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Qin, Mckeown awarded best swimmers of the year

BUDAPEST (XINHUA) – Chinese swimmer Qin Haiyang and Australian Kaylee McKeown were honoured as the Best Male and Female Swimmer of the Year 2023 at the premises of the future headquarters of World Aquatics in Budapest, Hungary, yesterday.

In a gala ceremony, World Aquatics, the international organisation representing aquatic sports, bestowed awards to the best swimmers of the year.

Qin Haiyang, a breaststroke specialist from China, dominated the men’s category, while Australian backstroke specialist Kaylee McKeown excelled among the women.

Both athletes achieved remarkable success, winning all three events (50, 100, and 200 metres) in all three World Cup legs, held recently in Berlin, Athens, and Budapest this weekend.

At the 2023 World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, Qin, 24, became the first swimmer in history to win all three breaststroke events at a single edition of the championships.

Kaylee McKeown and Qin Haiyang after winning the Best Swimmers of the Year 2023. PHOTO: XINHUA
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