Emma McKeon Extends Her Status as Commonwealth Games’ All-Time Winner


With her victory in the 50 butterfly at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, 28-year-old Australian Emma McKeon has extended her lead as the most decorated Commonwealth Games gold medalist of all-time by winning 12 gold medals. 

Earlier in the week, we reported that McKeon tied fellow Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones for the most Commonwealth Games gold medals of all time with 10. Now, she has further extended that lead, claiming gold medals in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle to bring her grand total up to 12. 

Emma McKeon’s Commonwealth Games Gold Medals: 

  • 2014 – Women’s 200 m freestyle
  • 2014 – Women’s 4×100 m freestyle relay
  • 2014 – Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay
  • 2014 – Women’s 4×100 m medley relay
  • 2018 – Women’s 100 m butterfly
  • 2018 – Women’s 4×100 m freestyle relay
  • 2018 – Women’s 4×200 m freestyle relay
  • 2018 – Women’s 4×100 m medley relay
  • 2022 – Mixed 4×100 m freestyle relay
  • 2022 – Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay
  • 2022 – Women’s 50m Freestyle 
  • 2022 – Women’s 50m Butterfly

McKeon’s record-breaking 12th medal came via her victory in the women’s 50 butterfly, where she defeated 100 butterfly Champion Maggie MacNeil in a time of 25.90. 

In addition to her 12 gold medals, McKeon also owns 1 silver medal and 4 bronze medals from the Commonwealth Games. With 17 medals overall, McKeon narrowly stands behind fellow swimmer Chad Le Clos and shooters Phillip Adams and Mick Gault for the most medals of all time, regardless of color. Le Clos just joined Adams and Gault for that title with his 18th Commonwealth Games medal, earning silver in the men’s 200 butterfly. McKeon has the opportunity to tie all three athletes during tomorrow’s 100 freestyle final, where she is the heavy favorite to win the gold medal. 

McKeon’s achievement comes only a year after a historic 2021 Olympic Games that saw her earn 7 medals en route to becoming the most decorated Australian Olympian of all-time and becoming the most decorated female athlete at a single edition of the Olympic Games. 

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Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Emma has been closer to her best than I expected. Not sure why this result is being treated as a surprise in the finals thread. Emma was facing MacNeil, not Sjostrom.

Last edited 1 year ago by Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Because McKeon is more MacNeil than Sjostrom in the 50 fly.

1 year ago

She has now won in 4 different individual events, can she make it 5 in the 100 free?

Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

I feel that she can.

As an interesting aside, she is one of only four active swimmers to have won an Olympic medal in four different individual events. The others are Sjostrom, Ledecky and Hosszu. Not bad company to be in.

Reply to  Jamesjabc
1 year ago

Top company!!!! She was an athlete that was always very good, but never great & then boom.

Go Kamminga Go
Reply to  Jamesjabc
1 year ago

That’s elite

Personal Best
Reply to  Jamesjabc
1 year ago

That’s an interesting stat indeed, and a great achievement.

1 year ago

Even though her times aren’t quite as fast as Tokyo she is doing amazing for her first meet/taper for the year. Assuming she’s on the medley and mixed medley she could finish on 20 total!

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