Olympics-McKeown breaks Australian all-comers record in 50 metres backstroke


FILE PHOTO: Fukuoka 2023 World Aquatics Championships - Swimming - Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall A, Fukuoka, Japan - July 30, 2023 Australia's Kaylee McKeown in action during the women's 4 x 100m medley relay final REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

(Reuters) - Kaylee McKeown continued her excellent form, swimming the fifth fastest 50 metres backstroke of all time to win the Australian Open Championships on Friday, where Ariarne Titmus also impressed.

The 22-year-old had already set Australian records in both the 200 and 400 metres individual medleys in the last two days, and swam 27.07 seconds in the 50 metre backstroke to set a new all-comers record, the fastest time ever recorded in Australia.

McKeown, the reigning Olympic 100 and 200m backstroke champion, broke the world record in the same event in Budapest last year with a time of 26.86 seconds.

Mollie O'Callaghan set a personal best of 27.16, matching McKeown's previous all-comers record, to take the silver medal, having won gold in the 100 metres freestyle and backstroke at the event.

Titmus, world record holder and Olympic champion, impressed when winning the 400 metres freestyle in a time of 3:59.13, the best time in the world this season, and the Australian's first sub-four minute performance of the season.

(Reporting by Trevor Stynes; Editing by Toby Davis)

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Swimming

Two Malaysian swimmers set to compete in Paris under new rule
Olympics-McIntosh smashes 400 metres IM record at Canadian Olympic trials
Olympics-Warrior Le Clos confirmed for legacy bid in Paris pool
Swimming-American great Ledecky inspired me to push boundaries: Titmus
Swimming-Ledecky's 800m gold medal hopes boosted as McIntosh opts out
Swimming-Olympic champion Hafnaoui to miss Paris Games
Olympics-'Bring it on': Clareburt taking Maori pride to Paris pool
Olympics-Brazilian swimmer Fratus, feted for Tokyo bronze joy, to miss Paris
Swimming-Russia's absence boosts U.S. hopes of striking Olympic gold in artistic swimming
Titmus in ‘hibernation from life’ before Paris

Others Also Read