Commonwealth Games 2022: Cody Simpson, Emma McKeon, Kyle Chalmers meet in public, Grant Hacket, Australian swimming news

Australian swimming legend Grant Hackett has revealed that Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson sat together during the storm that swirled around them at the Commonwealth Games.

On the same morning Simpson qualified for the men’s 100m butterfly semi-finals, Hackett said the three athletes wanted the rumors to be put to bed once and for all.

The trio have been engulfed in speculation about their private life.

All three said there was no friction between them.

McKeon dated Chalmers last year. She is now in a relationship with Simpson.

Chalmers said the speculation was “actually just cr**”. I also revealed his mom cried this week following the swirling rumors and said he’s at breaking point as he continues to deal with mental health issues.

Chalmers also withdrew from the men’s 100m butterfly on Monday night, an event where Simpson and national champion Matt Temple advanced to the semifinals, to focus on his favorite event, the 100m freestyle. Chalmers set a new Commonwealth Games record in the semi-finals yesterday and comes into the event as the man to beat.

McKeon, who yesterday broke the record for most gold medals ever at a Commonwealth Games, is also the fastest qualifier for the 50m butterfly final.

It would be an incredible effort for the pair to deliver another gold medal to Australia amidst the storm.

Hackett, who was one of Simpson’s best mentors when he returned to swimming, revealed the media frenzy had taken its toll on all three swimmers, who all want to be gone as soon as possible.

“They’re professionals, they’re teammates, they get along, they respect each other where they need it, and they go out there and they perform for the country and they support each other.” he said on Nine’s Today’s show.

“You already have the pressure of performance from all over the country – there are huge expectations when it comes to the Australian swimming team, especially when it comes to the Commonwealth Games.

“We still have that first week, and we still dominate in general, but that comes with a lot of pressure in terms of performance.

“So it’s continually coming out, which really takes the focus away from some of the big performances.

“It was a story that came back to the Commonwealth Games Trials a few months ago, and the three put it to bed.

“Kyle came out very openly and said, this is a bunch of garbage.

“No one had a problem. They couldn’t believe the fuss around it.

Originally published as Swimming legend Grant Hackett reveals Australian trio met privately