Australian swimming star Kaylee McKeown has distanced herself from comments made by former champion Cate Campbell about the world championships in Japan.
McKeown was crowned female swimmer of the year after sweeping all three golds in the 50m, 100m and 200 medal races and Australia won the most gold medals with 13.
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But USA won the best team award despite only winning seven golds with their 38-medal tally the most overall by any nation.
It was the first time since 2001, the Australians unseated the Americans from the head of the gold medal table at a world titles or Olympic Games.
Kaylee McKeown has distanced herself from comments made by Cate Campbell. Credit: Getty Images
In the aftermath of the event, former Aussie great Campbell labelled the Americans “sore losers”.
“I mean Australia coming out on top of the world is one thing, but it is just so much sweeter beating America,” she said.
“The first night of competition, we did not have to hear ‘Star Spangled Banner’ ring out through the stadium. I cannot tell you how happy that made me.
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“If I hear that song again it will be too soon.
“Bring on Paris. That’s all I have to say to the US. Stop being sore losers.”
The comments sparked backlash in the US with star American breaststroker Lilly King tweeting: “Sorry we aren’t so uptight we can’t cheer for our teammates as they walkout for events. See you in Paris.”
McKeown was also not impressed with Campbell’s comments.
Australia’s Kaylee McKeown won all three backstroke gold medals at the world championships. Credit: EPA
“The rivalry between Swimming Australia and the American team has been like that for decades, it is not anything new,” McKeown told News Corp.
“In saying that though, I think there is a right and wrong way to say things and Cate is entitled to her opinion but I just want the US to know that she is not speaking on behalf of the whole Australian team.
“She (Campbell) wasn’t in Japan and so for her to make those comments, it kind of makes us athletes, not look bad, but we don’t think what she said.
“We weren’t too impressed that she had her two cents to put in.”
Australia captured 13 gold, seven silver and five bronze medals in Fukuoka – the total of 25 is the nation’s record at a single world titles.
And the golden haul equals Australia’s best-ever return at the worlds, in 2005 and 2001 editions.
USA swimmers celebrate their ‘best team’ award after the world champs in Japan. Credit: Twitter
Swimming Australia’s head coach Rohan Taylor was bemused by the team award going to the most medals rather than most gold.
“The way the award is presented is on total medals, that’s the award,” Taylor said.
“We (Australia) have always looked at, and I was brought up by the Don Talbot era, that gold medals were the most important.
“So from our perspective, we were the best performed team on the gold medal count.
“And when you look at the website and you look at the medal tally, we sit on top of that.
“That is how I feel. But I’m not taking anything away from the US and they won the award based on the criteria that was there.”
– With AAP.
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