David McKeon

David McKeon

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 11:38 PM 9 Aug (Rio)
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Final

7:04.18 (4th)

United States of America (USA)
Great Britain (GBR)
Japan (JPN)

(Local) / 01:39 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 200m Freestyle - Heat 5

1:48.38 (8th)

(Local) / 10:30 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's 400m Freestyle Final

3:45.28 (7th)

Mack Horton (AUS)
Yang Sun (CHN)
Gabriele Detti (ITA)

(Local) / 02:24 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's 400m Freestyle - Heat 7

3:44.68 (4th)

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Athlete Biography

David McKeon, along with sister Emma, join eight other siblings on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team. McKeon scored his spot in Rio after a strong performance in the 400m freestyle (3:45.09) on the first night of the trials in Adelaide where he finished behind a flying Mack Horton. He was also third in the 200m final to secure a Rio relay spot. After Cameron McEvoy withdrew from competing in the 200m freestyle he was also confirmed in that individual event.

The Brisbane based athlete made his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games where he finished fifth in his heat of the 400m freestyle, before swimming in the heats of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay that finished fifth overall.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games he claimed gold in the 4x200m freestyle and finished second in the 400m freestyle after setting world record pace throughout the race only to be overtaken in the last lap. He went on to finish 10th at the 2015 World Championships in the 8-lap event.

McKeon didn’t take up competitive swimming until 2010, when he was inspired by Emma after she competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

He comes from rich swimming pedigree. His father Ron swam at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games and won 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.

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Olympic Information

  • London 2012 - 15th (400m freestyle), 5th (4x200m freestyle) - heat only.

Recent Performances

  • 1st (400m freestyle), 5th (200m freestyle) - 2016 Brisbane Grand Prix (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 4th (400m freestyle) - 2016 Santa Clara Grand Prix (Santa Clara, USA)
  • 2nd (400m freestyle), 3rd (200m freestyle) - 2016 Australian Open Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 10th (400m freestyle) - 2015 FINA World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
  • 1st (4x200m freestyle), 2nd (400m freestyle) - 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Great Britain)

Career Highlights

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


  • Primary
    The Illawarra Grammar School (NSW, Australia)
  • Secondary
    The Illawarra Grammar School (NSW, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Public Health - The University of Wollongong


  • Coach
    Ron McKeon (2011 - 2013) Vince Raleigh (2014- Current)
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Brisbane, Australia


Favourite holiday destination
Water Skiing / Wake boarding at Lake Conjola or the Shoalhaven river
Dream car
Range Rover Sport
I would spend my last $10 on
A lottery ticket