McKeon sets Olympic record in women's 100m freestyle heats

28/07/2021 11:00 PM

TOKYO, July 28  -- Australia's Emma McKeon set a new Olympic record in the women's 100m freestyle heats on Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics, as South African Tatjana Schoenmaker clocked the second fastest 200m breaststroke time ever.                

According to Xinhua News Agency, McKeon was timed 52.13 seconds in the women's 100m freestyle as she launched a bid for her third medal of the Games.

Siobhan Bernadette Haughey from China's Hong Kong qualified in second position in 52.70, returning to the pool hours after winning silver in the women's 200m freestyle. The third fastest qualifier was Anna Hopkin of Britain in 52.75.

Sweden's world record holder Sarah Sjostrom touched in 52.91 to finish in fifth place.    "It feels OK; nothing comes for free and I really have to fight out there," Sjostrom said. "Even if I feel a bit tired, I can still keep up the speed during the whole run, so I'm happy with that."                  

Schoenmaker, who already has the 100m breaststroke silver to her name in Tokyo, topped the women's 200m breaststroke heats with a new Olympic record time 2:19.16.

"My goal was to try to get as close to my (personal best) times as possible, because in the (South African Olympic) trials I set a massive PB and I was hoping I could do it again," Schoenmaker said. "I wasn't expecting that fast."

Meanwhile, China's Xu Jiayu and Wang Shun qualified for the semifinals of men's 200m backstroke and men's 200m individual medley respectively.

 In the women's 4x200m free relay event, China sailed into the final behind Australia and the USA.