Australia’s Kaylee McKeown swam a new world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the home championships in Sydney at the Olympic Park.
Four months before the World Championships, which will be hosted by Fukuoka in July, the 21-year-old swimmer pushed the new mark to two minutes and 3.14 seconds. The previous record mark (2:03.35) was held by American Regan Smith from the 2019 World Championships.
“After the Olympics, it was hard for me to jump back into the pool. I wasn’t sure if I still wanted to, but I discovered a new love for the sport, and it just goes to show that a happy swimmer is also a fast swimmer. I haven’t changed a thing about my program or training method, I’m just happier,” said Kaylee McKeown, who also holds the world record in the 100m backstroke.
At the last Olympics in Tokyo 2020, she won three gold medals, in the 100 and 200 backstroke and with the 4 x 100 medley relay.