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Nine down, one to go as McKeon's in striking distance of Australian Olympic history

Emma McKeon in the 100m butterfly heats (Photo by Getty Images)
31st July, 2021

Emma McKeon is one swim away from winning more Olympic swim medals than any other Australian after joining legends Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones on nine.

History was created in the pool as Australia took bronze in the first ever mixed 4x100m relay final. An absolutely barnstorming freestyle run from McKeon pulled the Aussies onto the podium and gave her a historic ninth swimming medal – moving her into equal first with Thorpe and Jones.

She has a chance to claim a record tenth medal in tomorrow’s 50m freestyle final.

“That’s a pretty cool group to be part of,” said McKeon. “I don’t really look at those stats but I’m honoured to be up there with them.”

Emma McKeon’s Olympic medals


Gold – 4x100m freestyle relay, Rio 2016
Gold – 100m freestyle, Tokyo 2020
Gold – 4x100m freestyle, Tokyo 2020
Silver – 4x200m freestyle relay, Rio 2016
Silver – 4x100m medley relay, Rio 2016
Bronze – 200m freestyle, Rio 2016
Bronze – 100m butterfly, Tokyo 2020
Bronze – 4x200m freestyle, Tokyo 2020
Bronze – 4x100m mixed medley relay, Tokyo 2020