Aussie swimming superstar Emma McKeon to stick with proven formula for Commonwealth Games

Olympic swimming legend Emma McKeon’s insatiable urge for food for medals will see her repeat her Tokyo program on the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham subsequent yr.

Not even the nice Michael Phelps, the best swimmer of all time, repeated this system that delivered him a file eight golds in Beijing.

Nevertheless, McKeon — who turns 28 subsequent yr — stated she favored “arduous work” and refused to compromise her workload.

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Digicam IconMerely the very best: Emma McKeon (proper) wins gold within the girls's 100m freestyle closing on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Adam Head Credit score: Information Corp Australia

It was a workload that noticed her compete in each session in Tokyo but additionally swim away with seven medals — 4 gold, three bronze and the title of Australia’s most embellished Olympian.

Talking from the household vacation dwelling at Lake Conjola in NSW, McKeon stated she was taking the subsequent two months off earlier than launching her World Championships and Birmingham marketing campaign.

“Trying again … it was so much … it was loopy … 90 races cross Olympics, ISL (Worldwide Swimming League) and World Cups,” she stated.

“I gained’t get again within the water now till subsequent yr however I do know I don’t need to drop any of my occasions.

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Digicam IconAustralia’s most profitable Olympian takes outing at North Wollongong Seaside. Jonathan Ng Credit score: Information Corp Australia

“I like having a giant program so I’ll hold doing it. I raced daily in Tokyo — all up it was 13 races … however I additionally work with a sport psychologist and that has helped me so much — she ready me for what was developing on the Games and my workload.

“We labored by means of quite a lot of situations and ‘what ifs’ and I used to be ready … and I felt unwavering that nothing was going to get in my street.

“And I do know I can do the work once more and repeat this system.

“There’s not one occasion I need to cease and I get pleasure from coaching for all of them … and it appears to work for me OK.”

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Digicam IconMcKeon will resume severe coaching for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games subsequent yr. Jonathan Ng Credit score: Information Corp Australia

Within the no nonsense superstar’s favour is that there will probably be no semi-finals in Birmingham, simply heats after which straight finals.

And whereas a lot of Australia’s swimmers have returned to the pool, McKeon is comfortable to escape the grind of choline and schedules.

“The final time I had a correct break was after the 2016 Olympics and I took three months off and I went travelling.

“Swimming is a tough sport anyway with the quantity of coaching we do … I genuinely like arduous work so it doesn’t hassle me to come again from a protracted break.”

The ironwoman of the pool additionally has deep ties with the surf group and is an envoy for Surf Lifesaving Australia’s new seashore security marketing campaign that may see a QR code on each Nutri-Grain pack.

Her pop was a founding member of South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Membership and McKeon defined that the QR code will hyperlink by means of BeachSafe.org.au web site that alerts individuals to their closest patrolled seashore.

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