21-year-old Emma McKeon is having a break-out meet while competing at the 2016 Australian National Championships/Olympic Trials, characterized by two monster individual wins thus far.
After already having earned an Olympic berth in the women’s 100m butterfly, McKeon rocked a shiny new Australian National Record, All Comers Record and Olympic-qualifying mark of 1:54.83 in the women’s 200m freestyle tonight.
En route to clocking the field’s only sub-1:55 time (or 1:56 for that matter), McKeon shaved over half a second off of her own previous record of 1:55.53. In fact, her outing tonight would have earned gold at the 2015 FINA World Championships and now positions her as 2nd in the world this season only behind America’s Katie Ledecky.
Split comparison between McKeon’s old and new Australian/All Comers Records:
Previous Record – 56.49/59.04 = 1:55.53
New Record – 55.27/59.26 = 1:54.83
McKeon took the race out over a second faster than she did when she broke the record at the New South Wales State Championships this past March. The next closest competitor to McKeon in tonight’s race in Adelaide, Bronte Barratt, was out in just 56.54 for comparison.
Headed into this meet, McKeon’s best times besides her previous national record included the 1:55.68 and 1:55.88 she clocked at the 2014 and 2015 Australian Championships, respectively. The National Team member didn’t have that kind of speed at last summer’s FINA World Championships however, as McKeon settled for 7th place in the 200m freestyle event. She managed times of 1:56.95 in semi-finals and 1:56.41 in the finals.