Australian McKeon wins record 7th medal in relay gold


Tokyo-Australia’s Emma McKeon won the gold medal in the women’s 4×100 medley relay, won the 50m freestyle and completed the sprint double, and then won seven medals in one Sunday Olympics. Became the first female swimmer.

Caleb Dressel of the United States confirmed his superiority in men’s sprint swimming, winning the 100m gold medal in the men’s 50m freestyle, and Team USA winning the men’s medley relay, winning the fifth medal in the tournament. ..

When Robert Finke doubled the distance, there was more gold joy for the United States and spawned another slow push to win the 1,500m to add to his 800m gold. ..

McKeon swam the butterfly legs as part of Australia’s “great foursome” at the medley relay, and Cate Campbell’s stunning final leg pushed the United States to the silver medal.

As a result, McKeon has joined Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi as the only swimmers to win seven medals in the game. Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya is the only woman to win seven other sports in 1952.

McKeon outprinted the field in 50m freestyle, Sweden’s Sarah Sjoström won silver, Rio 50m champion Danish Pernil Bloom won bronze, and soon returned to the pool for a medley relay. rice field.

The Australians were second until the last turn when Campbell left Abbey Weitzer and won the country’s ninth gold medal at the pool in Tokyo. Eight of them are from the women’s team.

Caeleb Dressel
Caeleb Dressel of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the men’s 50-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. (Jae C. Hong / AP Photo)

Dressel, the 100m free butterfly champion, won the gold medal in London and completed the sprint double 0.48 seconds ahead of Rio’s silver medalist Florent Manaudou in France. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus won the bronze medal.

A 24-year-old Floridian, Dressel led head-on with another display of speed and power.

He created the decisive butterfly leg with a victory at the US Medley Relay and founded Zach Apple, who returned home to first touch with a freestyle anchor leg, ahead of James Guy in the United Kingdom.

Britain won the silver medal to secure the most successful game in the pool, Italy won the bronze medal.

Finke repeated his success in the 800m and made another perfect late sprint to win his second gold medal. His last 50 meters were almost two seconds faster than the German Florian Wellbrock on the final turn.

Wellbrock widened the lead at the 300 mark and held it to the final length, after which Finke soared astoundingly for Ukrainian Michael Romanchuk to win silver and German bronze. Achieved.

“I was pretty tired, but then I realized that everyone else in the field felt as confident in their ability to go home,” Finke said. rice field.

“I didn’t really expect to win two gold medals, such as winning medals, so I’ll do my best to handle things.”

Simon Evans