Aussie gold girl Emma McKeon wins bronze in 100m butterfly as she continues to race for SEVEN medals at Tokyo Olympics
- Emma McKeon won bronze and finished third in the 100m butterfly final at the Olympics
- McKeon has pinned hopes of becoming the first Australian athlete to win seven medals
- The 27-year-old is currently number 1 in the world in the 50m and 100m freestyle
- McKeon won first gold in Tokyo on Sunday in the 4x100m freestyle relay
Australian swimmer Emma McKeon has won bronze after finishing third in the 100m butterfly final.
McKeon set a new personal best and an Australian record after swimming the race in 55.72 seconds.
She was behind second Chinese swimmer Yufei Zhang and first Canadian swimmer Margaret MacNeil.
McKeon has raised high hopes to become the first Australian athlete to win seven medals at an Olympics.
McKeon has raised high hopes to become the first Australian athlete to win seven medals at an Olympics
McKeon swam alongside teammates Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell and Meg Harris in Sunday’s 4x100m freestyle relay
She is currently the world number 1 in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
McKeon got off to a strong start in the 100m butterfly final, hovering around fourth in the first 50m before moving on to third in the last 50m.
She missed second place by 0.08 seconds from her opponent Zhang, who swam the race in 55.64 seconds.
McKeon said she was over the moon with the end result.
“I’m quite happy,” she said. “I’ll be on the Olympic podium, so you couldn’t be happier.”
The Australian superstar narrowly finished third behind American swimmer Torri Husk by 0.01 seconds after finishing fourth with 55.73 seconds.
“I just focused on my race,” McKeon said. “I could see the American girl on the other side behind me and I realized we were 0.01 from third and fourth to get my hand against the wall for her.”
The 27-year-old appeared to be on track with seven medals after taking gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday.
McKeon swam alongside teammates Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell and Meg Harris.
The powerhouse team set a new world record after finishing the swim in just 3:29.69 minutes.
It was a full three minutes ahead of second place Canada at 3:32.78 minutes and third place United States who finished third at 3:32.81 minutes.
McKeon also set a new record after competing in the 100m butterfly and swimming the race in just 55.82 seconds.
She was declared as fast as Chinese opponent Yufei Zhang and the race was declared a dead-heat.
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McKeon (right) was declared as fast as Chinese opponent Yufei Zhang (left) and the 100m butterfly was declared dead-heat