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Kyle Chalmers engagement news sparks wave of messages ahead of Olympics swimming campaign

The swimming world is delighted for Australia's former Olympic Games gold medallist.

Australian Olympic Games swimming champion Kyle Chalmers has announced his engagement to fellow swimmer Ingeborg Løyning from Norway, in news that has sparked a flood of messages for the happy couple. Chalmers is a fan favourite of Australian swimming and won the 100m freestyle title at the Olympic swimming trials last week to qualify for the Paris Games next month in what will be his third Olympic Games campaign.

Things have gotten even better for the 25-year-old ahead of the Olympics, with Chalmers taking to social media to share the wonderful news that he and his girlfriend are ready to tie the knot. Løyning is also an Olympian and represented Norway at the Tokyo Games in 2021, where she competed in the 100m and 200m backstroke but was unable to progress past the heats in either event, despite breaking the national record for Norway in the 200m.

Aussie Olympic swimming champion Kyle Chalmers announced his engagement to Norwegian swimmer Ingeborg Løyning. Pic: Getty/Instagram
Aussie Olympic swimming champion Kyle Chalmers announced his engagement to Norwegian swimmer Ingeborg Løyning. Pic: Getty/Instagram

Løyning revealed in December last year that she had been dating Chalmers for around 12 months after moving to Adelaide to live and train with the Aussie swimming star. “Yes, we are a couple,” she confirmed at the time. “We have been there for quite some time, since around December. That is not the whole reason, but one of the reasons why I went down to train in Australia.”

The pair have now decided to take their relationship to the next level, with Chalmers posting a number of photos of them together on Instagram to confirm the engagement. The caption on the post from Chalmers reads “19.06.24” and is accompanied by infinity symbol, with Løyning showing off the shiny ring on her wedding finger.

The beautiful news prompted a wave of messages from around the swimming world, with Ariarne Titmus, Grant Hackett and Shayna Jack among those to send their congratulations. Elijah Winnington was also among the numbers of excited swimmers after replying: “Yew yew yew”, while Jack wrote: “Congratulations to you both.” English breaststroker Adam Peaty also shared his congratulations to both swimmers, while Aussie long distance swimmer Sam Short commented: “I would say simp, but this is awesome. Congrats man.”

The development comes after Chalmers qualified for his pet event at the Paris Games as he attempts to replicate his gold medal from the Rio 2016 Games. Chalmers had to settle for silver in the 100m freestyle at the Tokyo Games in 2021 but will have his work cut out in Paris after blistering form from some of his Olympic rivals.

Romanian sensation David Popovici just swam the third-fastest 100m freestyle of all time with a time of 46.88 seconds at the European Championships in Belgrade. Popovici was just 0.08 off the world record set in February by China's Pan Zhanle at the World Championships in Doha.

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In contrast, Chalmers was well back after swimming a 47.75 at Australia's selection trials in Brisbane last week. However, the 25-year-old did so in spite of a recurring back complaint that flared up again before the meet. Chalmers has been mixing his swim training with working as a landscape labourer on Queensland's Sunshine Coast but took a day off a few weeks back to rest up for the trials and wasn't sure if he'd even be able to compete.

Seen here, Kyle Chalmers after winning the 100m freestyle at the Olympic swimming trials.
Kyle Chalmers won the 100m freestyle at the Olympic swimming trials. Image: Getty

"I just spent the day laying on the couch, which my body is clearly not used to," Chalmers said. "It got pretty stiff and then the Saturday morning, I tried to do a dive and it just all spasmed and locked up.

"I saw physios and doctors and the best thing I could do was to get four cortisones in my lower back and try to get moving again. I am just grateful to be here racing and be back on the mend. I know that I can get it right... in time (for the Olympics). I have put on a pretty brave face to be able to get through but it has definitely been quite challenging."

Chalmers, who won silver in the 100m freestyle in Tokyo in 2021, is bidding to become the first Australian to win two Olympic gold medals in the blue riband event. The 25-year-old suffers bulging discs and a degenerative spine, and has now had 10 cortisone injections in his back during his career. He had a second round of heart surgery in 2020 to correct an irregular heart beat, and has had various injuries and mental health battles throughout his career.