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Kaylee McKeown breaks 100m backstroke world record


Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown broke the 100m backstroke world record in her country’s Olympic Trials on Sunday.

McKeown bested American Regan Smith’s previously held record by 12 hundredths of a second, clocking a time of 57.45 seconds.

The swim was an emotional one for McKeown, who lost her father 10 months ago to brain cancer. “With COVID and the passing of my dad in August last year, it has been a huge, huge build-up to these trials,” said McKeown adding that her father’s passing served as motivation for her race.

McKeown’s record-breaking swim sets up an anticipated matchup between her and Smith at the Tokyo Olympics.