2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The women’s 100m freestyle final here in Tokyo brought the heat, as well as an Olympic Record, courtesy of Australia’s Emma McKeon.
The 27-year-old Griffith University athlete busted out the fastest time of her storied career, crushing a monster 51.96. This marks her first time ever under the 52-second threshold, overtaking the Aussie Record of 52.03 teammate Cate Campbell produced in 2018. It also surpassed the previous Olympic Record of 52.13 McKeon set herself in the semi-finals.
McKeon owned the race from beginning to end, opening in 25.08 and bringing it home in 26.88. That was enough to hold off Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey who charged to the wall in 52.27 for silver while Campbell snagged bronze in 52.52.
Entering these Olympics, McKeon’s lifetime best rested at the 52.29 she logged at this year’s Sydney Open. She dropped that down to the aforementioned 52.13 before firing off this final’s 51.96.
The Aussie now represents the 2nd fastest woman ever in this 100m free event, sitting only behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and her World Record mark of 51.71 from the 2017 FINA World Championships. Sjostrom was in this race as well, posting a time of 52.68 for 5th place after having broken her elbow earlier this year.
McKeon already grabbed bronze on the 100m butterfly individual event here in Tokyo as well as gold on the Aussie women’s 4x100m free relay and bronze on the 4x200m free relay.
On a career level, McKeon’s 100m free gold here represents her 8th Olympic medal but 1st individual gold. At the 2016 Olympic Games, she collected bronze in the 200m free, an event she opted out of here. She’ll be back in the 50m free later in the week.