FLASH! Kaylee McKeown Lowers 50m Backstroke World Record To 26.86

Kaylee Mckeown of Australia reacts after winning the gold medal in the 100m Backstroke Women Final during the 20th World Aquatics Championships at the Marine Messe Hall A in Fukuoka (Japan), July 25th, 2023.
Kaylee McKeown: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Masini / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

FLASH! Kaylee McKeown Lowers 50m Backstroke World Record To 26.86

Kaylee McKeown lowered the 50m backstroke world record to 26.86 at the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup in Budapest.

The world champion took 0.12 off the previous standard of 26.98 which had stood to Liu Xiang of China since the 2018 Asian Games.

The Australian now holds every backstroke world record, adding the 50 to the 100 (57.45) and 200 (2:03.14).

McKeown sat on a throne on poolside and was presented with a crown by Ranomi Kromowidjojo for winning the 50 back treble across the World Cup tour – the triple crown – which earned her USD 10,000 plus another for a WR,

She said:

“I just wanted to get out tonight and see what I can do.

“I am super-stoked with that.”

Of whether breaking a WR in October indicates a fine season ahead, McKeown added:

“I really hope so.

“All I can keep doing is training hard.”

McKeown then put the crown on Kromowidjojo’s head, the Netherlands woman having had a glittering career which saw her top the Olympic podium three times.

Behind McKeown came Canadian duo Ingrid Wilm and Kylie Masse who shared silver in 27.68.

2023-10-20 (19)

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Whanui Puru
Whanui Puru
9 months ago

I’m very proud of Kaylee.

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