Emma McKeon sizzles at World Cup
EMMA McKeon has won three finals in the latest leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup to take the lead in the overall points standing which is worth $140,000 to the winner.
The Australian star - who won four golds among seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics - was in stellar form in Budapest to secure victories in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m butterfly.
Her time of 50.58 seconds in the 100m freestyle matched the World Cup record - with compatriots Madi Wilson third and Leah Neale seventh.
McKeon’s trio of win in the Hungarian capital secured the women’s title for the meet, netting her almost $17,000.
In the 50m freestyle, McKeon edged out Wilson in a time of 23.50 with Holly Barratt fourth.
It was another Australian one-two in the 50m butterfly with McKeon coming home in 24.97 to get the better of Barratt with Madeline Groves fourth.
In the men’s Kyle Chalmers took out the 50m-100m freestyle double and was second in the 200m.
The 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m free and silver medallist in Tokyo, Chalmers won over that distance in 45.50 and secured the 50m in 20.97 - with Russian Vladimir Morozov runnerup in both finals.
In the 200m, Chalmers swam 1:41.60 to finish just behind South African Matthew Sates.
The three-day event in Budapest is the second of four short-course World Cup legs spread throughout October, with Doha and Kazan to host the third and fourth rounds.
This year’s World Cup has a new scoring system to assign points and the related prize money.
A total of $315,000 to the top 20 athletes of each leg is up for grabs while $780,000 will be given to the top 10 athletes.