Emma McKeon Out Of Queensland Championships With Muscular Tear


We entered day three of the 2023 Queensland Championships with the likes of Ariarne Titmus, Kaylee McKeown, Mollie O’Callaghan and Cody Simpson competing.

However, a notable absence was felt in today’s 100m fly and 100m free events, as 29-year-old Emma McKeon was not behind the blocks despite having been entered in these championships.

According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), Australia’s most decorated Olympian is nursing a torn muscle in her armpit.

Griffith coach Michael Bohl confirmed McKeon withdrew from the Queensland Championships as a ‘precaution’ and that ‘medical advice was to not rush back into competition.’ (AAP)

McKeon last raced at the Southport Olympic Prep Meet in November where she topped the 100m fly podium in a time of 57.71 and earned 100m free runner-up status (53.50) behind winner Cate Campbell (53.48).

These Queensland Championships represent a last-chance opportunity for Australian swimmers to add their names to the roster for the 2024 World Championships.

According to the Swimming Australia selection policy for the event, however, roster priority is given to athletes who raced at the 2023 World Championships Trials in Melbourne, as well as the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka.

McKeon already hit Doha qualifying times of 24.35 in the 50m free, 52.83 in the 100m free and 56.88 in the 100m fly in Fukuoka.

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2 months ago

didn’t something similar happen leading up to Tokyo? gives me 2021 vibes

2 months ago

Hope she recovers fast, and can be in top form in Paris.

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2 months ago

It’s impressive how quickly she went from Olympic hero to total zero.


Are you the new sleep paralysis demon? 😍😍

Southerly Buster

Boxing Kangaroos won 9 Olympic gold medals at Tokyo.

McKeon anchored the obliteration of the 4×100 Free world record just a few months ago. You must have missed it.

Aussie Crawl

Ahh another Oxygen Thief from the
World of Cyberspace.



Last edited 2 months ago by DustySA

I know this is obvious troll bait but I’ll answer anyway.

Since Tokyo she:

-Won the World Cup series
-Swam the second fastest SCM 100 Free of all time.
-Won 4 golds and 3 silvers at SCM worlds, setting 2 world records, 2 championship records and swimming multiple fastest relay splits of all time.
-Anchored a historic world record in Fukuoka.

Like… yeah she hasn’t hit Tokyo level again, but she’s achieved more since Tokyo than 99.9% swimmers have achieved in their careers.


Are we talking about the same Emma McKeon that won seven medals at SCM Worlds? The same one that is now only one Olympic medal away from tying Jenny/Dara/Natalie’s medal haul which is the most all-time by any US female athlete? Underestimate her at your peril.

2 months ago

Any setback could easily push her out of individual freestyle spots and even put her at risk of not having a free relay spot. I hope it’s not that serious, Emma is one of my favorite athletes to watch and I love it when the old guard can outdo the young up and comers.

2 months ago

Ouch. That sounds really painful.

2 months ago

Oh gosh. That’s horrible. Could be teres or subscap. Hopefully just a strain.

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