Emma McKeon doubles her stunning claim after a stunning week at the World Short Course Championships

Australia’s most successful Olympian Emma McKeon added a new world record and four gold medals to her name at the World Short Course Championships in Melbourne this week.

McKeon won the 50m freestyle in a time of 23:04, improving the championship record by 0:04 seconds and breaking her compatriot Cate Campbell’s Oceanic Record, but she still doesn’t see herself as a 50m freestyle.

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“I still don’t call myself a 50-meter freestyler after Tokyo… I call the 50-meter freestylers the ones who just sprint and don’t do laps in the pool for hours,” McKeon said.

“Probably training more to 200 and that gives me a good back half of my races so I still wouldn’t call myself a 50m freestyler but I do enjoy racing.”

Emma McKeon chats to Sunrise and (inset) with her 50m freestyle gold medal from the Melbourne Short Track Champions. Credit: seven

McKeon also won gold in the 100 and 200m freestyle and had a productive leg in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay that helped the team to gold and a world record.

McKeon said on Sunrise Monday morning it’s been a big week.

Emma McKeon is flanked by silver medalist Katarzyna Wasick and bronze medalist Anna Hopkin after the 50m freestyle final at the World Short Track Championships. Credit: Getty Images

“Actually, I’m pretty tired, I just woke up about half an hour ago,” she said.

“I am over the moon with my results this week.

“I think after the Olympics… and taking a break and getting back into it, I wasn’t really sure how this year was going to go, but after a week like this my confidence in my swimming is really high and I’m really excited the next few years.”

In 2020, McKeon became the first swimmer to win seven medals in a single game and she shows no signs of slowing down.

“I like raising the bar. I like to keep improving and really just seeing what I’m capable of and that motivates me and motivates me to keep swimming now,” she said.

“I wasn’t concerned but I just didn’t know where I was, I didn’t race as much this year as I usually do.

“I think when you get through something as big as the Olympics and do so well, you can um and um think about what else you could do and what you still have to give or if you still have it somehow .

“Doing what I did this week shows I still have it and I can still improve before Paris.”

Emma McKeon takes home the gold with her first-ever freestyle split under 50-100

Emma McKeon takes home the gold with her first-ever freestyle split under 50-100

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James Brien

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