Emma McKeon | Australian Olympic Committee

Emma's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Swimming
Olympic History: Rio 2016
Club: Griffith University, QLD
Year Born: 1994
State Born: NSW

About Emma

After narrowly missing selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games, McKeon took a hiatus from the sport before rediscovering her passion for swimming and making her senior international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she claimed six medals from six races: four gold and two bronze.

At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, McKeon finished fourth in the women's 100m butterfly, seventh in 200m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle gold and 4x100m medley bronze. The Brisbane based athlete competed at the 2010 inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where she took home one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

McKeon comes from a rich swimming pedigree. Her father Ron swam at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games and won four Commonwealth Games gold medals. His mother Susie was a Commonwealth Games swimmer and her brother, Rob Woodhouse, swam at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, winning bronze in Los Angeles. Her brother David is a dual Olympian and won silver in Rio.

The Wollongong native was Australia's most successful swimmer at the Rio 2016 Games. In her Olympic debut, McKeon took home one gold, two silver and bronze. 

McKeon was a part of the Australian 4x100m freestyle relay who were crowned Olympic Champions. The team of McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Cate and Bronte Campbell broke the world record in a time of 3:30.65, bettering Australia's previous world-best mark of 3:30.98 set at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 

McKeon, Bronte Barrett, Leah Neale and Tamsin Cook combined to place second in the 4x200m freestyle relay, with a bronze in the Women's 200m freestyle proved another addition to her medal haul. She led for the first 100 metres and hung on to finish third in a time of 1:54.92, just 0.09 of a second outside the Australian record she set at the 2015 Nationals. 

On the final night of swimming competition in Rio, McKeon combined with Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown and Cate Campbell in the 4x100m medley to claim silver, clocking 3:55.00. 

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, McKeon won gold in the Women's 100m butterfly, 4x100m freestyle relay (world record), 4x200m freestyle relay (games record), 4x100m medley relay (games record) and bronze in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly. 

In her fourth successive appearance at the World Championships in 2019, McKeon won gold in the Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, the 4x200m freestyle relay (world record), silver in the Women's 4x100m medley relay, the Mixed 4x100m medley relay, the Mixed 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the Women's 100m butterfly, marking her most fruitful World Championships campaign of her career. 

At the 2021 Olympic Trials, Emma powered home in both the womens 100m and 50m freestyle to claim double gold. Earlier in the week, Emma also won the 100m butterfly and came second in the 200m freestyle. The 27-year-old will make her second Olympic Team at the Tokyo 2021 Games. 

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