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Commonwealth Games: Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown makes rude gesture at sister Taylor McKeown

Kaylee McKeown has given her sister Taylor the middle finger after winning silver in the 200m medley at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday morning. 

The Aussie superstar was backing up just 40 minutes after winning gold in the 200m backstroke and couldn’t quite reel in 15-year-old Canadian sensation Summer McIntosh in the gruelling event. 

It led to some gentle ribbing from Taylor, a fellow swimmer who is also competing in Birmingham.

In response to Taylor’s ‘try harder’ jibe, McKeown lightheartedly flipped her sister the bird in a moment that was captured on camera.  

Kaylee McKeown gives her sister Taylor the middle finger after taking out silver in the 200m individual medley on Tuesday morning

Kaylee McKeown gives her sister Taylor the middle finger after taking out silver in the 200m individual medley on Tuesday morning

Australian swimming stars Kaylee McKeown (right) with sister Taylor after arriving in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games

Australian swimming stars Kaylee McKeown (right) with sister Taylor after arriving in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games

Her silver in the 200m individual on Tuesday morning takes her medal haul to three, after winning gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

The 21-year-old still has two races to add to her collection, and has qualified fastest for Wednesday morning’s (AEST) 100m freestyle final that will also feature fellow Aussies Shayna Jack and Mollie O’Callaghan. 

She’ll also race in the 50m backstroke final at 4.50am AEST. 

Kaylee McKeown has an impressive medal collection and is still just 21 years of age

Kaylee McKeown has an impressive medal collection and is still just 21 years of age

McKeown’s mother Sharon appeared on Sunrise after her daughter’s big day in the pool alongside two men wearing sequined Aussie dresses and neon green wigs.

‘It is so nerve-wracking, but she is the one that gets in an does the hard work – we just have to sit on the sidelines and cheer for her,’ Sharon told Sunrise host Natalie Barr.

‘She gets very stressed. Very nervous. She does get nervous, but we try to help her chill out, but sometimes we just need to let her go and do her own thing.

‘Not many 21-year-old can say they have three gold medals from the Olympics and another two from the Commonwealth Games tonight. A silver as well. Still a few to go, so we will see how she goes.’

Kaylee McKeown (left) and sister Taylor in their official Australian uniforms ahead of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

Kaylee McKeown (left) and sister Taylor in their official Australian uniforms ahead of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

McKeown is no stranger to entertaining post-race celebrations. 

After her incredible triple gold medal haul at the Tokyo Olympics last year, she famously dropped the f-bomb in a live interview after winning the 100m backstroke.

The effervescent Queenslander was emotional after her father Sholto died less than a year before, and at the time received a bit of gentle ribbing from her mother for swearing on live TV in front of the entire nation.

Kaylee McKeown gives the ol' two finger bang-bang salute after winning gold in the 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics last year

Kaylee McKeown gives the ol’ two finger bang-bang salute after winning gold in the 200m backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics last year

McKeown gave her supporters a thumbs-up after winning the 100m backstroke at Tokyo

McKeown gave her supporters a thumbs-up after winning the 100m backstroke at Tokyo

McKeown's celebration after winning gold in the 100m backstroke after the Commonwealth Games on day three was a little calmer, waving to the crowd

McKeown’s celebration after winning gold in the 100m backstroke after the Commonwealth Games on day three was a little calmer, waving to the crowd

McKeown’s sister Taylor, who is six years older, took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce her retirement from swimming after first representing Australia in 2013.

She won gold in the 200m breaststroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and nabbed a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio alongside Emily Seebohm, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. 

It’s a swimming resume to be very proud of after suffering from a number of injuries during her career. 

(Left to right) Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell after winning silver in the 100m medley relay final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

(Left to right) Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell after winning silver in the 100m medley relay final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

‘My last Commonwealth Games and last swim, ever! What a way to wrap up my swimming career than competing in my 3rd Commonwealth Games … the Australian team has been epic to be a part of and has given me many lifelong memories,’ Taylor McKeown wrote in a retirement post on Instagram.

‘I’ve accomplished everything I’ve ever wanted to in my swimming career, and always took pride in my ability to train bloody hard and never give up. 

‘I’m so full of gratitude, happiness and excitement for what lies ahead. Thank you all. Time for me to sashay away,’ wrote McKeown. 

Kaylee McKeown celebrates after winning gold in the 100m backstroke on day three

Kaylee McKeown celebrates after winning gold in the 100m backstroke on day three

At just 21, Kaylee McKeown is nowhere near finished with her career in the pool. 

The superstar has her sights set on a jam-packed schedule at the Paris Olympics in two years time that will no doubt yield another bumper medal haul.




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