Australian Emma McKeon wins GOLD and Cate Campbell bronze in the 100m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics
Emma McKeon has cemented herself as the sprint queen of swimming after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics ahead of her great friend Cate Campbell.
The 27-year-old recovered from the disappointment of the women’s 4x200m relay on Thursday and battled teammate Campbell and Hong Kong’s rising star Siobhan Haughey to win her second gold medal of the Games.
Leading the race from start to finish, McKeon broke another Olympic record after setting the fastest time ever during her heat.
“I can’t believe it, it doesn’t feel real. I can feel my emotions bubbling up now,” McKeon said after the race.
“It’s been a rollercoast this week, my emotions are all over the place and I know my family is back home watching. I felt them with me during the race and they are all part of it.”
She now holds two gold and two bronze medals in Tokyo, earning her eight Olympic medals in her career, one below Ian Thorpe’s Australian record.
The sprint queen has three events to go as she looks set to become the most decorated Olympian in the country’s history.
Only Thorpe, Shane Gould and Alicia Coutts have won five medals at one Olympics.
McKeon finished ahead of three-time Olympic veteran Campbell who claimed bronze, the seventh Olympic medal of her career.
The pair previously won gold together in the women’s 4x100m freestyle, an event that Australia dominated by winning Olympic gold three times in a row.
Emma McKeon has cemented herself as the sprint queen of swimming after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics ahead of her close friend Cate Campbell
The 27-year-old recovered from the disappointment of the women’s 4x200m relay on Thursday and battled teammate Campbell to win her second gold medal of the Games.
Australia was stunned in the final of the women’s 4x200m freestyle, with China and the US chasing the strong favorites and the country’s Golden Girls
Ariarne Titmus, two-time Olympic gold medalist, has admitted she is ‘absolutely insane’ after Australia’s Golden Girl has one last medal
The win comes after their teammate and co-star Aussie swimmer Ariarne Titmus revealed she is “absolutely insane” as the Australian Golden Girl has one last run at a medal.
Titmus, who has become the star of the Tokyo Games, admitted that she feels the emotional and physical strain of her first games and carries with her the hopes of a nation.
“Today is a big day. I had an hour and a half in my room today. I’m totally confused,” Titmus told Channel 7.
“Honestly, I’m exhausted. I keep thinking about Beijing, it was the same as this morning’s heats. Phelps won eight golds. I’ve done two and I’m wrecked.
“It puts into perspective for me how great he was. I’m going to rest as much as possible and get ready for my last race at the Olympics.”
The 20-year-old Tasmanian, who won golds in the women’s 200m and 400m freestyle over American superstar Katie Ledecky, paid tribute to her arch-rival who kept her going.
“I love racing with Katie. It’s nice to be on my own a bit. It’s really good this week. We get on well,’ said Titmus.
“We really enjoyed racing each other. I mean, we don’t get it done very often. It’s so much fun for us to be able to race. So I’m looking forward to two days.’
Titmus swam first in Australia’s 4x200m relay on Thursday, followed by McKeon who were the red hot favorites for the event but instead finished third in a lineup that left legends Ian Thorpe and Giaan Rooney confused.
Titmus, who has become the star of the Tokyo Games, admitted that she feels the emotional and physical strain of her first games and carries with her the hopes of a nation
Ariarne Titmus led the race confusingly, followed by sprint queen Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson and Leah Neal – none of whom could be seen in the heat
Just before the race, the Aussie swimming Thorpe said he was confused with the team’s lineup when Titmus stepped up to the blocks.
“I’m a little curious about the order in which they swim,” said the nine-time Olympic medalist.
Former Olympic gold medalist Giaan Rooney echoed his sentiment, saying it was a ‘big miss’ to have O’Callaghan off the team.
“I’m not sure but I think the idea was that both Titmus and McKeon would swim up front quickly but ‘comfortably’ (they both have individual events left) and to have enough lead after Wilson for Neale to anchor – biggest miss was Mollie O – 1.55.10 in the heat,” she tweeted after the race.
“I’d like to know the thought process behind it.”