SYDNEY (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympic enthusiastic Kaylee McKeown has actually validated her abundant capillary of type by asserting a 200 metres backstroke brief program globe document at the online Australian championship games in Brisbane.
The teen clocked one min 58.94 secs on Friday to take almost half a 2nd off Hungarian Katinka Hosszu’s 2014 mark (1:59.23).
“Short course is something we don’t get to do very often, so I was excited to see what I could put up after some solid training this year,” claimed 19-year-old McKeown.”I headed over to my team mates and my coach and they said, ‘You just got a world-record!’, and I was like, ‘What?’. I didn’t actually know till a few minutes later.”
Australia’s nationwide brief program swimming champions were transferred to a digital system this year due to the pandemic, with swimmers completing concurrently in swimming pools in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and also Hobart.
In long program satisfies, McKeown won gold in the 50m, silver in the 100m and also bronze in the 200m backstroke at the 2018 Youth Olympics prior to asserting an elderly globe champion silver in the 200m in Gwangju in 2014.
She swam the seventh-fastest 200m (2:05.83) and also ninth-fastest 100m (58.62) of perpetuity in January prior to the COVID-19 pandemic placed her period on hold.
She went back to boost her individual bests in the 100m to 58.11 and also the 200m to 2:04.49 to take the Australian documents in Brisbane previously this month.
The wellness dilemma likewise required the post ponement of the Tokyo Olympics by year, yet that has actually not reduced McKeown’s decision to make an area at the most significant swimming fulfill of them all.
“In Australia, we have some of the top women in the world racing in my events, so it’s tough,” she informed the Olympic site last month. “But being able to go to the Olympic Games is what I’ve been dreaming of.”
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