McKeon makes history with stunning 50m gold

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Australia's Emma McKeon won golden and again acceptable an Olympic grounds successful the 50m freestyle last astatine the Tokyo Olympics connected Sunday, portion Cate Campbell was seventh.

Having acceptable Olympic records successful some preliminary swims, McKeon clocked 23.81 to bushed Sweden's Sarah Sjoestroem (24.07). Denmark's Pernille Plume, the defending champion, was 3rd (24.21).

The triumph gave McKeon a 50-100 Olympic double. She joined Inge de Bruijn and Britta Steffen arsenic the lone pistillate swimmers to execute the feat, positive legends Matt Biondi and Alex Popov successful men's swimming. It was conscionable 1 mode successful which she rewrote the grounds books.

McKeon became Australia's astir decorated Olympian, successful presumption of full medals, surpassing chap swimming greats Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones. She present has 10 medals, including 4 gold. She present has 3 golden successful Tokyo, matching greats similar Murray Rose, Ian Thorpe, Shane Gould, Petria Thomas, Stephanie Rice and Betty Cuthbert with that haul astatine a azygous Games.

Australia present has 8 swimming golds successful the excavation successful Tokyo, matching its grounds people from Melbourne 1956. These person go the top overseas Olympics that Australian swimmers person ever delivered.


Emma McKeon of Team Australia reacts aft winning the golden medal and breaking the Olympic grounds successful the Womens 50m Freestyle. (Getty)

McKeon has won six medals successful Tokyo, which equals the grounds for astir medals won by a pistillate swimmer astatine a azygous Games; held by Germany's Kristin Otto and American Natalie Coughlin.

If she medals with the Australian 4x100m medley relay squad aboriginal connected Sunday, she volition clasp that grounds outright and adjacent the people for astir medals won astatine a azygous Olympics by immoderate pistillate athlete; seven, held by Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya (Helsinki 1952).

McKeon's 50m freestyle triumph was Australia's 11th golden medal of the Games.

McKeon besides won with the Australian women's 4x100m freestyle relay astatine this Olympics. She won 4 medals connected debut astatine Rio 2016, including the 4x100m gold.

Emma McKeon of Team Australia, Sarah Sjoestroem of Team Sweden, Katarzyna Wasick of Team Poland and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of Team Netherlands vie successful the Women's 50m Freestyle Final. (Getty)

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