Emma McKeon Qualifies For Tokyo, Lowers Aussie Record With 55.93 100 Butterfly


During day 1 finals at the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials, Emma McKeon became the first Olympic qualifier for the Australian team with a 55.93 100 butterfly.

That swim is not only well under the Olympic qualifying time of 57.11 but also gets her under her own former Australian record of 56.18 which she set at the 2017 World Championships.

McKeon’s swim landed her just 0.10 seconds away from Maggie MacNeil‘s Commonwealth record in the 100 butterfly of 55.83 which she set at the 2019 World Championships. Additionally, she got within half a second of Sarah Sjostrom‘s 2016 world record of 55.48.

McKeon, MacNeil, and Sjostrom made up the women’s 100 butterfly podium at 2019 World Championships podium where MacNeil swam her 55.83 for gold, Sjostrom was a 56.22, and McKeon a 56.61.

Her previous season-best was a 56.44 from the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships which was the 3rd fastest swim in the world this season but McKeon now passes Maggie MacNeil‘s 56.14 to take the #2 spot. She now sits behind Zhang Yufei who swam a new Asian and Chinese record of 55.62 in September 2020.

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The 3 aforementioned times of 55.48 from Sarah Sjostrom, 55.62 from Zhang Yufei, and 55.83 from Maggie MacNeil are actually the only 3 times in history that out-rank McKeon’s new Australian record. McKeon is now the 4th fastest woman in history with a 55.93 and one of 5 to break 56 seconds in the event.

All-Time World Rankings – Long Course Women’s 100 Butterfly

  1. Sarah Sjostrom – 55.48 (2017)
  2. Zhang Yufei – 55.62 (2020)
  3. Maggie MacNeil – 55.83 (2019)
  4. Emma McKeon – 55.93 (2021)
  5. Dana Vollmer – 55.98 (2012)
  6. Liu Zige – 56.07 (2009)
  7. Rikako Ikee – 56.08 (2018)
  8. Claire Curzan – 56.20 (2021)

McKeon was joined on the 100 butterfly podium here by Brianna Throssell who posted a 57.11 for silver which was just 0.01 seconds short of the 51.10 Olympic qualifying time. Throssell has been under the qualifying time before, having hit a 57.02 at the 2019 World Swimming Championships. Alexandra Perkins rounded out the top 3 with a 58.61.

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1 year ago

Beautiful long and effective stroke. The race is here: https://youtu.be/dLRAt–7Jbs

Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

Still think she’s “Not a medal contender and unlikely to make the final in Tokyo?” You know who you are

Texas Tap Water
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1 year ago

Everyone here knows who he is. He is rather infamous.

Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

Yes that commentator is very quiet atm

Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 year ago

Someone else also said she’s past her prime the other day. There really is quite a lot of quality analysis in the comments at SS.

Last edited 1 year ago by Troyy
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1 year ago


1 year ago

Throssell will be in the 100 fly she will be selected as a mixed relay heat swimmer they wont burden Emma with doing the heat swim. She will most likely secure a spot also thru the 200 fly and come top 6 200 free and possibly 100 free to gain relay spots there .

Reply to  kevin
1 year ago

The fly could be swum by a male swimmer if women take care of backstroke and freestyle.. just that men’s breastroke is weak …

Last edited 1 year ago by Verram
1 year ago

Fantastic swim. Looking like it will take a new WR to win gold at OG. Exciting!!!

Old Man Chalmers
1 year ago

been a long time coming. she’s had freestyle drops in recent years but her 100 fly time was still from 2017. exciting times!

Last edited 1 year ago by Old Man Chalmers
There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 year ago

Ngl I thought McKeon was just gonna be a minor medal contender in the 100 fly, with the trajectory that Curzan/Zhang/Macneil are on.

This changes things.


Never doubted her. She is always underrated.


She has been Australia’s most dependable female swimmer for years now and swims fastest when the big lights are on. No one should be underestimating McKeon. Without her, all the relays fall apart.

No one was really considering Alicia Coutts a threat in 2012 and she walked out of London and into the sunset with five Olympic medals. If I’m not mistaken, other than her, only Gould and Thorpe have done that amongst Aussies. If Emma pulls a Coutts this summer (she has the range), she will tie Thorpe in number of medals as Australia’s most decorated Olympian of ALL-TIME. Underestimate her at your peril.

1 year ago

Throssel so close 🙁

1 year ago

Knew Emma was gonna go sub 56 when she went 56.3 at the NSW champs last year but then the ‘rona screwed everything. I’m so glad she’s kept on track with the year delay!