Swimming 2021: the golden girl of the Olympics Emma McKeon dismissed early in the International Swimming League
Posted On September 15, 2021
Emma McKeon immediately caused a sensation in the International Swimming League (ISL), winning the 50m freestyle in her first game for London Roar upon returning to the pool after a dominant Olympic campaign.
McKeon became Australia’s most successful Olympian after winning seven medals – including four gold – in Tokyo, but shortened her break with family and friends in Australia to resume competition in the ISL.
She made a quick impact on the opening day of Roar’s game against the Cali Condors, Tokyo Frog Kings and Rome’s Aqua Centurions, winning the 50m freestyle – one of her gold medals at the Olympics. – and finishing second in the 100m butterfly before helping London take third place in the medley relay.
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McKeon will compete in the 100m freestyle – the other event in which she won individual gold in Tokyo – on the second day of the Italian competition early Monday morning Australian time.
McKeon cut short her break with family and friends in Australia to resume racing at ISL, but is putting little pressure on herself, to take advantage of the short-lived format and reconnect with friends she saw little at the Olympics. due to the threat of Covid and a huge racing schedule.
“It’s definitely a different way of racing so I think it’s going to be a good mental break,” McKeon said of the ISL match-race format.
“I think it will be a lot of fun with this team and just a different format, a different way of racing.
“I didn’t really stop to chat with a lot of people (in Tokyo), we were so careful what we were doing.
“Each team (ISL) has people from different countries, so we can socialize a bit more.”
Kyle Chalmers also touched the pool for the first time since Tokyo, with the London captain leading the Roar to a victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay with a scintillating first leg.
The effort sets up a tantalizing rematch in the 100m individual freestyle against Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel on day two of competition.
Dressel won the 100m butterfly and was second in the 200m individual medley on the opening day, but the Cali Condors captain was unable to catch up with the lead Chalmers had established for the Roar in the relay.
Minna Atherton of Queensland also won gold for the Roar in the 200 backstroke to give the team a lead heading into day two of competition.
Other Australians who have made a direct comeback to competition in the ISL include Madi Wilson, who won the 100m freestyle for LA Current in their match against DC Current, the Toronto Titans and the Hungarians Team Iron. during their match on Friday and Saturday.