The nation of Australia produced its best-ever Olympic team performances in the pool at this year’s Games in Tokyo, Japan. The squad scored 9 gold medals which surpassed its count from its previous most successful Games of Melbourne in 1956.
Among the multi-medalists were Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell whose gold and bronze medal-worthy performances in the women’s 100m free represented the first time Australia had had two medallists in the women’s event since the aforementioned Melbourne Games.
For Campbell, the result in Tokyo marked 13 years between individual bronze medals, with her prior third-place finish having come in the 50m free at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing when she was just 16 years of age.
As such, these Tokyo Olympics represented the Simon Cusack-trained athlete’s 4th Games appearance and Campbell is not counting Paris 2024 out.
“To be honest, I haven’t made any plans,” now-29-year-old Campbell told media this week while in 2-week quarantine upon returning to Australia from Japan.
“I’m just going to sit back and enjoy this moment for what it is.”
However, C1 did say, “I don’t feel like I’m completely done with the pool or done with the sport.”
“There’s no point in saying this is definitely the time to walk away, but I definitely need a little bit of a different stimulus for a while.”
C1 also took a break after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she didn’t compete for most of 2017, including opting out of that year’s World Championships.