2021 FINA WORLD CUP STOP # 2 – BUDAPEST
As if 27-year-old Emma McKeon had not already made her presence known across the first two stops of the FINA World Cup Series, the Aussie ended her Budapest campaign with a major World Cup record.
By touching the wall in a time of 50.58 to take the main prize in the woman in the 100 m freestyle final, McKeon matched the long-standing WC record at the same time that has been on the books since Swedish Sarah Sjostrom put it there in 2017.
McKeon opened her evil-fast run in a front half of 24.55 before bringing it home in 26.03, fighting the best time of her career in the process. In comparison, Sjostom’s 50.58 consisted of 24.49 / 26.09.
Entering this 2nd World Cup stop, multi-Olympic gold medalist McKeon owned a lifetime best of 50.96, a mark she produced last week in Berlin. Before that escapade, McKeon had never been under 51 and had a PB of 51.02 from 2 years ago in the ISL.
But her time here tonight now binds Sjostrom as the 2nd fastest swimmer ever in this SCM 100 free event that only sits behind with Aussie Cate Campbell’s world record of 50.25 from 2017.
All in all, here are McKeon’s performances across the first 2 stops: