Emma McKeon

Emma McKeon (born 24 May 1994) is an Australian competitive swimmer.

She won four gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, including an individual gold in the 200 metre freestyle and three relay golds. She won four medals in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

McKeon was born on 24 May 1994 in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. She is the sister of David McKeon and the daughter of Ron McKeon, both of whom are also swimmers. She completed her secondary education in 2012 from The Illawarra Grammar School and then studied at Griffith University for a bachelor’s degree in public health and health promotion with a major in nutrition. She and her brother David McKeon are both coached by their father.

McKeon competed at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics held in Singapore. She won a gold medal in the girls’ 4 × 100 metre medley relay, silver medals in the 100 metre freestyle and the mixed 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay, and bronze medals in the 50 metre freestyle, 200 metre freestyle and mixed 4 × 100 metre medley relay.

She missed out on selection for the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, United Kingdom. In 2013 she won a silver medal in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay at the 15th FINA World Championships held in Barcelona, Spain. She also swam in the heats of the 4 × 100 metre medley relay and the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay on the way to Australia winning silver medals in those events.

She was selected as part of the Australian squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow, Scotland, where she won six medals, four golds and two bronzes. On the first day of competition she won a gold medal in the 200 metre freestyle and was then part of an Australian quartet, alongside Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger and Cate Campbell, which won the gold medal and set a new world record time of 7:49.90 in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay. She won individual bronze medals in the 100 metre butterfly and then in the 100 metre freestyle, behind the Campbell sisters as Australia took all three podium positions. McKeon won further gold medals in the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay, where she set a Games record as part of team that also included Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt, and the 4 × 100 metre medley relay with Emily Seebohm, Lorna Tonks and Cate Campbell. Her six medals equalled a Commonwealth Games record for swimmers previously set by Ian Thorpe and Susie O’Neill.

In 2015 she competed at the 16th FINA World Championships held in Kazan, Russia. She won a gold medal in the 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay, finished fourth in the 100 metre butterfly and placed seventh in the 200 metre freestyle.

In April 2016 McKeon was selected as part of the Australian team for the 2016 Summer Olympics due to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her brother David was also selected meaning the pair will be the first brother and sister to swim at an Olympic Games for Australia since John and Ilsa Konrads in 1960. She is due to compete in the 200 metre freestyle, 100 metre butterfly, 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay, 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay and the 4 × 100 metre medley relay.


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