26/02/2024

Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm embrace on the dais. Photo: Tokyo 2020 Twitter

Kaylee McKeown took out 100 metre backstroke gold on Tuesday with an Olympic Record. Today, she achieved a superb double, winning gold in the women's 200 metre backstroke.

Kaylee McKeown took out 100-metre backstroke gold on Tuesday with an Olympic Record. Today, she achieved a superb double, winning gold in the women’s 200-metre backstroke. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

The superstar has only just turned 20 years old but became the first Australian in Olympic Games history to win the women’s 200-metre backstroke.

She finished with a time of 2:04.68, a relatively comfortable 0.74 seconds ahead of second.

Emily Seebohm, 13 years after her first Olympic medal, finished like a rocket to take out the bronze medal after qualifying first in the heats. Canadian Kylie Masse split the Aussies with silver.

In their semi-final, Masse touched first ahead of McKeown, and the Aussie qualified fourth fastest for the event which saw her start from lane three. It could have put some doubt in her mind, but she swam her race to perfection, allowing Masse to take the early lead.

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In the second 100 metres, she started to make her move, pushing up on the Canadian before turning well for the last 50 metres and taking the lead with about 25 metres to go.

McKeown has had a spectacular debut Olympics and will take home two gold medals in individual events and taking home a bronze in the mixed medley relay. She has medaled in every one of her events.

She backed up her swim, getting into the water for the 100-metre mixed medley relay straight from the dais for her medal ceremony with Seebohm. McKeown jumped in and swam first, her backstroke leg helping Australia claim bronze in the inaugural event at Tokyo 2020.

She won silver at the World Championships in 2019 but has gone one better at Tokyo 2020 two years later to create even more history for Australia at these golden Olympic Games.

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