Due to Australia’s coronavirus protocol for incoming travelers, the nation’s Olympic swimmers spent 14 days in quarantine after having produced their most successful swimming medal haul at an Olympic Games.
Now after having spent two weeks under lockdown in Howard Springs, Northern Territory, the Australian swimming Olympians are returning home to celebrate with family and friends.
Emma McKeon said, “To see my family is just unreal and being in quarantine for two weeks, it’s all you look forward to,” McKeown said. “It’s been a surreal experience.”
Among the multitude of achievements for Australia in the pool, 27-year-old McKeon became the first Australian ever to win four golds at a single Olympic Games. She took the 50m free and 100m free double and also snagged 400m free relay and 400m medley relay gold along with 100m fly bronze.
Zac Stubblety-Cook topped the men’s 200m breaststroke podium while Titmus thrilled in the 200m and 400m free events, taking the top prize in both. Backstroking ace Kaylee McKeown was also golden on two separate individual occasions, topping the 100m and 200m events of her signature discipline.
Below are some social media posts from the homecoming event.