Rumours swirl around Aussie swimming champions' new romance

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Kyle Chalmers and Emma McKeon, pictured here at the Tokyo Olympics.
Kyle Chalmers and Emma McKeon are reportedly dating. Image: Getty

Australian sport reportedly has a new golden couple, with rumours swirling that swimmers Emma McKeon and Kyle Chalmers are dating.

According to the Daily Telegraph, McKeon and Chalmers were spotted looking very cosy together the day after the Australian swimming trials in Adelaide in July.

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"They haven’t been far from each other’s side since," the publication reports.

The pair were in Naples last week for the International Swimming League, with both on the London Roar team.

The rumours reportedly intensified when they appeared on a London Roar podcast together, which came after they both flew straight to Europe following the Tokyo Olympics.

McKeon and Chalmers are two of the superstars of Australian swimming, with the former becoming our most decorated Olympian ever at the recent Tokyo Games.

McKeon became the first female swimmer and second in any sport in history to win seven medals at one Olympic Games.

In doing so, she won the 11th Olympic medal of her incredible career, breaking the Australian record previously held by Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones (nine).

She won four gold medals in Tokyo (100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay), as well as three bronze (4x100m medley relay, 100m butterfly and 4x100m mixed medley relay).

She also won four medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 - gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay, as well as bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Chalmers has six Olympic medals in his trophy cabinet, winning a silver and two bronze at the Tokyo Games.

He also won gold in the 100m freestyle at the Rio Olympics, as well as two bronze medals.

Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madi Wilson and Leah Neale, pictured here with their bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madi Wilson and Leah Neale celebrate with their bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Kyle Chalmers' split with Madi Wilson

The 23-year-old previously dated fellow swimmer Madi Wilson, who teamed up with McKeon to win bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay in Tokyo.

Chalmers and Wilson split earlier this year after being together since 2015.

“Madi and Kyle were pretty much living together, so their relationship was serious,” one insider told the Daily Telegraph.

“The break-up hasn’t been easy on Madi especially, but they are amicable and still talking.

“That’s not to say Madi hasn’t been struggling with it and her recent Covid diagnosis has made the situation harder.”

Wilson was hospitalised in Italy last week after testing positive to COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated.

The 27-year-old, who won gold as a member of Australia's 4x100m freestyle relay team at the Tokyo Olympics, said it was a major wake-up call.

"Even though I am double vaccinated and took the right precaution set in place through the ISL, I have managed to fall to this virus," Wilson posted on Instagram.

"It's been a crazy few months and I believe being run down physically and mentally may have made me more susceptible.

"I feel extremely unlucky but I do believe this is a huge wake up call.

"Covid is a serious thing and when it comes it hits very hard. I'd be stupid not to say I wasn't scared."

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