Emma McKeon On Form And Possibly Chasing 8 Golds In Gwangju


  • All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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America’s Caeleb Dressel made history at the 2017 edition of the FINA World Aquatics Championships when the former Florida Gator earned a total of 7 gold medals in Budapest. That feat tied icon Michael Phelps as the only men in history to have won 7 gold medals in a single World Championships meet.

Flash forward to 2019, and it’s Australia’s Emma McKeon who has a chance to take on the same type of accomplishment with her Gwangju program possibly consisting of 8 events in all.

Per the unofficial entry lists for the World Championships, the 25-year-old Griffith University star is entered in the 100m free, 200m free and 100m fly in terms of individual events. We know the star will be a part of the women’s 4x100m free, 4x200m free and 4x100m medley relays, but there’s a very good chance McKeon will also be called up on to contest the mixed relays as well, which could bring her total number of events to 8 in all.

Whether or not McKeon will take part in both mixed relays is the question, as she was not a member of the Aussie mixed free relay at the 2017 edition of the World Championships. Even if that were to be the case here in Gwangju, she would still be targeting 7 events, a big haul nonetheless.

And McKeon isn’t simply entered in the events, she carries medal-favorite status in all 3 individual races. The multi-Olympic medalist is currently ranked #2 in the world in the 100m free in 52.41, #2 in the 200m free in 1:54.55 and #2 in the 100m fly in 56.85.

Plus, the women’s 4x100m women’s free relay is tipped in the Aussies’ favor based on the nation’s World Trials performances of the top women, even despite Shayna Jack‘s sudden withdrawal. Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, McKeon, Madi Wilson, Brianna Throssell, and Leah Neale will all be poised to upgrade from silver in 2017, with 6 Australians currently ranked among the top 25 100m freestylers in the world right now.

If McKeon is successful in making it to through the rounds, her 7 or 8 event entry isn’t actually too terribly taxing from a daily perspective. On Wednesday McKeon would take on 2 finals in the evening with the women’s 200m free and mixed 4x100m medley, while on Sunday and Thursday she would face 1 semi-final and 1 final apiece, doable for a world-class sprinter that has medaled at the Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

McKeon will no doubt face fierce competition from 100m fly favorite Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and America’s Katie Ledecky who is gunning for 200m free greatness, not to mention her own domestic rivals of Cate Campbell in the 100m free and Titmus in the 200m free. However, McKeon has said she is stronger than ever and she has proven her ability to rise to the occasion in the past.

Sunday, 07/21, AM: 100 fly, 4×100 free relay

Sunday, 07/21, PM: 100 fly SF, 4×100 free relay FINAL

Monday, 07/22, AM: OFF

Monday, 07/22, PM: 100 fly FINAL

Tuesday, 07/23, AM: 200 free

Tuesday, 07/23, PM: 200 free SF

Wednesday, 07/24, AM: 4×100 mixed medley relay

Wednesday, 07/24, PM: 200 free FINAL, 4×100 mixed medley relay FINAL

Thursday, 07/25, AM: 100 free, 4×200 free relay

Thursday, 07/25 PM: 100 free SF, 4×200 free relay FINAL

Friday, 07/26, AM: OFF

Friday, 07/26, PM: 100 free FINAL

Saturday, 07/27, AM: 4×100 mixed free relay

Saturday, 07/27, PM: 4×100 mixed free relay FINAL

Sunday, 07/28, AM: 4×100 medley relay

Sunday, 07/28, PM: 4×100 medley relay FINAL



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1 year ago

Wow .. what a schedule …she even has two days ‘off’!

Reply to  Nance
1 year ago

Mornings ., not full days

1 year ago

Good luck with the endeavor. Chances for 8 golds is slim, but 8 medals would still be impressive.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

It’s honestly the slimmest of chances. I’d put the odds of her not medaling in any of her individual events higher than winning 8 golds.

Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

In three World Championship LC appearances, McKeon has exactly zero individual gold medals and only one gold medal overall (from a relay). All it would reveal is the lack of depth on the Australian team if they need to use McKeon on all five relays.

Reply to  Pincus
1 year ago

So if Dressel was better at swimming 200m and was on all 5 relays that would somehow “reveal the lack of depth on the American team”? Flawed logic!

Reply to  Anon
1 year ago

It’s not just this but also these Americans like to use themselves as a benchmark of depth whilst at the same time ignoring the 15 times population difference. With each new relay they add to the program their depth advantage increases because most other teams can’t field a completely different team for heats and finals so their star swimmers get taxed.

They really should have added the 50 strokes instead of new relays and I hope they don’t add any more.

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Pincus
1 year ago

They only brought 11 competitors & someone to do that thing that old ladies do with plastic petals on their caps.

1 year ago

The headline is hilariously pre-mature. Odds of her winning all 8 of these races are similar to winning the lottery.

Reply to  Von
1 year ago

Not technically wrong.

I’m also possibly be chasing 13 in 2025–very unlikely I’ll get off the couch to bother with that though.

Reply to  Von
1 year ago

Odds are immeasurably better when you have a ticket…………….

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