Australian Emma McKeon shines with blistering Olympic race and sees her swim to a personal best in the 100m freestyle – as Aussies continue to dominate in the pool
Medal-hungry Emma McKeon has set a blistering personal best to underline her preference for the 100m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.
Already with a relay gold and butterfly bronze, the versatile Australian McKeon emphatically led all participants through the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday evening.
McKeon clocked 52.13 seconds, about 0.06 seconds less than her previous personal best of six weeks ago during the selection tests in Australia.
The joint flag bearer of the Australian opening ceremony, Cate Campbell, was fourth fastest in Thursday’s semi-final at 52.80.
Emma McKeon set an Olympic record in the 100m freestyle style
Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey (52.70) was second in the heats, followed by Great Britain’s Anna Hopkin (52.75).
McKeon and Campbell were part of the victorious Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team on Sunday.
And McKeon also took bronze in the 100-meter butterfly in a program that could earn seven medals.
McKeon is also among the favorites for the 50m freestyle and could swim in three relays, including the women’s 4x200m freestyle final on Thursday.
Emma McKeon booked a PB in her heat 100 meter freestyle on Wednesday evening