Emma McKeon makes Olympic history as Australia wins more gold on record day in Tokyo

McKeon's exploits were part of a stunning Sunday that's seen Australia win four Olympic gold medals on one day for the first time ever.

Emma McKeon poses after winning the gold medal in the women's 50m freestyle final at the 2020 Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021

Emma McKeon poses after winning the gold medal in the women's 50m freestyle final at the 2020 Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021 Source: AP

Emma McKeon has become the joint-most decorated female Olympic athlete at a single Games after Australia's swimmers put triumphant final touches on a record-breaking campaign.

McKeon on Sunday won gold in the 50-metres freestyle and 4x100m medley relay with Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges and Cate Campbell.

The 27-year-old ends the Tokyo Games with seven medals.

Just one woman had previously won seven in any sport, at any Olympics: Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952.

McKeon's career total of 11 Olympic medals is now more than any other Australian, eclipsing the nine of Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones.

"I'm so proud of myself," McKeon said.

"And I wouldn't be able to do it without all the support behind me. It's an honour to do this and I know I've worked hard for it."

Australian swimmers captured nine golds in Tokyo, bettering the nation's previous record of eight at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

And with three silvers and eight bronze, the Tokyo haul of 20 swimming medals equals the nation's benchmark from the 2008 Beijing Games.

McKeon also becomes the first Australian to win four gold at a single Games.

And her three bronze add to her collection from the 2016 Rio Olympics of one gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Backstroker Kaylee McKeown, aged just 20, snared three gold medals after helping McKeon, Hodges and Campbell to a dramatic victory in Sunday's medley final.

After trailing the United States for the initial three laps, Campbell's stunning last freestyle leg delivered victory by just 0.13 seconds.

"All credit to the incredible job the Australians have done this week," Campbell said.

"I am so so proud to be a member of this team.

Meanwhile, Australian two-time world champion Logan Martin has dominated the men's BMX freestyle competition to win the gold medal.

The 27-year-old from Logan Reserve in Queensland was untouchable, posting the top scores throughout the men's runs as his sport made a riveting Olympics debut in Tokyo.

It is also Australian cycling's first Olympic gold medal since Anna Meares won the women's sprint at the London 2012 Games.

Martin was the only competitor to score more than 90 in Saturday's two seeding runs, confirming he was the man to beat.

Matt Wearn in the mens Laser on Sunday
Source: AP

Sailor Matt Wearn won Australia's fourth gold later on Sunday in the Laser, marking the first time ever Australia has won a quartet of Olympic gold medals on one day.

Wearn's dominance throughout 10 regular races meant he only needed to attempt to finish the final race on Sunday to win gold.

It is Australia's third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the one-man class, with the 25-year-old following in the footsteps of Tom Burton (Rio 2016) and Tom Slingsby (London 2012).


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Published 1 August 2021 at 12:00pm, updated 1 August 2021 at 4:21pm
Source: AAP - SBS