GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Taylor McKeown competes in the heats of the 200m Individual Medley event during the 2018 Australia Swimming National Trials at the Optus Aquatic Centre on March 2, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: Taylor McKeown competes in the heats of the 200m Individual Medley event during the 2018 Australia Swimming National Trials at the Optus Aquatic Centre on March 2, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) Bradley Kanaris

Taylor's title defence on the horizon

SWIMMING: Taylor McKeown admits she made a mistake in her race to a second Commonwealth Games appearance, however, it's one she's determined not to make again.

Although McKeown claimed victory in the 200m breaststroke final at the Australian Swimming Trials last month, she did so outside the automatic qualifying time.

She still made the team, but, reflecting on the race, McKeown knew exactly where she went wrong and what she'd need to fix in a bid to defend her golden crown on the international stage.

"I feel like the mistake I made was I guess not trusting my fitness enough so I think I left my run a little bit too late in that second 100m to try and backend as much as I did,” she told the Daily following the meet.

"I was out quite slow and I turned 6th in 100m (mark). But, I managed to pick it up in the second 100m, I just didn't pick it up enough to achieve the time I wanted.”

Fellow Coaster Tessa Wallace pushed her to the line in that meet and will also be in action today in the same event.

Having Wallace hunting her down was a challenge McKeown relished.

"When I'm that focused on my own race plan I just do my own thing and it was probably good to have Tessa close to me and it's good to see there's always someone pushing me no matter what and I hope that there continues to be a few close races in the future because that's what I'm going to get when I race internationally,” she said.

McKeown won gold in the 200m breaststroke on her debut at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in 2014.

She will dive into heat two in the event on Saturday in a bid to qualify for the final that night and defend her title.

Meanwhile, Wallace, who is in her third Commonwealth Games, will feature in the event's first heat of the day.

McKeown's heat will be held at 10.44am, while Wallace's will be held at 10.40am.

The final will be at 9.09pm.



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