Emma McKeon Hits #4 All-Time 100 Freestyle In 50.67 To Close Out 2021 World Cup

2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP #4 – KAZAN

  • Thursday, October 28 – Saturday, October 30th
  • Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
  • Prelims: 10 am local / 3 am ET
  • Finals: 6 pm local / 11 am ET
  • SCM (25m)
  • Results

Emma McKeon has been among the most consistent winners throughout the 4-stop 2021 FINA World Cup Series and closed out the circuit with one final win the women’s 100 freestyle as she stopped the clock in a 50.67. Not only was that swim more than a second faster than Michelle Coleman‘s silver medal time of 51.94, but it was also the 4th quickest short course 100 freestyle in history.

McKeon recently tied Sarah Sjostrom for the #2 spot in the rankings with a 50.58 in Hungary, meaning that she now holds 2 of the top 4 times in history. In fact, McKeon, world record-holder Cate Campbell, and Sarah Sjostrom each hold 2 of the top 6 times in the event.

All-Time Women’s Short Course 100 Freestyle Rankings

  1. Cate Campbell (AUS) – 50.25
  2. Emma McKeon (AUS) / Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 50.58
  3. Emma McKeon (AUS) – 50.67
  4. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 50.77
  5. Cate Campbell (AUS) – 50.85

Sarah Sjostrom swim her 50.58 and 50.77 swims back in 2017 and each one was a world record at the time but Cate Campbell came along later that year to bring the mark down to a 50.25, which has remained untouched for nearly 4 year.

Cate Campbell also holds the 7th fastest time with a 50.86, while Siobhan Haughey rounds out the top 8 with her 50.94 Asian record from the 2020 ISL season final.

Emma McKeon has now been under 51 seconds in the 100 freestyle 3 times during the 2021 World Cup, having hit a 50.96 in Berlin in addition to her 50.58 and now 50.67. Prior to this fall, McKeon’s fastest time in the event was a 51.02 from the 2019 ISL season.

McKeon will likely have another few opportunities to get under 51 seconds during the upcoming ISL playoffs where she is expected to race for the London Roar. Her best performance during the regular season for the Roar was a 51.05 at Match 8.

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Marklewis
11 months ago

Chalmers hit a time very close to WR before finally breaking it.

McKeon has some of the fastest times in the 100 free but still a few tenths away. That 50.2 looks like an elusive record to me.

She has her sights set on the WR. So she’ll do everything she can to try to surpass it.

Sometimes the circumstances have to be just right to break a WR.

torchbearer
Reply to  Marklewis
11 months ago

She is closer to the LC WR than SC I think….that CCampbell record is ridiculously fast!

Gheko
11 months ago

Nice pay day for Emma, 144k

Sub13
11 months ago

She was the overall World Cup winner too. $100k baby

Chlorine daddy
Reply to  Sub13
11 months ago

$144k overall.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Chlorine daddy
11 months ago

The lady deserves it plus stepping up & putting it to the NSW govt over their mean & borderline manslaughterous shut down of swim lessons. All sorts of people can go freely to a pub but kids were not allowed swim lessons !

Overnight they changed their tune & have now offered $100 per kid to pay for the lessons denied to them by ‘ health ‘ bureaucrats. You can never give time back to kids & any spike in drownings on them .

Emma is a hero.

Last edited 11 months ago by Corn Pop
Sub13
Reply to  Chlorine daddy
11 months ago

Not too shabby!

AJS
Reply to  Chlorine daddy
11 months ago

You can’t pay most good swimmers enough to get them to travel to Doha and Kazan post-Olympics in a pandemic, but apparently it was enough for Emma. Her consistency was in consistency of her recognition of a money grab when she sees one, in that many (most) good swimmers from AUS, USA, CHN, UK, etc were sitting out these meets. Same thing that drove the seeming consistency of Katinka’s bankroll tour a while back.

Drama King
Reply to  Sub13
11 months ago

Good for her. For all of her Olympic Medals , she only received 15k from Ausie Government.
That’s what we read in a previous article.

Robbos
11 months ago

She is now getting that consistency

Troyy
Reply to  Robbos
11 months ago

That consistency has been apparent for a while now. Already has more swims under 52.50 than Sjostrom in long course and now she’s starting to rearrange the short course performances list.

Mc2
Reply to  Robbos
11 months ago

She’s very consistent. Excited to see her races for the rest of the year!

Torchbearer
Reply to  Robbos
11 months ago

She sure had it at the OLympics- every swim she finished first, broke an AR, OR or WR etc… she put on a masterclass in Tokyo.

Last edited 11 months ago by Torchbearer
Sub13
Reply to  Torchbearer
11 months ago

She was also the fastest split of field in the 100 free relay, fastest female in the MMR, and third fastest butterflier in the medley (behind Maggie and Yufei, who didn’t have to swim doubles like Emma did).

Of her 13 swims in Tokyo, the 200 relay is really the only one where she didn’t absolutely kill it.

torchbearer
Reply to  Sub13
11 months ago

In her defence, the 200m was not one of her individual events, and she still did the second fastest in the AUS team and the team broke the WR!

Sub13
Reply to  torchbearer
11 months ago

Oh I’m definitely not saying she did badly, it’s just that is literally the only event she didn’t swim a PB, and she was about a second off. It’s not that she did badly, she just did so well in everything else.

commonwombat
Reply to  Sub13
11 months ago

Her split on that 4×200 was indicative of the fact that her training had been switched to the shorter distance. There was still sufficient “base” for the 1.55 that she produced but not what you may’ve seen had she still been racing that distance ….. in short, there was always going to be a trade-off to be paid with the decision to drop the individual 200 and prioritise the shorter races.

Did it lose them that relay ?? No. CHN collectively swam out of their skins and the AUS coaches locked themselves into a sub-optimal finals line-up ……… and order; quite unnecessarily.

Robbos
Reply to  commonwombat
11 months ago

Exactly!!!!

Gheko
Reply to  Sub13
11 months ago

I still think Emma or Arianne on anchor could have won that race

torchbearer
Reply to  Gheko
11 months ago

I would have gone with Ariane, she paced herself perfectly in all her individual swims, and brought them home like a rocket. But I just think the planets aligned for China- happens sometimes!

Last edited 11 months ago by torchbearer
Brizzy
Reply to  torchbearer
11 months ago

Titmus doesn’t know how to do a relay exchange start, and her slow time coupled with Ledecky’s revenge swim on Deano Boxall in that relay race helped US upset AUS, simple as that. And if Sjostrom doesn’t break her arm and if Simone Manuel and Cate Campbell were on point, let’s face it no one would be talking about McKeon’s few months of “consistency” right now.

Joel
Reply to  Brizzy
11 months ago

You really think I’m 2021 that may of those women were going to beat McKeon ?

Troyy
Reply to  Joel
11 months ago

They seem like one salty mf.

Sub13
Reply to  Brizzy
11 months ago

Lol China won the race, who cares what USA did. Doesn’t matter if Sjostrom or Cate or Simone were on point: Emma swam a faster individual 100m free abd a faster 100 free split than any of them have every swam in their lives lol. You’re a salty mess.