David McKeon is an Australian Olympic swim talent that has established himself as an exceptional competitor in both 200m and 400m freestyle. Surprisingly, David had not begun competitively swimming until age 18 much to the credit of his sister Emma and rich family bloodline of Olympic talent.
The family name has had numerous Olympians such as father Ron swimming for Australia in two Olympic Games as well as winning two Commonwealth gold medals. Mother Susie also competed in the 1982 Commonwealth Games whilst uncle Rob was also an Olympic medallist.
2011 was described as David’s breakthrough season, winning gold in the 400m freestyle at the World University Games in Singapore. In 2012, David continued to impress, winning the 400m freestyle final at the 2012 Energy Australia Swimming Championships and consequently qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.
In his first Olympic appearance, McKeon finished 5th in the 4x200m freestyle relay and 12th in the 400m freestyle. In 2014, McKeon continued to progress as he dominated the Commonwealth Games, taking home gold in the 4x800m freestyle relay and silver in the 400m freestyle. Furthermore, David competed in the 2015 FINA World Championships where his relay 4x800m relay team took bronze behind Great Britain and USA.
The Rio 2016 Olympics was another competitive outing for McKeon as his relay team narrowly came 4th in the 4x800m freestyle relay. David also consolidated on his individual career as he finished 7thin the 400m freestyle final. In 2017, David 2017 collected silver in the 2017 National Championships for the 400m freestyle. David is continuing to establish himself as a dominant figure on the international stage with the help and guidance of his coach, Michael Bohl. He is currently focusing on qualifying for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the hope to win his first Olympic medal.