Our new Olympic legend: Emma McKeon wins her THIRD gold in Tokyo and becomes the first Australian to win an incredible 10 Olympic medals after claiming victory in the 50m freestyle
Emma McKeon’s brilliant form in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics has continued with a gold in the 50 metres freestyle, breaking her own Olympic record along the way.
It’s her third gold medal in Tokyo and becomes Australia’s most successful Olympian ever with 10 medals from two Games.
Going into the race as the raging hot favourite, McKeon, 27, stormed home to win in 23.81 seconds, 0.26 ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, while defending champion Pernille Blume claimed bronze.
Fellow Australian Cate Campbell finished seventh.
Emma McKeon has done it again with another gold medal after winning the 50 freestyle
It’s the third time in two days McKeon has broken the Olympic record after smashing the record in her heat and semi-final.
McKeon will go home with at least six medals and will likely claim a seventh later on Sunday in the women’s 4x 100metre medley relay.
If McKeon was a country, she would be 18th on overall medal tally.
Going into the 50m final, McKeon was equal with former swimming champions Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones as the most successful Olympians with nine medals.
She claimed Australia’s eighth gold medal in the pool in Tokyo.
Aussie golden girl Emma KcKeon (left) celebrates her 50m win with fellow Aussie Cate Campbell (right), who finished seventh
Australia remains fifth on the overall medal tally with 11 gold, three silver and 14 bronze.
On Saturday, McKeon provided an insight into how the all-conquering Aussie swimmers are inspiring one by showing off the team’s common room adorned with current squad achievements.
The likes of McKeon, who won the 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay, middle distance star Ariarne Titmus, dual gold medalist Kaylee McKeown and freestyle gun Kyle Chalmers all feature, as well as catch phrases to fire the team up such as ‘digging deep’, ‘Yeah the Girls’ and ‘it’s all about our team.’
More to come.