USA’s Regan Smith Claps in Silence After Australian Rival Kaylee McKeown Roars Over Berlin on Final Day of Swimming World Cup 2023

Published 10/08/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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With the Swimming World Cup 2023 almost coming to an end, this competition has witnessed stupendous performances. The World Cup saw several multiple swimming sensations, and their performances left everybody in awe. One of the athletes that grabbed a lot of attention in Berlin is Australian swimmer, Kaylee Mckeown. Her graceful style of setting world records this year has made the entire swimming community fall in love with her.

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She is a triple Olympic gold medalist and has multiple world records on her name and has left all her rivals behind. The way she ruled over Berlin in the World Cup was exceptional. Her USA rival Regan Smith on the other hand quietly appreciated her after biting the dust.

Kaylee Mckeown’s stunning performance at the Swimming World Cup 2023

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Kaylee Mckeown has proved her worth with what she has done at the World Cup this year. She is no stranger to attaining world records and made sure to stay intact on the same in most of her events. Mckeown blew everyone’s mind after attaining triple gold and World Cup records in Berlin. Her performance at the 200m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, and 50m Backstroke is unmatchable.

The World Aquatics themselves shared an appreciation post for the pro-athlete on their X account. They shared a picture of the Australian swimmer beside the pool and the caption carried, “Kaylee Mckeown triple gold and World Cup Record in Berlin #SWC23.”  She left everyone behind by attaining a win in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2.06.47. She further nabbed another gold in the 100m backstroke with a time of 57.95, and the third gold was earned by her in 50m Backstroke at 27.24.

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With her wins she is shining bright in the World Cup as she is moving closer with every win. Meanwhile, her 2023 Aquatics Championship American rival Regan Smith claps quietly at the Australian swimmer’s victory.

The competition between Regan Smith and Kaylee Mckeown 

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The connection between both the American swimmer Regan Smith, and the Australian Kaylee Mckeown goes back to the 2023 World Aquatics Championship. This championship had some performances worth watching and some of them were of these two swimmers. Along with performances, multiple events portrayed the potential for rivalry inculcating the women’s 100-meter backstroke.

This event featured Smith and Mckeown both taking their first steps toward the rivalry showdown. At that time, the current world champion was Smith who posted the fastest time of the session by winning with a time of 58.47. In the following heat, Mckeown took the lead and won in 58.90. Further Smith gave a wonderful performance by nabbing wins in multiple events, she doubled in both backstrokes at the United States Trials, along with winning the 200 butterfly. She also bagged the win in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

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Mckeown on the other hand was expected to balance a double during the evening session but she was disqualified because of an illegal turn she took to make a transition. Keeping these events in mind, Mckeown’s performance at the 2023 Swimming World Cup is absolutely insane and the best comeback. This might go as a subtle hint of tough competition to the American rival Regan Smith.

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Nancy Singh

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Nancy Singh is a US sports writer for EssentiallySports. She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing and marketing. With her Bachelor’s degree in English, Nancy created a penchant for all things journalism and delved into the world of sports.
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