Tokyo Olympics: Inside the Australian swimming team’s Olympic village festival after best ever result
At the Australian swim team’s Olympic village party, as Kaylee McKeown reveals why she’s tired after a night of partying
- Australian swimmers partied in athletes’ village after best ever Olympics
- Will come home this week with nine golds, three silvers and eight bronzes
- A tired Kaylee McKeown kept tight-lipped about Sunday night’s celebrations
- Emma McKeon’s family also celebrated her becoming the most successful Olympian
There are some blurry eyes in the Olympic village after the Australian record-breaking swim team celebrated its best ever Games late into the night.
Australia has won nine golds, three silvers and eight bronzes in the pool thanks to an incredible performance from its female stars.
Three-time gold medalist Kaylee McKeown looked a little worse from wear and tear as she took in the glory in interviews Monday morning.
The hazy backstroke and medley relay racer tried to keep quiet about the celebrations, but hinted that her teammates had a well-deserved bond.
Australian swimmers come home with record medals. Pictured are Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Holdges, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell after winning the medley relay
“I’m not sure if I should say what we’re up to, I’ve been behaving nicely and I’m a little tired this morning, but I’m alive and I’m here,” McKeown told Sunrise.
Sunrise host David Koch did his best to get McKeown to release more details, disbelieving previous claims by double gold medalist Ariarne Titmus and her ebullient coach Dean Boxall that they were going to bed early Sunday night.
‘It’s OK. Ariarne also told a porky I think, she said she went to bed early, and Dean Boxall said he was in his pajamas,’ he tried to reassure her.
“None of us believe you, but we don’t care. It’s okay, you deserve to celebrate.’
McKeown laughed at Koch’s attempts to make her dish juicier over the athletes’ village feasts.
“Arnie’s not lying, we partied early and I know I was in bed at 10pm, which is still late, well past my 8:30am bedtime,” she said.
Mack Horton shared a snippet of the celebrations on social media, which shows the close-knit Australian swimmers and coaches standing in a large group as they chant ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi’.
Arch-rivals the US take home 11 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals in the group.
Three-time gold medalist Kaylee McKeown (pictured) was tired after a night of partying
A strong Australian contingent sat in the stands for the last day of swimming in Tokyo
The Australian swimmers will be coming home in the coming days and will be in hotel quarantine for two weeks.
Swimming superstar Emma McKeon became Australia’s most successful Olympic athlete with 11 medals from two Games.
She won seven medals in Tokyo, equaling the most of any female athlete at one Olympics with Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya.
Two of McKeon’s four gold medals were won within half an hour on Sunday.
Her proud parents Ron and Susie and brother David, all former Australian swimmers, admitted to having a quiet lockdown celebration at their home in Port Kembla south of Sydney on Sunday night.
“We had a few quiet ones,” Mr. McKeon, a double Olympian, told the Today show the next morning.
Emma McKeon (pictured) comes home with seven medals in Tokyo, including three gold
The family is looking forward to throwing a big party for Emma once Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.
“It’s really worth celebrating,” Mother Susie said.
“It would be nice to get all her friends and family for a big party, but that might have to wait a little longer because we’re in Wollongong.
“She is definitely looking forward to going back to Australia and she will be quarantined for those two weeks first.
“That will probably bring her back to Earth and give her time to think about what she’s accomplished because I think it’s all a bit unreal to her right now.
“It will take a while for it to settle.”
AUSTRALIA’S POOL PERFORMANCE AT TOKYO OLYMPICS
* Nine gold medals, three silver and eight bronze
* Previous gold benchmark: Melbourne, 1956: eight gold coins
* Benchmark by medals: 20 – Beijing, 2008 (six gold, six silver, eight bronze), Tokyo 2021
* Emma McKeon’s seven medals equal most female athletes at one Olympics with Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya (1952)
* McKeon becomes first Australian to win four golds in one Olympics
* McKeon’s 11 career medals an Australian record, better than the nine of Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones
* Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm win medals at fourth Olympics in a row
* Gold medal winners
Emma McKeon (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley)
Kaylee McKeown (100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 4×100 medley)
Ariarne Titmus (200m freestyle, 400m freestyle)
Zac Stubblety-Cook (200m breaststroke)
Women’s 4x100m freestyle (McKeon, Meg Harris, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell)
Women’s 4×100 medley: (McKeown, McKeon, Chelsea Hodges, Cate Campbell)