Kaylee McKeown Hits Commonwealth Games Record in 200 Back, 2:05.6, to Win Gold


Full Results


  1. Kaylee McKeown (AUS), 2:05.60 GR
  2. Kylie Masse (CAN), 2:07.81
  3. Katie Shanahan (SCO), 2:09.22
  4. Minna Atherton (AUS), 2:09.40
  5. Holly McGill (SCO), 2:13.00
  6. Charlotte Evans (WAL), 2:14.26
  7. Cassie Wild (SC), 2:18.32
  8. Gemma Atherley (JEY), 2:18.53

Australia’s Kaylee McKeown crushed the women’s 200 back final in Birmingham by setting a new Commonwealth Games record of 2:05.60. She took .38 off defending champion Kylie Masse’s record which she set in 2018.

21-year-old McKeown, the reigning Olympic and world champion, touched the wall first today with a 2-second lead over the field including second-place finisher Masse of Canada who swam a 2:07.81. Scotland’s Katie Shanahan rounded out the 2022 Commonwealth Games podium with a time of 2:09.22, out touching 4th place finisher Minna Atherton of Austria by .18.

McKeown took out the race fast, but conservative compared to her strategy at the 2022 World Championships. In Budapest, she split a blistering 29.59 on the first 50 meters compared to her 30.09 here in Birmingham. She had a stronger final 50 today though, coming home in 31.56 compared to the 31.70 she split on her finish at the World Championships.

Split Comparison – McKeown Commonwealth Games vs McKeown World Championships vs Masse 2018

McKeown 2022 Commonwealth Games McKeown 2022 World Championships Masse 2018
50m 30.09 29.59 29.66
100m 1:02.02 (31.93) 1:01.51 (31.92)
1:01.39 (31.73)
150m 1:34.04 (32.02) 1:33.38 (31.87)
1:33.39 (32.00)
200m 2:05.60 (31.56) 2:05.08 (31.70)
2:05.98 (32.59)

McKeown is coming off three gold medal wins at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 100 and 200 backstroke alongside the 400 medley relay.

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4 months ago

I missed Seebohm in this event- she is a master tactician.

4 months ago

Kaylee just keeps winning despite not having the best season.

Personal Best
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

Her 200m back consistency has been great.

To be fair she has been consistent in the 100 back this year too, but her 200 back times are more competitive by comparison.

Reply to  Personal Best
4 months ago

This is her 11th swim under 2:05,60, the rest of the World has like 14 ever.

Hooked on Chlorine
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

I noticed there are no down votes whatsoever in the comments section on Summer McIntosh’s 200IM victory, but there are down votes here. Not that I’m suggesting that the obsessive down-voters could possibly be Canadians.

Reply to  Hooked on Chlorine
4 months ago

I very much doubt it’s Canadians. I feel like all the Commonwealth countries are pretty supportive of each other.

Aussies always get downvoted a lot.

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