Australian swimming champion Emma McKeon won her 11e Gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games – making her the Games’ most successful athlete.
McKeon secured the record after winning the women’s 50m freestyle, edging out teammates Meg Harris (silver) and Shayna Jack (bronze) in another Australian clean sweep on the podium.
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On Monday morning (AEST), McKeon passed Australian greats Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones who are all tied with 10 gold medals each at the Commonwealth Games.
Her gold medal in the 50 meter freestyle accompanies that of the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay and that of the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay in Birmingham.
“It’s really nice to be mentioned next to some of these names and I will be a part of this story for years to come hopefully,” McKeon said.
“They are the ones who inspired me when I was young. I remember watching them on TV and it lit the fire in me to be where I am now.
” It is special. It makes me reflect on the last eight years since my first Commonwealth Games.
“I can see how far I’ve come as a person and an athlete.”
McKeon could add to his medal tally, also qualifying with the fastest time this morning for the 50-metre butterfly final.
Tonight, McKeon will compete in the eighth round of the women’s 100-meter freestyle which begins at 7:51 p.m.
In other record breaking news at the pools, Ariane Timus completed the fastest ever women’s 200m freestyle to anchor Australia’s relay team from Madi Wilson, Kiah Melverton and Mollie O’Callaghan so.
The foursome clocked a record time of seven minutes and 39.29 seconds to beat the time of 7:40.33 set by China at the Tokyo Olympics.
Australia are well and truly at the top of Birmingham 2022, with 52 medals after day three.
Australian athletes have won 22 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals, and are 11 gold medals ahead of the second-placed host country with 34 medals in total.
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