This is perhaps the most surprising development we have seen so far in these world championships.
World record holder in the women’s 100 backstroke Kylie McKeown She did not appear in qualifying this morning, as we report here.
Head coach for Australia Rohan Taylor I provided more information on the decision. Report to News Corp That McKeown wanted to play the 200 medley final tonight without having another competition clash with it. The semi-finals of the 100m medley will be played before the final of the 200m medley.
McCune coach, Michael Ball, The 20-year-old wants to gain international experience in the 200 medley to get confidence in competitions of this caliber.
Taylor told New Corp: “Of course it depends on her and her trust. She will feel safer if she puts all her eggs in the mixed basket and she will do so“.
McKeown finished third in last night’s semi-finals, swimming with a time of 2:10.17. At 19, he had a PB of 2:08.19 achieved at the Australian Olympic Trials last June. This was the world’s fastest time for 2021. However, he did not swim in the 200 medley at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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Then Taylor added: “It is more about managing his schedule. It will have a lot of mixed relays, mixed relays, 200m backstrokes, 50m backstrokes, and the program is very big for this week, and then there are also the community games. So we took the opportunity to let her try the 200m Mixed up to see what she could do, and that’s what she did.”.
He also said that McKeown will once again compete in the 100-stroke backstroke at the Commonwealth Games next month.
“Obviously at some point she will have to look to double up, that’s the reality, but at the moment we’re helping her get used to that.”
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