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Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st (400m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 3rd (200m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (400m freestyle) - 2011 World University Games (Shenzhen, China)
  • 6th (400m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 21st (200m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning gold at the 2011 World University Games in the men's 400m freestyle

Interesting Facts

  • David McKeon comes from rich swimming pedigree. His father Ron swam at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games as well as winning four Commonwealth Games gold medals. His mother Susie was a Commonwealth Games swimmer and her brother Rob Woodhouse, swam at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, winning bronze in Los Angeles.
  • Despite the family history, McKeon only decided to take up swimming at the age of 17 and only got into competition in 2010. His sister Emma competed at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, which was one of the major inspirations for David to take up competitive swimming.
  • At the 2012 Olympic swimming titles, McKeon surged to success winning the 400m freestyle in 3:46.36, upsetting race favourite Ryan Napoleon. His time of 1:47.16 in the 200m freestyle final saw him finish third behind Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Kenrick Monk, locking in a relay spot.
  • Swimming at his first national titles in 2011, McKeon came 6th in the 400m and 21st in the 200m freestyle.
  • Competing at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen China, McKeon won gold in the 400m freestyle.

Sport

Years on national team

1

Coach

Ron McKeon (2011 - current)

Primary Training Base

Wollongong, Australia

Club

Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swimming Club (NSW, Australia)

Institute/Academy

NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney

Education

Primary

The Illawarra Grammar School (NSW, Australia)

Secondary

The Illawarra Grammar School (NSW, Australia)

Tertiary

Public Health - The University of Wollongong


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