Riverside, California 2021-06-13 11:00:24 –
19-year-old Kylie McKeon’s time improved the previous world mark of 57.57 set by Regan Smith of the United States in 2019.
Swimmer Kaylee McKeon says her father’s death 10 months ago set a new world record for a 100-meter backstroke on Sunday at the Australian Olympic Trial.
19-year-old McKean spent 57.45 seconds at the South Australia Aquatic Center, improving the previous mark of 57.57 set by Regan Smith of the United States in 2019.
McKean’s father, Schort, died of a brain tumor last August.
“With COVID and my father’s death last August, it was a huge, huge accumulation of these trials,” she said.
“And I turned it into a little hunger and motivation behind me. I use it every day when I wake up. I have the privilege of walking and talking on this planet. I know that, so get up tonight and do it really not for me, but for my family. “
McKean set a federal and Australian record of 57.63 last month. Just before Sunday’s final, her coach Chris Mooney signaled that a world record was the goal.
“He said something to me before I went into warm-up, it was like’You know Buddy, I believe in you’,” she said. “I knew then it was time to go. He knew something special was about to happen. I may not have known it, but I I was trying to keep my nerves down as much as possible. “
McKean’s record sets the long-awaited confrontation with American Star Smith at the Tokyo Olympics next month.
“Everyone who comes out that day doesn’t know what will happen in five or six weeks,” she said.
Emily Seebohm finished second at 58.59 and participated in the fourth Olympics.
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