Tokyo — Australia’s Emma McKeon may resign from Tokyo 2020 on Sunday as the first female swimmer to win seven medals in a single Olympic Games.
No Australian has won so many in a single match. In 1952 Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya is the only woman to achieve seven times in other sports.
McKeon is already on Sunday with five medals (two gold medals and three bronze medals) from Tokyo, comparable to the Australian record.
She won the fastest qualification in the 50m freestyle, but it seems likely that the subsequent women’s 4x100m medley relay will also win the medal.
Canada started the race in Lane 4, with Australia and defending champion USA on either side, both strong medal candidates.
On the men’s side, Caeleb Dressel’s dream of winning six gold medals from Tokyo is over because the United States failed to win a medal in the mixed medley relay, but he is still a high five as the fastest swimmer in the world. You have a chance to participate.
Dressel has two opportunities to add to his tally of three gold from these games.
He was the fastest in the men’s 50m freestyle final in 21.42 seconds and also had a 4x100m medley relay, but the United States only finished seventh without him.
The 100m Free Butterfly Champion likes to double the sprint, but the shortest distance, the one-length all-out slash to the wall, is always too close to call.
Florent Manaudou of France was a gold medalist at London 2012 and finished second in 2016. It was America’s closest rival, setting a time of 21.53 compared to Dressel’s 21.42.
Men’s 1,500 medals are hoped for by American Bobby Finke, who won the same podium as the first 800m, Gregorio Paltrinieri, the 2016 Italian Olympic champion, and Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine.
Another powerful story is the battle between the swimming superpowers Australia and the United States to conquer the medal table.
Team USA has so far won eight gold in the pool to seven in Australia.
“Yes, it’s a competition between the United States and Australia, it’s been around for a very long time. It’s two great powers,” said Dressel.
“When you think of swimming, you think of Australia (and) the United States. I know that both countries have the utmost respect for each other.
“It’s a clean rivalry and I enjoy it. It’s fun to compete with Australians.”
Italy passed the fastest qualifying round in the men’s medley relay, with 2016 runner-up Britain in second and Russia in third.
The UK has won four gold medals and a total of seven medals, making Tokyo the team’s most successful swimming competition since 1908, when no women participated.
Another gold medal is the best ever, and Duncan Scott will be the first British athlete in any sport to win four medals in a single match.
The British victory also handed over the breaststroke Adam Peaty and rested for the heat, with James Guy winning the game’s third gold medal.