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Monday, 22 July 2019

Aussie swimmer makes another podium stand


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At the world swim titles, Australian swimmer Emma McKeon has led a podium stand of a different kind as Mack Horton's controversial Sun Yang boycott continues to cause a stir.

McKeon won bronze in the women's 100m final at the FINA World Championships and during the medal ceremony, she was part of an emotional tribute to a fellow swimmer battling leukaemia.

Together alongside Canadian gold medallist Margaret MacNeil and Swedish silver medallist Sarah Sjostrom, the trio had a heartfelt message spelled out on their hands for Japanese 19-year-old Rikako Ikee.

"Rikako Ikee, never give up," their palms read.

https://twitter.com/fina1908/status/1153303607984316417

The teenager revealed her diagnosis in February and is currently undergoing treatment in the Japanese capital.

"I hope really that she will battle this cancer. She is a real fighter and the real winner," the Sjostrom later said.

"What is swimming compared to what she is going through?

"I told myself that before my race.

"It doesn't matter where I come because her battle is 50 times more than anyone else in this final."

World swimming championships women's 100-butterfly gold medalist Margaret MacNeil (C) of Canada, silver medalist Sarah Sjoestroem (L) of Sweden and bronze medalist Emma McKeon of Australia

Ikee won a record six gold medals at the Asian Games.

"She (Ikee) couldn’t be here with us today so we’re hoping that this will show we’re supporting her and we’re here if she needs anything," she said.

McKeon was forced to pull out of Tuesday's heats for the women's 200m freestyle event in South Korea, paving the way for Aussie teen Ariarne Titmus to be favourite for gold.

World No.2 McKeon and American great Katie Ledecky withdrew due to illness while Canada's Commonwealth Games 200m champion Taylor Ruck has been rested.

https://twitter.com/MaddieGroves_/status/1153277512677351424

Australian officials said McKeon was rested as a precaution but was still set to contest her remaining events - the 100m freestyle and four relays.

McKeon's withdrawal sabotages her tilt at a world titles record.

McKeon was set to become the first to claim eight medals at a single world titles after collecting 4x100m freestyle relay gold and 100m butterfly bronze.

https://twitter.com/DolphinsAUS/status/1153277346192904192

- with AAP

At the world swim titles, Australian swimmer Emma McKeon has led a podium stand of a different kind as Mack Horton's controversial Sun Yang boycott continues to cause a stir.

McKeon won bronze in the women's 100m final at the FINA World Championships and during the medal ceremony, she was part of an emotional tribute to a fellow swimmer battling leukaemia.

Together alongside Canadian gold medallist Margaret MacNeil and Swedish silver medallist Sarah Sjostrom, the trio had a heartfelt message spelled out on their hands for Japanese 19-year-old Rikako Ikee.

"Rikako Ikee, never give up," their palms read.

https://twitter.com/fina1908/status/1153303607984316417

The teenager revealed her diagnosis in February and is currently undergoing treatment in the Japanese capital.

"I hope really that she will battle this cancer. She is a real fighter and the real winner," the Sjostrom later said.

"What is swimming compared to what she is going through?

"I told myself that before my race.

"It doesn't matter where I come because her battle is 50 times more than anyone else in this final."

World swimming championships women's 100-butterfly gold medalist Margaret MacNeil (C) of Canada, silver medalist Sarah Sjoestroem (L) of Sweden and bronze medalist Emma McKeon of Australia

Ikee won a record six gold medals at the Asian Games.

"She (Ikee) couldn’t be here with us today so we’re hoping that this will show we’re supporting her and we’re here if she needs anything," she said.

McKeon was forced to pull out of Tuesday's heats for the women's 200m freestyle event in South Korea, paving the way for Aussie teen Ariarne Titmus to be favourite for gold.

World No.2 McKeon and American great Katie Ledecky withdrew due to illness while Canada's Commonwealth Games 200m champion Taylor Ruck has been rested.

https://twitter.com/MaddieGroves_/status/1153277512677351424

Australian officials said McKeon was rested as a precaution but was still set to contest her remaining events - the 100m freestyle and four relays.

McKeon's withdrawal sabotages her tilt at a world titles record.

McKeon was set to become the first to claim eight medals at a single world titles after collecting 4x100m freestyle relay gold and 100m butterfly bronze.

https://twitter.com/DolphinsAUS/status/1153277346192904192

- with AAP

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