McKeon Rips 52.29 100 Free Career Best At Sydney Open

2021 SYDNEY OPEN

Olympic medalist Emma McKeon dropped the hammer on the women’s 100m free field on day 2 of the 2021 Sydney Open. Competing in the morning finals, 26-year-old McKeon unleashed a time of 52.29, clocking a new New South Wales All Comers Record in the process.

After establishing herself as the 2nd-seeded swimmer with a prelim swim of 53.33 last night, the Griffith University star busted out the fastest time of her career. Opening in 25.71 and closing in 26.58, McKeon’s time this morning overtook her own career-quickest of 52.41 from the 2019 World Championships Trials. In Gwangju, McKeon ultimately placed 4th in the individual 100m free event with a time of 52.75.

With her monster 52.29 PB here this morning from Sydney, McKeon remains Australia’s 3rd fastest performer in history behind Cate and Bronte Campbell, both of whom were in this final. C1 (Cate) touched in 53.27, remarkably about a second behind McKeon, as runner-up while Bronte finished 5th in 54.59. McKeon also remains the world’s 6th fastest 100m freestyler in history.

In terms of all-time Aussie performances, McKeon’s 52.29 checks in as the nation’s 5th fastest time ever, cracking C1’s streak of having owned the top 10 performances all-time for Australia.

McKeon now wears the world rankings crown, beating out C1 to top the entire field with Tokyo on the horizon.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Free

EmmaAUS
McKeon
06/16
52.19
2Siobhan
Haughey
HKG52.4007/28
3Cate
Campbell
AUS52.4304/15
4Madi
Wilson
AUS52.7606/16
5Sarah
Sjostrom
SWE52.8207/28
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BKP
2 months ago

Whoa!🤯

Rylo
2 months ago

Such even splits too.

Yozhik
2 months ago

52.29 makes her only the 6th performer with only one 2009 swimmer ahead. Wow! The women freestyle sprint is booming this Olympic cycle.
Why does she need to swim that fast now, one month before trials? Intimidation? Or she just feels uncontrollable power? So what would be her preference beyond freestyle sprint: 100 fly or 200 free?

Last edited 2 months ago by Yozhik
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
2 months ago

I agree. Is the going to go a 51.4 at Olympics? No. Will she go 52.2 again? Maybe not.

Jackman
2 months ago

How do you do a 25.7, 26.5?!?!

Torchbearer
Reply to  Jackman
2 months ago

Uzbeki timing equipment? 🙂

Last edited 2 months ago by Torchbearer
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Torchbearer
2 months ago

C’mon gang, that was hilarious.

Troyy
Reply to  Jackman
2 months ago

Change of race plan has earned her a new PB.

Aquajosh
2 months ago

Underestimate her at your peril.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Aquajosh
2 months ago

McKeon has been the dark horse for a few years…maybe Tokyo will finally be her big breakout!

Retta
2 months ago

It’s performer versus performances.

Konner Scott
Reply to  Retta
2 months ago

I think it makes sense. Wouldn’t C1 not have had the top 10 performances if Bronte is still ahead of Emma?

Hswimmer
2 months ago

Dang

Observer
2 months ago

You’re right – both these statements can’t be true. I’m guessing the second statement has the error and that Bronte has one of the top four performances.

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