Olympics: Emma McKeon Ties Female Olympic Record With Seven Medals In Tokyo

emma mckeon, olympics, Aug 1, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Emma McKeon (AUS) with her gold medal during the medals ceremony for the women's 50m freestyle during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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Olympics: Emma McKeon Ties Female Olympic Record With Seven Medals In Tokyo

Behind a pair of gold medals on the final day of competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Australia’s Emma McKeon tied an Olympic record for the most medals won by a female athlete at a single Games. McKeon raised her medal total to seven, four gold and three bronze, and equaled the record set at the 1952 Games in Helsinki by Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya. McKeon’s final two medals were both gold, thanks to victories in the 50-meter freestyle and 400 medley relay.

In addition to tying the record of Gorokhovskaya, McKeon became only the fourth swimmer to win seven medals at a single Games. Previously, only men had achieved the feat. Michael Phelps won eight medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games while Mark Spitz (1972) and Matt Biondi (1988) won seven each in Munich and Seoul, respectively.

McKeon now has 11 career Olympic medals. She won four at the Rio Games in 2016. Her overall breakdown is: Five gold; Two silver; Four bronze. When the week started, McKeon was certainly positioned for a big-time performance, and she came through as Australia impressed throughout the meet. Here is a breakdown of McKeon’s medals.

Gold: 400 Freestyle Relay
Bronze: 100 Butterfly
Bronze: 800 Freestyle Relay
Gold: 100 Freestyle
Bronze: 400 Mixed Medley Relay
Gold: 50 Freestyle
Gold: 400 Medley Relay

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