Feasting on gold in Fukuoka

Published 9:49am 28 July 2023

Feasting on gold in Fukuoka
Words by Nick Crockford

Kaylee McKeown, the Redcliffe-born swim star, is continuing her golden run at the World Championships in Fukuoka.

The 22-year-old who grew up in Caboolture and swam at Burpengary, has added the 50m backstroke title to her 100m crown.

McKeown set an Australian record in winning the 50m backstroke clocking 27.08 seconds, inside her previous benchmark of 27.16 set in 2021, to pip American Regan Smith (27.11).

In today's 200m backstroke heats, world record holder McKeown was fifth-fastest, clocking two minutes 09.30 seconds to go through to the semi-finals.

In a glittering finale to Day 5 of the World Aquatics Championships, Australia’s women's 4x200m freestyle team set a world record of 7minutes 37.50 seconds - breaking the mark they posted last year.

Kaylee McKeown in backstroke action last night. Picture Commonwealth Games Australia

That came shortly after Kyle Chalmers triumphed with a trademark last-lap surge in the 100m freestyle.

The 25 year old turned in seventh, but powered to the finish to win in 47.15 from American Jack Alexy (47.31).

Australia's gold medal tally rose to nine - the nation's most at any world titles since 2007.

The Dolphins have also won three silver with two days of competition remaining.

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