Olympic swimming team hopeful Kaylee McKeown broke the 200m short-course backstroke world record at the Australian National Championships, the officials said on Saturday. The 19-year old recorded a blistering 1:58.94 to smash Hungarian Katinka Hosszu‘s 2014 mark of 1:59.23.
“Short-course is something we don’t get to very often so I was excited to see what I could put up after some solid training this year,” McKeown said. “I headed over to my teammates and my coach and they said, ‘you just got a world-record, and I was like, what?’ I didn’t actually know till a few minutes later,” she added.
Kaylee Mckeown a strong prospect for Australia’s swimming Olympic team
The Australian short-course championships are being held in a virtual format due to the pandemic. Swimmers are competing at the same time in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hobart.
The tournament started on Thursday. Kaylee broke the record in Brisbane on Friday. However, Swimming Australia only tweeted about the result on Saturday. The teenager is a strong prospect for Australia’s swimming Olympic team for Tokyo next year. She has already won a silver in 200m backstroke at the long-course world championships held in South Korea.