On Sunday, Australia’s Emma McKeon became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympic Games after completing the sprint double with victory in the 50m freestyle, winning another gold in the women’s 4×100 medley relay. She made history by helping Australia upset two-time defending champions the United States to soar to the women’s 4x100m relay gold medal Sunday
Emma McKeon won two more golds and became the first female swimmer — and second woman in any sport — to claim seven medals at one Olympics. Four of them were gold, the other three bronze.
She is the only other woman, in any sport, to win seven medals after Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, who claimed two golds and five silvers at the 1952 Helsinki Games.
“It still feels very surreal,” said McKeon, a 27-year-old from Brisbane. “It’s going to take a little bit to sink in. I’m very proud of myself.”
“I look at the athletes who have come before me and been so impressed with what they have done and been inspired by what they have done, but I’ve never really looked at the stats of medal counts,” McKeon said.
“It is an honour because I know I’ve worked so hard for it.”
In a close race, the Australian team of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell won the race and made a new Olympic record time of 3:51.60. The USA came second with the finishing time of 3:51.73 while Canada got the bronze by completing the race in 3:52.60.