TOYKO (AP) – Emma McKeon (AP; pic below) won two more gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, making the Australian the first woman to earn seven medals in swimming at a single games.
She set an Olympic record to win the 50-metre freestyle in 23.81 seconds, completing the sprint double after her victory in the 100.
Thirty minutes later, McKeon dived back in the pool to win again, this time as part of Australia’s 4×100 medley relay. They trailed the Americans after her butterfly leg, but anchor Cate Campbell sprinted past Abbey Weitzeil to clinch the victory with an Olympic-record time.
“I feel like it has been a bit of a roller coaster getting a gold medal and trying to keep the emotions at bay,” McKeon said. “It will take a while to sink in because I’ve been focussing on myself to keep my cool.”
McKeon leaves Tokyo with four golds and three bronze, tying the record for most medals won by a woman at a single games set by Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952 in Helsinki.
“I’ve never really looked at the stats of medal counts,” she said. “It is an honour because I know I’ve worked so hard for it.”