2021 SWIMMING AUSTRALIA OLYMPIC TRIALS
Australia’s Kaylee McKeown, who has risen to superstardom with quite a few world-leading swims through the coronavirus pandemic, will sit out the 400 IM at Australia’s upcoming Olympic Trials.
As a substitute, she’ll deal with the 100 again, 200 again, and 200 IM at that meet.
Final December, McKeown swam 4:32.73 within the 400 IM in lengthy course on the Queensland Championships. That swim makes her the Sixteenth-best performer within the historical past of the occasion and the 2nd-fastest Australian to ever race it, behind solely Olympic champion Steph Rice.
Considerably, it additionally makes McKeown the 4th-fastest swimmer within the occasion for the reason that 2019 World Championships:
- Katinka Hosszu, Hungary – 4:32.30
- Melanie Margalis, United States – 4:32.53
- Yui Ohashi, Japan – 4:32.57
- Kaylee McKeown, Australia – 4:32.73
- Mireia Belmonte, Spain – 4:34.47
With Mireia Belmonte’s ongoing harm points in all probability eliminating her from rivalry, and with Katinka Hosszu displaying cracks in her iron armor, McKeown would’ve had a robust likelihood for an Olympic medal within the 400 IM.
She’ll as a substitute move that as much as deal with the backstroke races, the place gold and World Information appear in vary, and the shorter 200 IM. The backstrokes can have a deep discipline, led by one other teenager Regan Smith, who set World Information in each on the 2019 World Championships.
The 400 IM doesn’t have a direct occasion battle together with her 100 again, 200 again, or 200 IM, although the ultimate of the 400 IM is the morning of the prelims of the 100 again (with the flipped schedule in Tokyo). It’s additionally the primary day of the meet, and we’ve seen swimmers earlier than go after that early 400 IM and appear to battle to comply with up the pressure later within the meet.
McKeown at all times had decisions to make at Australia’s Olympic Trials. With the 100 backstroke comes a spot on the Australian medley relay, which might give her at the least 4 occasions at her first Olympic Video games.
With a 1:57.76 within the 200 free in April, there’s an opportunity she’ll even be optioned in to Australia’s 800 free relay, even when she doesn’t swim the occasion individually at Trials.
That would depart McKeown with as many as 5 different occasions that may be adversely impacted by the opening 400 IM in Tokyo, if she certified.
The Australian Olympic Trials run from June 12-17 on the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre.