Emma McKeon made history at Tokyo 2020, becoming the first Australian to win 10 Olympic medals after victory in the women’s 50-metre freestyle. She then went and broke that record again. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.
It’s what she’s done this entire Olympics. Set a record, then break it again.
She broke the Olympic Record in her heat, then her semi-final, and then again in the final. Her six Olympic medals at Tokyo 2020 was second all-time of cumulative medals at a single Olympics for a woman, behind Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya who did so in 1952.
She then matched the record with the women’s medley relay. Seven medals at the one Olympics. Four of them gold. Three bronze.
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McKeon qualified fastest in lane four and – as we have come to expect of her – got out of the blocks the fastest in the final.
On her left was the world record holder from Sweden Sarah Sjöström who was right up with her, while Australian flag bearer Cate Campbell got out well in lane seven.
At the halfway point, McKeon had the lead by a head, but Sjöström was coming.
The Australian juggernaut would reply in the final 25 metres, hitting a top speed no other swimmer in the field could match and extending her final stroke to the wall.
She took out her second individual gold of Tokyo 2020 in Olympic Record time, which was her third Olympic Record of the meet.
She then went and broke another one with our superstar relay team. She couldn’t be interviewed after the event, because she was once again headed to the top step of the dais.
It has been one of the all-time Olympic performances from Australian superstar Emma McKeon at Tokyo 2020.
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