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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Australian Emma McKeon finished the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a gold medal in the 400 medley relay, her 4th gold of the Games and 7th medal overall. With 7 medals in Tokyo, McKeon distinguishes herself as just the second woman ever to win 7 medals of any color in a single Games.
Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya won 7 medals–2 golds and 5 silvers–at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Another female Olympian synonymous with Olympic gold is Larisa Latynina, a Soviet gymnast who, over the course of 3 Olympic Games (1956, 1960, & 1964), won 18 Olympic medals, 9 of which were gold.
McKeon contributed a 55.91 on the butterfly leg of the medley relay Sunday morning in Tokyo after winning gold in the 50 freestyle at the start of the session with a 23.81, a new Olympic Record. The Australian foursome of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, McKeon, and Cate Campbell broke the Olympic Record in their gold-medal effort in the 400 medley relay with a total time of 3:51.60, just 0.13 ahead of the American team.
McKeon is now the most decorated Australian Olympian ever with a total of 11 medals total between Tokyo and the 2016 Rio Games. Entering the session, McKeon was already tied with Aussie legends Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones for the most Olympic medals ever won by an Australian athlete with a career total of 9–she has now surpassed them by 2 medals.
American Caeleb Dressel is only other athlete of these Games so far to be on par with McKeon in the medal count, and will leave Tokyo with 5 medals, all of them gold–3 from individual events and 2 from relays. Dressel, however, took part in one event that did not earn a medal, the 4 x 100 Mixed Medley Relay. In this regard, McKeon’s record beats Dressel in that she not only netted more medals in Tokyo, despite leaving with on less gold than Dressel, but that she won a medal in every single event she competed in, a 7-for-7 medal-to-races record. In this regard Dressel comes up one medal short of McKeon, making his Games record 5-for-6.
Emma McKeon‘s Tokyo 2020 Medal Haul
- 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay – GOLD (3:29.69 WR)
- 100 Butterfly – BRONZE (55.72 OC)
- 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay – BRONZE (7:41.29 OC)
- 100 Freestyle – GOLD (51.96 OR)
- 4 x 100 Mixed Medley Relay – BRONZE (3:38.95)
- 50 Freestyle – GOLD (23.81 OR)
- 4 x 100 Medley Relay – GOLD (3:51.60 OR)
Some other records McKeon has broken or matched with her 7-medal haul in Tokyo are listed below.
Records That Emma McKeon Could Break At Tokyo 2020
- Most Career Olympic Medals Won By An Australian: 9 – Ian Thorpe, Leisel Jones
- Most Career Olympic Medals Won By An Australian Woman: 9 – Leisel Jones
- Most Career Olympic Gold Medals Won By An Australian: 5 – Ian Thorpe
- Most Career Olympic Gold Medals Won By An Australian Woman: 4 – Dawn Fraser, Libby Trickett, Betty Cuthbert*
- Most Olympic Medals Won By An Australian At A Single Games: 5 – Ian Thorpe (2000), Shane Gould (1972), Alicia Coutts (2012)
*Betty Cuthbert (athletics) is the only non-swimmer to currently hold any of these records
Athletes Tied For 2nd Most Olympic Medals Won At A Single Olympic Games (7)
- Mark Spitz (USA) – Swimming (1972)
- Matt Biondi (USA) – Swimming (1988)
- Willis A. Lee (USA) – Shooting (1920)
- Boris Shakhlin (Soviet Union) – Gymnastics (1960)
- Nikolay Andrianov (Soviet Union) – Gymnastics (1976)
- Lloyd Spooner (USA) – Shooting (1920)
- Maria Gorokhovskaya (Soviet Union) – Gymnastics (1952)
- Mikhail Voronin (Soviter Union) – Gymnastics (1968)