McKeon, Campbell thrill in 100m final at Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in Adelaide
Jun 16, 2021 1 min, 34 secs

Emma McKeon has won the 100m freestyle final at the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials in a race that showcased the depth of Australia's female sprinters.

McKeon's time of 52:35 edged out former world record holder Cate Campbell, who swam 52:59 to qualify for her fourth Olympic Games.

"I never really thought that the 100 would be one of my specialities I guess, but I think that's because of my 200 work — it gives me a good back end and allows me to hold on," McKeon said.

In a race worthy of an Olympic final, the top six women all swam a qualifying time, which is based on the 8th-best place at the last World Championships.

The result will make Australia the hot favourite to defend the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay gold medal it won at the Rio Olympic Games.

The veteran has described the trials as "the most nerve-wracking week of my life," as she watched world-class times swum by Kaylee McKeown, Ariarne Titmus and McKeon before finally swimming for the first time on day five.

"When we've looked at the results, it's such an exciting team to be a part of and to be going to a fourth Olympics is now something I'm incredibly proud to say that I have achieved," Campbell said.

"I'm actually not sure, we'll just look at it after this meet," said McKeon, who will also swim the 50m freestyle on Thursday.

Jenna Strauch will be going to her first Olympic Games after winning the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final in an Olympic qualifying time of 2:23:12.

The veteran is six-time gold medallist Ellie Cole, who'll be going to her fourth Paralympic Games

Australia's Paralympic swimming team won 29 medals at Rio including nine gold

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