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 West Illawarra under Vince Raleigh. Her best events are the 100m and 200m freestyles – she recently won four gold medals and two bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
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.
Barcelona World Championships
At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona McKeon won two silver medals competing in her best events, 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.
400m freestyle relay World Record
She also won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle relay, 400m medley relay, and 800m freestyle relay including 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.
Current world rankings
McKeon is currently ranked among the world’s fastest 100m and 200m freestylers for the year – times that she posted at the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships.
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.
McKeon won a bronze medal in the 200M free swimming a 1:54.92, losing only to two women who have both already won gold ibn these Olympics, Katrie Ledecky and Sarah Sjostrom.