Kaylee McKeown falls agonisingly short of a world record again during Olympics 2024 trials… but Aussie swim star reveals why she does NOT care

  • Kaylee McKeown fell short of another world record 
  • She missed out earlier this week in Brisbane 
  • But she insists she is not bothered by the shortfall 

Kaylee McKeown insists she’s not bothered by narrowly missing another world record at Australia’s Olympic swimming trials.

McKeown was within 0.16 seconds of her own 200m backstroke world record at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old clocked two minutes 03.30 seconds, outside her benchmark 2:03.14 set in March last year.

‘No, it doesn’t bother me at all,’ McKeown said.

‘To be honest with you, I’m just happy to still be swimming around that time, not many people in the world are doing that at the moment.

Kaylee McKeown missed out on another world record at the Olympics trials in Brisbane

But the Australian swim sensation insists she is not bothered about missing out

But the Australian swim sensation insists she is not bothered about missing out

‘There is one that I can think of and she’s about to get up and race so I’m nervous to see what she does, but I’m excited for the battle that we have in Paris.’

McKeown was referring to American Regan Smith, who will race at the US Olympic trials next weekend.

Smith held the world record for four years before McKeown bettered it in 2023 at the NSW state championships.

McKeown’s near-miss follows another on Tuesday night when she snuck within eight-hundredths of a second of her 100m backstroke world record.

McKeown is also reigning Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

On Monday night, she set a Commonwealth record in winning the 200m individual medley, an event she is adding to her program for the Paris Olympics starting on July 26.

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