Emma McKeon Denies Titmus In 200; Clocks New PB & Fastest Since 2016

Pellegrini Federica Italy


Beating her bronze medal-winning time from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, 25-year-old Emma McKeon unleashed a monster 1:54.55 winning mark in tonight’s 200m freestyle.

Competing on night 3 of the 2019 Aussie World Trials, the Griffith University star crushed the women’s field on the whole, with National Record holder Ariarne Titmus finishing about a half second behind in 1:55.09, with Shayna Jack rounding out the top 3 in 1:56.37 still both stellar times in their own right. Titmus’ time also dips under the World Championships QT.

For McKeon, the versatile multiple Olympic medalist staked her claim on this event early, clinching the top seed easily in a solid 1:56.76. That morning effort was already within range of her season-fastest of 1:56.00, the time that gave McKeon the silver behind Titmus’ newly-minted NR of 1:54.30 from Aussie Nationals this past April.

Splits for Michael Bohl-trained McKeon include 55.35/59.20.

McKeon’s personal best previous to tonight’s swim was the 1:54.83 thrown down at Olympic Trials now more than 4 years ago. In Rio, she clinched bronze in 1:54.92.

With her outing tonight, McKeon frog hops American Katie Ledecky and Swede Sarah Sjostrom to sit behind Titmus as the 2nd fastest swimmer in the world this season.

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On the all-time list worldwide, McKeon rockets herself up from 10th to 7th, now sitting ahead of the late Camille Muffat of France, Femke Heemskerk of Netherlands and Missy Franklin of the U.S.

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3 years ago

China’s 7.42.08 WR from Rome 2009 is in serious danger.

Reply to  Boknows34
3 years ago

It will be broken at last..

Reply to  Boknows34
3 years ago

its time that WR goes down ….once and for all

3 years ago

So most of these ladies are improving with PBs from everyone in the final besides Titmus and Sheridan.

Reply to  Troy
3 years ago

Not all. Neale swam a 1.57.06 lead-off in Rio heats (the one high note of her intl career) …… before swimming nearly a second slower in the final.

13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

They should take top 6 for relay . Pbs Mckeon Jack Throssell Wilson & leah just off . The sum of those top 4 times theoretically smashes the WR.

Reply to  13 % Chinese person
3 years ago

Think they’ll take top 5. Titmus, McKeon & Throssell are already on the team with individual swims; Jack is near certain to be top 4 in 100fr (and maybe in the mix for 2nd 50fr spot) so will be selected. Would go Wilson who may well be in mix for relay alternate (5th or 6th) for the 4X100 but Neale has a VERY equivocal international record on this relay. Melverton (already on the team) may not be any worse for a heat option.

Miss M
Reply to  commonwombat
3 years ago

I’d take top 6. You want to rest McKeon and Titmus from the heats given their program, and with Melverton swimming the 400 and 1500, and one assumes the 800, she doesn’t need another heat swim. Jack/Throssell/Wilson race the heats for 2 finals spots.

Reply to  Miss M
3 years ago

Normally I’d agree with you but I don’t trust Neale; I do advise you to look at her relay efforts at 2015 & 2017 Worlds as well as Rio and then ask the question “is she really someone you can rely on ?”. I DO give some credence to your point re Melverton but I may hold off on that until we see who qualifies in the 800. Titmus looks a pretty sure bet for one spot but I can see another close tussle between Melverton and Gough for the other. If she does have the triple then your argument for non-inclusion is definitely in play; Two events ….. I could probably go with her IF she’s up for being… Read more »

3 years ago

Great swim by McKeon. It seemed she was prioritizing the 100FS and 100BF and that her best days in the 200FS were over. Wrong. Australia will have a very decent 4X200 team. At the Pan Pacs they surprised the USA due largely to a surprisingly slow leg from Allison Schmitt. This time around if all the American girls are firing Australia will still pose a strong challenge. I can’t see any other realistic gold medal contenders.

3 years ago

McKeon 1.54.55, Titmus 1.55.09 (and she has a PB at 1.54.30), Jack 1.56.37 (and she’s on a solid improving path), Throssell 1.56.62, Wilson 1.56.85. In brief: two 1.54 swimmers and two 1.56 swimmers.
Considering the rolling start, the 7.40 barrier is near and the historical leadership Usa in this race staggering.

Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

USA will be underdog in the upcoming championship but they will roar back in the next year specifically at the Tokyo Olympic

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

Very exciting for them . They won 2008 & China has the WR .

3 years ago

Fantastic for McKeon, been a bit quiet and overshadowed lately, great to see her roar back. Must be hard seeing your records and titles fall…Australia will be getting some relay silverware based on tonight’s times, incredible depth.

Reply to  torchbearer
3 years ago

Silver ?

Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

Silverware in this context means a medal of any colour rather than silver specifically. USA will have to be at their very best and both teams could break the WR.

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