Emma McKeon is a sprint specialist and member of Australia’s National Team. Born May 24, 1994 McKeon is from Wollongog, New Wales, and currently trains with St. Peters swimming club with Michael Bohl. Her best events are the 100m and 200m freestyles, and 100m butterfly.
McKeon is also studying at Griffith University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Health Promotion and majoring in Nutrition. She’s a bit of a junk-food addict – she says that her favorite drink is a caramel milkshake and her favorite food is ice cream. She also lists water skiing as one of her hobbies, and her ideal day off includes sleeping and a day at the beach.
She comes from an athletic family; her brother, uncle, mother, and father all swam. McKeon’s brother, David, and her father, Ron, are both Olympic swimmers, but Emma qualified for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the same Brisbane pool that her mother, Susie, and her uncle qualified in for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
In 2010 McKeon medaled in three major international competitions to fill her breakout year. At the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii she won three silvers in the 400m freestyle relay, 100m freestyle and the 50m freestyle as well as a bronze in the 200m freestyle. At the Youth Olympics in Singapore McKeon won gold in the 400m medley relay, a silver in the 100m butterfly, and two bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyles. McKeon also won a bronze medal in the 400m medley relay at the World Short Course Championships in Dubai.
2013 Barcelona World Championships
At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona McKeon won two silver medals competing in the 400m freestyle relay and the 800m freestyle relay.
2014 Pan Pacs
2014 was another big year for McKeon. At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships held in the Gold Coast, McKeon won silver on the 800m freestyle relay, but also competed in the 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle.
2014 Commonwealth Games
McKeon won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle relay, 400m medley relay, and 800m freestyle relay and two bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle. McKeon’s 400m freestyle relay win at the Commonwealth Games was also a World Record.
2016 Rio Olympics
McKeon finished almost a full second behind new Olympic Record Holder Sarah Sjostrom in the semifinals of the 100 M Fly but two tenths or more ahead of the rest of the field to put her in contention of a medal. In the finals, she would end up having to settle for 6th place.
However, McKeon bounced back to won a bronze medal in the 200M free swimming a 1:54.92, losing to only two women who had both already won gold in these Olympics, Katie Ledecky and Sarah Sjostrom.
2017 FINA World Championships
On Day one, McKeon helped her Aussie teammates to a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay, splitting 52.29.
In the final of the 100m butterfly on day two McKeon found a way to shave an additional time off her personal best mark to snag silver in a new Commonwealth and Australian National Record of 56.18.
Day four in a thrilling 200 freestyle battle, McKeon and Katie Ledecky tied for silver–Ledecky’s first silver in a major international championships. Both women were faster the previous night in the semis, 1:54.99 for McKeon and 1:54.69 for Ledecky, but each wound up touching in 1:55.18 for the tie in the finals. Italy swim star Federica Pellegrini won in 1:54.73.
McKeon swim the second leg on Australia’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay, splitting 1:56.26, teaming with Madison Wilson, Kotuku Ngawati, and Ariarne Titmus to win the bronze medal.
In the 4X100m Mixed Medley Relay, McKeon swam the butterfly leg, teaming with Mitchell Larkin, Daniel Cave, and Bronte Campbell to win the silver medal. The foursome set a new Oceanic record with a time of 3:41.21, just 0.04 seconds ahead of the bronze medalists, Canada.
In the finals of the 100m Freestyle, McKeon could only muster an eighth place finish with a time of 53.21, off her best time of 52.80.
In the 4x100m Medley Relay, McKeon swam the butterfly leg, splitting a 56.78 to help Australia win the bronze medal. Swimming with Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown and Bronte Campbell, Australia finished behind the US and Russia.