Australia’s Emma McKeon Also Drops 200 Free at World Championships


The women’s 200 free at the 2019 World Championships, which kicks off with prelims races on Tuesday morning in Gwangju, has blown wide open in the hour before the session starts.

Now 2 of the biggest favorites to medal in the event have both withdrawn. After American Katie Ledecky pulled out due to illness, Australia’s Emma McKeon has also withdrawn, according to Australian journalist Phil Lutton. McKeon was the #3 seed and Ledecky the #4 seed.

The latest announcement, McKeon, is also said to be dealing with illness and will use the day as a “resting day,” Lutton says. McKeon took a bronze medal in her first individual final, the 100 fly, and also has a gold as part of Australia’s women’s 400 free relay. She still has a remaining individual entry in the 100 free, where she’s the #2 seed behind countrymate Cate Campbell, as well as presumably both Australian women’s relays, and possibly their mixed relays as well.

The 25-year old McKeon is a 4-time Olympic medalist, including an individual bronze in this 200 free in Rio. She placed 2nd in the 200 free at the 2017 World Championships, won the race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and took bronze at the 2008 Commonwealth Games.

Ledecky and McKeon tied for silver in this race in 2017 at Worlds.

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2 years ago

You know, the 200 wasn’t that great of an event anyway

Swimmer A
Reply to  Oldbay
2 years ago

Lol it really was like a pay per view fight

2 years ago

Well with Sjostrom likely not as well based on her comments there go 3 of my four pickems. Yikes. Also this race just became a lot less exciting, basically Titmus v Ruck and Pellegrini

Reply to  Bob1235
2 years ago

Not anymore. Ruck also scratched.

Philip Johnson
2 years ago

Get well Emma.

2 years ago

McKeon hasn’t looked quite as sharp as she did at the trials. I wonder if there’s a bug going round in Gwangju?

William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Is there something in the water !??? Whats going on… feel bad for these poor swimmers. I hope they recover in time and it doesnt ruin the rest of their meets! I guess the 200m free is more open now, but not as wide open as people prob think… Taylor Ruck is a shoe-in for a medal, and Pellegrini has medalled in every 200 free at worlds since 2005. Intriguing to say the least what transpires now– as if it wasnt super exciting already.

Reply to  William Charles Alexander
2 years ago

Maybe Pellegrini’s been poisoning swimmers to extend her run.

Reply to  Troy
2 years ago


2 years ago

Is Titmus really this intimidating?

William Charles Alexander
Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
2 years ago

She isnt nicknamed Arnie “The Terminator” Titmus for no reason.

Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
2 years ago

No. There’s a stomach bug going round.

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