Australia’s most decorated Olympian Emma McKeon revealed today that she will not be pursuing a spot on the nation’s roster for the 2022 FINA World Aquatic Championships.
Although the versatile 27-year-old is slated to race at the Trials meet taking place in May, she is reportedly only potentially seeking a bid for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as opposed to Budpaest, but even that is not definite.
“Emma’s a definite no for worlds,” Bohl told Courier Mail. “We made a decision we’re going to back-end the year.”
“With someone like Emma, you’ve got to look at 2024 and work back from there,” Bohl said. “Looking short-term is not the sensible option for someone like her.
“As the years get closer to 2024 they get more important.”
When the 2022 Worlds were originally slated for Fukuoka this May, Swimming Australia announced that several upper-echelon athletes would be able to bypass the elite competition in favor of the Commonwealth Games.
Since Worlds has not been inserted by FINA onto the 2022 calendar for June/July due to Fukuoka’s postponement to 2023, McKeon is the first Aussie to make her racing intentions known.
At the 2019 FINA World Championships, McKeon earned 100m fly bronze individually and also reaped multiple relay medals and a World Record as a member of Australia’s women’s 4x200m free relay.