Australian swimming star Kaylee McKeown has smashed the 50 metre backstroke world record by 0.12 seconds to underline her standing as swimming’s backstroke queen.
- Kaylee McKeown now holds the world record in all three backstroke distances in a long-course (50 metre) pool
- McKeown is certainly one of three girls to concurrently hold 4 world data throughout lengthy and quick course occasions
- Bronte Campbell continued her return to the game with a bronze within the 50 metre freestyle forward of sister Cate
The 22-year-old turned simply the second lady in historical past to dip below 27 seconds in a long-course 50m pool with a 26.86 to higher the 2018 mark set by China’s Liu Xiang in 2018.
McKeown, who solely narrowly missed breaking the world record by 0.04 seconds final week in Athens, appeared genuinely shocked on the Budapest leg of the Swimming World Cup.
“I never saw myself as a sprinter so it’s really nice to have that under my belt,” McKeown stated on poolside.
“I am super-stoked with that.
“I simply wished to get out quick and see what I can do.”
By claiming the long-course 50m mark, McKeown now holds the world record in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke in a 50m pool.
She is the only swimmer, male or female, to currently hold the world record in all three distances for the same stroke.
Although the 50m backstroke is not an event at the Olympics, McKeown will be odds-on to win multiple medals at the Paris Games in the 100m back, 200m back and 4x100m mixed medley relay.
“Next yr goes to be a very robust yr so the extra confidence I can construct, the higher,” McKeown stated.
“I’ve been stunning … I’ve been attempting to do a few issues in a different way and I’m happy that they’re working.”
McKeown also holds the 200m short-course backstroke world record, for times set in a 25 metre pool, making her one of four women to hold four individual world records at any one time along with Katie Ledecky and Sarah Sjöström.
She is one of three Australians to hold individual world records in Olympic events alongside Mollie O’Callaghan (200m freestyle) and Ariarne Titmus (400m freestyle).
In other results at the Hungary World Cup, Sam Short won the men’s 400m free in a time of 3:44.51, over two seconds ahead of America’s Kieran Smith.
Bronte Campbell edged sister Cate out of the medals by 0.07 of a second to claim bronze in the 50 metre freestyle behind Sjöström and Hong Kong’s Siobhán Bernadette Haughey.
Lani Pallister, 21, finished second behind New Zealand’s 19-year-old world championship bronze medallist Erika Fairweather in the 400m freestyle.
Jenna Strauch finished second in the 200m breaststroke, while Isaac Cooper managed a bronze in the men’s 50m free, as did Jesse Jack Coleman in the 100m fly.
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