Medal­list McKeon moves on to higher plane

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE multi- talented Emma McKeon is fast be­com­ing the most valu­able swim­mer in the Australian team.

Two days into the world cham­pi­onships in Bu­dapest she was Aus­tralia’s only mul­ti­ple medal­list, with two sil­ver medals, and she was only one third of the way through her six­event pro­gram.

Aus­tralia’s most- dec­o­rated Olympian in Rio last year, where she won one gold, one sil­ver and two bronze medals on de­but, 23- year- old McKeon has moved to a higher plane this year, as she demon­strated by set­ting a new na­tional record to win the sil­ver medal in the 100m but­ter­fly yes­ter­day.

McKeon’s time of 56.18 sec makes her the fourth fastest 100m but­ter­flyer in his­tory and she is now eye­ing off a sub- 56 sec­ond swim which would put her in the elite com­pany of the Olympic gold medal­lists in the event Sarah Sjostrom ( 2016) and Dana Vollmer ( 2012).

Aus­tralia's Emma McKeon.

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