Olympics: Australian swimmer McKeown wins gold in the 100m freestyle
Australian swimmer Emma McKeown met expectations, and won the gold in the 100m freestyle, Friday, at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo until August 8.
McKeown (27 years) achieved an Olympic record of 51.96 seconds in front of the surprise games Bernadette Hughey of Hong Kong (a difference of 0.31 seconds) and her compatriot Kate Campbell (a difference of 0.56 seconds).
Canada’s Benny Oleksiak, the defending champion, is fourth and the Swedish world record holder, returning from an elbow injury, is Sarah Sjostrom fifth.
McKeown led her country to the title of the relay four times in the 100m and to break the world record on Sunday, then won the bronze in the 100m butterfly and the bronze in the relay four times in the 200m.
She raised her tally to eight Olympic medals, including 3 gold.
On her way to her first individual Olympic title, Maicon set the fastest time this year (52.19 seconds) before her completion in Tokyo.
“I think I need some time to show my affection,” she said. “I know I’ve done well and been better prepared.”
And she continued, “I have not won any individual Olympic title before. You want to reach and touch the wall.”
While the Australians have been waiting for a singles title since Beijing 2008, they won four golds in Tokyo, with Ariarne Titmus and Kylie McKeon shining.
This race confirmed the brilliance of Hougie, who also won the silver in the 200m freestyle behind Titmus. Huge, who is based at the American University of Michigan, became the first female swimmer from Hong Kong to compete in the World Cup final in 2019.