15/04/2024

Kaylee McKeown was able to come in second place and win the silver medal. (Photo: Delly Carr)

As the FINA World Championships continue in Budapest, another Aussie has received a podium spot. This time Kaylee McKeown was able to take the silver medal in the women’s 200m medley final.

Known for swimming in the backstroke events, Kaylee McKeown decided to try her luck in the 200m medley. This proved successful, as she claimed the silver medal. Not normally competing in this event, it was the first time she swam in an international medley final.

The young triple-Olympic gold medallist proved to be to good on night two, swimming a time of 2:08.57. This time pushed her into the record books as the fourth fastest in Australian history. Unfortunately she could not overtake American Alex Walsh, but was able to push her all the way.

“I wasn’t really expecting to come up and podium tonight it was more just getting the international experience,” McKeown said.

“Sadly I pulled out of this event at the Olympics to focus on the backstroke. I think this is the perfect refresher for the next three years, just taking the pressure off and it was really good mentally for me.”

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McKeown has had a tough start to the year after suffering a shoulder injury. This is just one small stepping block for her as she tries to continue her good performances. She now has to focus on her other events in the FINA World Championships.

“At the start of this year I wasn’t even sure if I would be doing Worlds or Commonwealth Games because of my shoulder injury,” she said.

“I’m really proud of myself that I have managed to get here and gather the momentum to get on the podium in my first event.”

The Aussies had plenty of support in the stand. (Photo: Delly Carr)

McKeown didn’t have the only great performance by an Australian on night two. Nearly beating his personal best, Zac Stubblety-Cook came in seventh place in the men’s breaststroke 100m final. He will be hoping to improve his time for the next competition.

Brianna Throssell had a strong last lap but couldn’t get a place on the podium. The West Australian competed in the women’s 100m butterfly final and came in sixth place with a time of 56.98.

In other swims on the night, Elijah Winnington was able to continue his good form, qualifying for the men’s 200m freestyle final.

Unfortunately, Jenna Strauch wasn’t able to get further than the semi-finals in the women’s 100m breaststroke. Despite being in the faster heat, she was only able to swim a time of 1:06.49.

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