Kyle Chalmers wins SILVER 100m freestyle after sprinting with American champion Caeleb Dressel

Kyle Chalmers wins SILVER in the 100m freestyle after a thrilling sprint with US champion Caeleb Dressel – as Australia’s dream run in the pool continues

Australian sprint king Kyle Chalmers has finished second in the 100m freestyle final, with American Kyle Dressel taking gold.

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

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

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

“I am grateful for the support, my family and friends who have been there from day one. They have always been there for me,” Chalmers said after the race.

Australian sprint king Kyle Chalmers has finished second in the 100m freestyle final with American Kyle Dressel taking gold

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

Dressel, 24, was the oldest swimmer in the race, winning gold in an Olympic record time, breaking the Aussie Eamon Sullivan’s record at the 2008 Beijing Games

Chalmers, who has said in the past that he only used swimming as “fitness” for AFL, was one of the top men’s medalists in the pool and the anchor leg of the relay teams.

Only Dawn Fraser repeated as 100m champion for Australia, who won her third gold in the 100m freestyle at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

Australia starts Thursday’s competition in fifth place on the medal table with seven golds, one silver and nine bronze.

Chalmers was the only Australian to defend an individual title in Tokyo and came out of his semi-final with confidence.

“I’ve always performed at the end of the game,” he said.

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

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

Previously, Zac Stubblety-Cook won gold and broke an Olympic record in the men’s 200m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Games – as the Australian swimmers continue to dominate in the pool.

The 22-year-old from Queensland hit the wall in record time at two minutes and 6.38 seconds followed closely behind Dutchman Arno Kamminga and Finnish swimmer Matti Mattsson.

Stubblety-Cook was a favorite to win after taking first place in the semifinals with the fastest time of two minutes, 7.35 seconds.

Since the previous Games in Tokyo in 1964, no Australian had won the final of the 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympic Games.

Speaking after his sensational dive to Channel 7, Stubblety-Cook said he was “lost” while his family and long-term girlfriend Ella Martinkovic cheered him on from home.

“Unbelievable, I wouldn’t be here without their support, but it’s been five tough years and honestly I can’t put it into words,” he said.

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