erratic performance to save the Australian 4x100m relay team and pick up a bronze medal

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