Emma McKeon Ties Schipper’s 56.23 For Aussie Record, 4th All-Time


Australian Emma McKeon followed a great prelim swim in the women’s 100 fly with an even better one tonight in the semi-final.

After tying her best time of 56.81 in the morning, qualifying her 3rd for the semi-final, McKeon tied the Australian Record in a blazing time of 56.23 to head into the final 2nd behind world record holder Sarah Sjostrom.

The 23-year-old equals the mark of 2005 World Champion Jessicah Schipper, who went 56.23 in 2009 to win the silver medal at the World Championships in Rome. McKeon also ties Schipper for 4th fastest all-time, trailing only Sjostrom, Dana Vollmer and Liu Zige. Prior to tonight, McKeon wasn’t even ranked inside the top-10 all-time.

Sjostrom was 55.77 to top the semi-finals, giving her sole ownership of the ten fastest swims in history. American Kelsi Worrell gets bumped back down to 6th all-time after moving up to 5th this morning. Tonight she went 56.74, three tenths off her prelim time, to qualify 3rd.

Women 100 Fly All-Time Performers

  1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 55.48, 2016
  2. Dana Vollmer (USA), 55.98, 2012
  3. Liu Zige (CHN), 56.07, 2009
  4. (T-4) Jessicah Schipper (AUS), 56.23, 2009
  5. (T-4) Emma McKeon (AUS), 56.23, 2017
  6. Kelsi Worrell (USA), 56.44, 2017
  7. Penny Oleksiak (CAN), 56.46, 2016
  8. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 56.51, 2014
  9. (T-9) Inge de Bruijn (NED), 56.61, 2000
  10. (T-9) Chen Xinyi (CHN), 56.61, 2014

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3 years ago

Awesome work Emma. They had a great interview with her on 7 tonight. Definitely worth watching.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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