Hopeful Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Kaylee McKeown has confirmed her bountiful form by setting a 200 meter short-range world record at the virtual Australian national championships in Brisbane.
The teenager clocked 58 for a minute. 94 seconds on Friday to lift almost half a second from the 2014 mark of the Hungarian Katinka Hosszu (1:59). 23).
« A short course is something we don’t have to do very often. So I was curious to see what I could endure after solid training this year, « said 19-year-old McKeown.
« I went up to my teammates and my coach and they said, ‘You just got a world record!’ and I thought, ‘What?’ I didn’t know until a few minutes later. «
Australia’s national short-distance swimming championships have been moved to a virtual platform this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The titles started on Thursday and run through Sunday, with swimmers simultaneously in Sydney (Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center), Melbourne (Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center), Brisbane (Chandler), Perth (Perth Superdrome) and Hobart ( Hobart Aquatic Center).
McKeown’s two closest challengers were in the same pool, and Minna Atherton stopped the clock at 2:03. 64 and Jessica Unicomb register a time of 2:07. 07 in Brisbane.
But the next three on the top times list were Olivia Lefoe, Sophie Caldwell and Ashley Weill – all of whom swam in Melbourne.
At long-distance meetings at the 2018 Youth Olympics, McKeown won gold in 50 m, silver in 100 m and bronze in 200 m in the back, before winning silver in 200 m for seniors in Gwangju last year.
She swam the seventh fastest 200 m (2:05). 83) and ninth fastest 100 m (58). 62) of all time in January before the COVID-19 pandemic put its season on hold.
She returned to improve her 100m personal best to 58. 11 and the 200m until 2:04. 49 to record the Australian records in Brisbane earlier this month.
The health crisis has also forced the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed by 12 months, but that hasn’t diminished McKeown’s determination to secure a spot in the biggest swimming competition of all.
« In Australia we have some of the best women in the world attending my events. So it’s difficult, « she told the Olympic website last month.
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