2021 FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN
- October 1-3, 2021
- Europasportpark Pool (SSE), Berlin, Germany
- Short course meters (25m)
- 2021 FINA World Cup Schedule
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap
For the first time ever, Australian swimmer Emma McKeon swam sub-51 seconds in the 100 SCM freestyle. Her personal best time of 50.96 earned her the gold in the FINA World Cup series.
McKeon most recently swam the 100 SCM freestyle in Match 8 of the International Swimming League season, swimming a time of 51.05. McKeon’s World Cup performance is the fastest time for the event this season, beating her own performance from the ISL regular season. Her previous best time is from Match 9 of the 2019 ISL season, when she swam a time of 51.02.
McKeon is now in the top eight of all-time 100 SCM freestyle performances and the fifth-fastest performer ever. The top honor is held by Cate Campbell, who swam the event at the 2017 Hancock Prospecting Short Course Championships in a time of 50.25. That same year, Sarah Sjostrom swam the second-fastest time of 50.58 at the World Cup in Eindhoven.
All-Time Top Performers, Women’s SCM 100 Free:
- Cate Campbell (2017) – 50.25
- Sarah Sjostrom (2017) – 50.58
- Siobhan Haughey (2020) – 50.94
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo (2017) – 50.95
- Emma McKeon (2021) – 50.96
At the World Cup, McKeon was a full second ahead of the second-place finisher, fellow Australian Madison Wilson, who was hospitalized in late September with COVID-19. Both Wilson and McKeon participate in the International Swimming League, which began after the Olympic Games and just finished up its regular season.
McKeon won gold after getting out-touched by teammate Holly Barratt in the 50 butterfly Saturday. On Day 1 of the World Cup, McKeon won gold in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.56.
McKeon is coming off of a historic showing at the Tokyo Olympics. She took home seven medals, the most by any female swimmer at a single Games, including gold in both the 50 and 100 free.