Australian Olympic hopeful Kaylee McKeown, 19, smashes 200m backstroke ...

Australian Olympic hopeful, 19, smashes 200m backstroke short-course world record at 'virtual' national championship Olympic hopeful, 19, wowed at the 'virtual' national short-course championship  Kaylee McKeown smashed the 200m backstroke record by 0.59 of a second The gold medal swimmer was also stunned by her own incredible achievement

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 08:08 GMT, 28 November 2020 | Updated: 08:08 GMT, 28 November 2020

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Teenage Olympic hopeful Kaylee McKeown has set the 'virtual' Australian national short-course swimming championships alight by smashing the six-year-old 200m backstroke world record in Brisbane.

No one was more surprised by her blistering time than 19-year-old McKeown, who clocked 1 minute 58.94 on Saturday to eclipse the 2014 mark of 1:59.23 set by Hungary's Katinka Hosszu.

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'Short course is something we don't get to do very often so I was excited to see what I could put up after some solid training this year,' McKeown said.

'I headed over to my teammates and my coach and they said "you just got a world-record" and I was like, "what?".

Teenage Olympic hopeful Kaylee McKeown (pictured) has set the 'virtual' Australian national short-course swimming championships alight by smashing the six-year-old 200m backstroke world record in Brisbane

Teenage Olympic hopeful Kaylee

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