Teenager Kaylee McKeown smashed the ladies’s 100m backstroke world file Sunday, touching in 57.45sec on the Australian Olympic trials in Adelaide, dedicating it to her father who died final yr.
The 19-year-old, who has been in blistering type this yr, swam a sensational race to comb previous American rival Regan Smith’s all-time mark of 57.57, set on the 2019 world championships.
McKeown turned in 28.10 and was by no means beneath menace as she powered to the end.
Veteran Emily Seebohm hit the wall second in 58.59 to additionally ebook her place in Tokyo in what will probably be her fourth Olympics.
“I simply can’t imagine it. I simply wished to return in tonight and blow out the cobwebs,” McKeown stated poolside in Adelaide with tears in her eyes.
“It’s been an enormous yr for me and my household. It’s been 10 months since my dad handed right now. So with that behind me and doing that I believe he can be very proud.”
McKeown, whose father died final yr from mind most cancers, is shaping as much as be a severe a number of gold medal contender in Japan.
She can also be anticipated to qualify within the 200m backstroke, having lately set the fourth quickest time in historical past, and the 200m particular person medley, the place she owns the world’s finest time this season.
Australia received ten medals within the pool on the 2016 Games in Rio, matching their feat from London 4 years earlier, however nicely down on the 20 they clinched in Beijing in 2008.
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