2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
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- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
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The nation of Australia has continued its medal-winning ways through day 7 here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. All told, Australia has collected its most gold medals (8) thus far since the 1956 Games in Melbourne. And, there is still one more session to transpire.
The momentum continued yesterday in the women’s 200m backstroke where a pair of Aussies landed on the podium together. Kaylee McKeown roared to the wall first in a time of 2:04.68 to grab the gold, while veteran Emily Seebohm nabbed the bronze in 2:06.17. In between with the silver was Kylie Masse of Canada, producing a mark of 2:05.42.
For McKeown, Tokyo represents the Chris Mooney-trained swimmer’s Olympic debut while for the other, Emily Seebohm, Tokyo is the icon’s fourth Olympic appearance. However, the experience time span has only served to bring the pair of athletes closer together.
20-year-old McKeown has looked up Seebohm for years, with the pair sharing a past photo on social media of a young McKeown and already national teamer Seebohm.
And the camaraderie between the pair carried onto the podium itself here in Tokyo, where Seebohm was the person who actually wound up placing the gold medal around McKeown’s neck.
On Instagram, Seebohm said of the unique event, “I asked Kaylee before the medal ceremony if I could present her the gold medal, she has been an absolute legend not just this meet but for years. I’ve watched her as a junior to being in her race when she breaks world records.
“Kaylee you are truly the most amazing humble beautiful person and giving you your medal and sharing the podium with you goes down in history as one of my favourite moments in swimming!”
After winning her 200m back gold medal, which marked her second along with taking the 100m backstroke, McKeown told SportingNews.
“We’ve all got each other’s backs. The Aussies just back one another. I’ve said it before, it’s an amazing team.
“We’re not like the Americans who make a big deal of it, but we do definitely tap each other on the back and we’re all really proud of one another.”
As far as the special moment, McKeown said,
“Em’s been around for a really long time, four Olympics, it’s not something many people get to do,” McKeown said.
“For her to come to her last Olympics and get third on that podium, I thought why not, she gets to stand on this with me, so why not bring her up to first where she also belongs.
“I found that (medal presentation) so special, it’s a real testament to who she is as a person and as an athlete as well. It was quite emotional.” (Sporting News)