She’s swum nine races in four and half days at the World Championships in Budapest and all of us are wondering: what are we doing with our lives?
Australian swimming champion Emma McKeon faced a marathon program going into this year’s competition, which began on July 23. She’s come away with four medals so far – and she’s not done yet.
The first night, she lead the Australian women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay to a silver medal.
On Monday, she received her own silver in the 100m butterfly. She followed this up with a silver in the 200m freestyle, and silver again in the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay.
Tonight (this morning, Australian time), she’s on the blocks again for the 100m freestyle semi-finals.
“That was my ninth race at the meet,” she said of the 100m freestyle heat earlier today, AAP reports. “So I knew that this morning would be quite challenging just to get myself going. But I have pulled up quite well considering the amount of racing I have done.”
She told The Australian: “[My coach] set me a different sort of warm up from the one I’ve been doing all week long and I think that helped me to refresh my mind a bit.”
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The 23-year-old from Wollongong took out four Olympic medals on debut in Rio last year. She is the fastest 100m butterfly swimmer in Australian history and has been dubbed the ‘New Madam Butterly’.
Half way through this year’s World Championships and Australia is ninth on the world titles tally with six medals – including five silver. The US are leading with six gold, seven silver, and three bronze.