The Australian swimming team won a relay gold medal at the Commonwealth Games despite an awkward love triangle causing drama for some of its members.
The swimmers’ body language on Friday night suggested tensions were running high between a former pop star-turned-swimmer who dated Miley Cyrus, his 11-time Olympic medalist girlfriend, and his bitter ex.
Australian star Emma McKeon, who won seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics, dated fellow medley team member Kyle Chalmers for a few months last year.
Since splitting, McKeon has begun a relationship with pop star-turned-swimmer Cody Simpson, who was a child prodigy in the pool and has now returned to the sport.
Exes McKeon and Chalmers joined Mollie O’Callaghan and William Zu Yang in the mixed 4x100m medley relay final at the Sandwell Aquatics Center but were the only team not to raise their hands in unison before kickoff sending the race.
Then, despite securing the gold medal, the celebrations were tinged with awkwardness as McKeon and Chalmers did not shake hands after claiming victory on the first day of the Birmingham Games.
The Australian swimming team won a gold medal in the mixed relay at the Commonwealth Games despite bad feelings between exes Emma McKeon (far left) and Kyle Chalmers (middle)
The love triangle began when Emma McKeon started dating teammate Cody Simpson (pictured together) after a brief relationship with fellow Aussie swimmer Kyle Chalmers last year
australian sprinter William Yang and youngster Mollie O’Callaghan were quick to shake McKeon’s hand, but Chalmers was uninterested and talked it over with the Canadian team instead.
O’Callaghan then placed himself between the former couple as the team collected their medals on the podium.
During a later TV interview, Chalmers made sure Yang and O’Callaghan were between him and once flame McKeon, who is now dating pop star-turned-swimmer Cody Simpson.
Chalmers also made no reference to McKeon and O’Callaghan when he reflected on team swimming.
“It’s (a bit different swimming in the middle) but it’s still against the boys, right?” he said.
“You always race against those fastest boys, anyway, so it doesn’t seem that different.”
Kyle Chalmers still harbors some resentment towards his ex-girlfriend Emma McKeon if his frigid conduct on the first night of competition at the Commonwealth Games is any guide.
Emma McKeon (left) and Kyle Chalmers (second from right) created a chilling atmosphere as they won gold in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay
To make matters worse for Chalmers, McKeon’s new flame Cody Simpson is also in Birmingham for the games.
Simpson, who previously dated Miley Cyrus, Bella Thorne and Gigi Hadid, was a child prodigy but later turned to acting and music as a career before returning to the pool in 2019.
Australia’s swimming team officials no doubt felt that McKeon and Kyle Chalmers could move on from their turbulent dating past – but the tension in the relationship clearly remains, at least in Chalmers’ eyes.
At national trials in April, Chalmers was accused of trying to kick Simpson out of the team when he announced he would be competing in the 50m butterfly for the Commonwealth Games – the same event Simpson was trying to compete for. to qualify.
Both men eventually secured their spot on the team in the 50m butterfly – but in shock they failed to advance to the final in Birmingham, bombing their respective semi-finals.
Simpson’s favorite event is the 100 butterfly, and he was pleased with his efforts in the 50 butterfly semi-final.
Pictured: Swimmers Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon find out they were part of the team
Pictured: Australian swimmers Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon on a trip to Barcelona
“It’s nice to have that (swimming) under my belt at the start of the week,” Simpson told Channel 7. “It’s special to be here.
“It’s the fire that never left, that never went out. An itch that I had to scratch. 2024 (Olympic Games in Paris) will be a bonus.
“I’m here to try to gain as much experience as possible. I was quite relieved when they told me I could swim the 50 butterfly…it’s a good way to get a feel for the pool.
Australian head coach Rohan Taylor has praised Simspon for how he has fitted into the team so well.
He said: “Cody has a very generous and humble personality, always smiling, always encouraging and supporting.
“He was fantastic, he integrated well without any problems. It was really nice to have him.
McKeon said: “Everyone has an opinion on everything and we have a really good relationship and we enjoy each other’s company and that’s all that matters to us.”
‘We get along so well. We are like best friends. It’s refreshing, peaceful and exciting – I’m really happy.