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)
- Full aquatics schedule
- SwimSwam Event Previews
- Entry Lists
- Live Results
- Day 8 Finals Heat Sheet
Australia has long been one of the most successful swimming nations in the world but has gained a bit of a reputation for not performing well at the Olympic Games. The trend showed up at the last 2 editions of the Games when they came away with 10 medals, only one of which was gold, in 2012, and won only 10 again in 2016. After an electric Australian Olympic Trials in June and the perfectly timed breakout of young gun Kaylee McKeown and veteran Emma McKeon, Australia seemed ready to perform.
The Australians showed up in full force in Tokyo and arguably exceeded many people’s expectations. Over the 8 days of racing at the highest level of swimming, the team came away with a total of 20 medals which makes Tokyo 2020 their 2nd best performance at a single Olympic Games medal count-wise. One could argue, however, that it was slightly more impressive when they won 20 medals back in 2008 considering that there were 4 fewer events at the meet. The team earned a higher number of gold medals, however as they collected 9 golds in Tokyo compared to the 6 that they picked up back in 2008.
The women’s team outperformed the men in Tokyo as they collectively amassed 13 medals compared to the men’s 6.
Australian Swimming Medal – Tokyo 2020
- Gold: Zac Stubblety-Cook (200 breaststroke)
- Silver: Kyle Chalmers (100 freestyle)
- Silver: Jack McLoughlin (400 freestyle)
- Bronze: Brendon Smith (400 IM)
- Bronze: Men’s 4×100 freestyle
- Bronze: Men’s 4×200 freestyle
- Gold: Emma McKeon (50 freestyle)
- Gold: Emma McKeon (100 freestyle)
- Gold: Ariarne Titmus (200 freestyle)
- Gold: Ariarne Titmus (400 freestyle)
- Gold: Kaylee McKeown (100 backstroke)
- Gold: Kaylee McKeown (100 backstroke)
- Gold: Women’s 4×100 freestlye
- Gold: Women’s 4×100 medley
- Silver: Ariarne Titmus (800 freestyle)
- Bronze: Cate Campbell (100 freestyle)
- Bronze: Emily Seebohm (200 backstroke)
- Bronze: Emma McKeon (100 butterfly)
- Bronze: 4×200 freestyle
- Bronze: 4×100 medley
Emma McKeon was the star of the show for Australia as she reached the podium in all 3 of her individual events and contributed to 4 podium finishes in her 4 relay swims. In addition to the hardware she collected, she brought her career Olympic medal total to 11, becoming Australia’s most decorated Olympian in history. Ariarne Titmus was another major player for the country in Tokyo as she pulled off 2 gold medal swims in the 200 and 400 freestyle, defeating reigning champion Katie Ledecky in both. She added another 2 medals with her silver medal swim in the 800 free and contributed to the team’s 4×200 bronze.
Kaylee McKeown became the first Australian woman to win the 200 backstroke at an Olympic Games, hitting a 2:04.68 for gold. That was actually McKeown’s second gold of the medal, following her 100 backstroke victory in which she posted a 57.47 which is the second-fastest performance in the history of the event (to her own 57.45 world record). Veterans Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm proved their longevity at their 4th straight Olympic Games by winning respective bronze medals in the 100 freestyle and 200 backstrokes.
While their medal count was fewer than the women’s, the Australian men delivered some pivotal swims of their own. Zac Stubblety-Cook came in as a late addition to the absolute loaded 200 breaststroke field and managed to race his way to the top, hitting a 2:06.38 Olympic record for gold. Kyle Chalmers did his very best to repeat as 100 freestyle champion but couldn’t quite chase down Caeleb Dressel and settled for silver by just 0.06 seconds. Rounding out the individual medal haul for the men, Jack McLoughlin and Brendon Smith took 400 free silver and 400 IM bronze, respectively.
Oceania Day 5 Quick Hits
- Emma McKeon was the only individual medalist for Australia during the final night of racing. She hit a 23.81 to win gold in the 50 free while Cate Campbell hit a 24.36 for 7th place.
- The Australian women took gold in the women’s 4×100 medley relay to mark their 9th swimming gold medal of the Games while the men’s contingent placed 5th overall in the final.
Continental & National Records Through Day 5
- Lewis Clareburt set a new Oceania and New Zealand record of 4:09.49 during heat 3 of the men’s 400 IM prelims.
- Right after Clareburt’s swim Australian, Brendon Smith took the Oceanic record from Clareburt with a 4:09.27 in heat 4. That left Clareburt with the New Zealand record and gave Smith the Australian and Oceanic marks.
- Emma McKeon swam her way to a 55.82 Australian, Oceanic, and Commonwealth record during the prelims of the event. She then lowered the Australian and Oceanian records to a 55.72 during the final which was good enough for bronze.
- During the final race of the night, the Australian women become the first-ever nation to get under 3:30 in the 4×100 free with their world record-breaking 3:29.69.
- Ariarne Titmus secured a new Australian, Oceanian, and Commonwealth record during the women’s 400 freestyle with her 3:56.69 for gold.
- Kaylee McKeown hit a 57.88 Olympic record during the women’s 100 backstroke prelims which was broken by Regan Smith 1 heat earlier (57.96) who took it from Kylie Masse 1 heat earlier (58.17). The record was previously held by Emily Seebohm at a 58.23 from 2012. Regan Smith took the record back with a 57.68 during semi-finals until McKeown brought it down to a 57.47 (just 0.02 off her own world record) in the final.
- Ariarne Titmus‘ 1:53.50 gold medal time in the women’s 200 freestyle was a new Olympic record, improving upon Allison Schmitt‘s 1:53.61 from 2012. She got within half a second of her own Australian record in the event of 1:53.09.
- McKeon clocked 52.11 for a new Olympic Record in the women’s 100 free prelims.
- Zac Stubblety-Cook lowered the Olympic Record in the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:06.38.
- The team of Titmus, McKeon, Madi Wilson, and Leah Neale set a new Commonwealth, Oceanian and Australian Record in the 800 free relay in 7:41.29.
- En route to Olympic gold Emma McKeon set a new Olympic, Commonwealth, and Oceanian, and Australian 100 freestyle record of 51.96.
- Emma McKeon broke the Olympic record twice in 50 freestyle. She first hit a 24.02 in the prelims which she followed with a 24.00 for first place in the semis. She will have 1 more shot at getting under 24 seconds and she vies for gold.
- As previously mentioned, McKeon also became the 4th Australian in history to win 5 medals at a single Olympics when she and her fellow Aussies took bronze in the 4×100 mixed medley relay. She could break the record and bring it to 7 if she makes it onto the podium in the 50 free and women’s 4×100 medley on the final day of the meet. In terms of career Olympic medals, her 4 from Rio and 5 in Tokyo bring her to 9 medals total to tie Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones as most decorated Australian Olympian.
- Ariarne Titmus‘ silver medal swim in the 800 freestyle marked a new Oceanian, Commonwealth, and Australian record of 8:13.83 to improve upon her former mark of 8:15.57.
- Emma McKeon‘s 23.81 to win the women’s 100 freestyle marked a new Olympic record, improving upon her 24.00 swim from semi-finals.
- McKeon got a second Olympic record in one session as she, Kaylee McKeown, Cate Campbell, and Chelsea Hodges produced a 3:51.60 in the 4×100 medley to get under the USA’s 3:52.05 mark in 2012.
Medals Table for Oceania Through Day 5