Gold, Olympic record for jubilant Emma McKeon

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Australia's aureate girls person continued to predominate the excavation successful Tokyo, with Emma McKeon winning the 100m freestyle successful an Olympic grounds time, portion seasoned Cate Campbell clinched bronze successful her 4th Olympic campaign.

McKeon led from commencement to decorativeness to triumph her 2nd golden medal of the Games, flashing a jubilant grin aft touching the partition first.

McKeon was excessively blistery for the field, mounting an Olympic grounds with her aquatics of 51.96 up of metallic medallist, Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey successful 52.27 and Campbell successful 52.52.

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McKeon's vigor aquatics was the fastest clip successful the satellite this twelvemonth and she backed it up successful the final, starring from the opening to bushed each comers and ne'er looked successful doubt, contempt Haughey and Campbell putting the unit connected late.

McKeon and Campbell embraced astatine the extremity of the contention arsenic they looked up to the results board, with bronze medal victor Campbell picked up by the TV sum saying "I'm truthful arrogant of you".

The Australians present person won 4 idiosyncratic women's events astatine the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, successful summation to mounting a satellite grounds successful a 4x100 escaped relay that included some McKeon and Campbell.

Emma McKeon of Team Australia (R) is congratulated by Cate Campbell of Team Australia aft winning a golden medal and breaking the athletics grounds successful the Women's 100m Freestyle Final connected time 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games astatine Tokyo Aquatics Centre connected July 30, 2021 successful Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) (Getty)

"Honestly, it doesn't consciousness real. I tin conscionable consciousness similar my emotions bubbling up now," McKeon said aft the race.

"I consciousness similar this week's been a spot of an affectional roller-coaster conscionable getting up for your races and trying to unbend again.

"My emotions are a spot each implicit the spot close now. I cognize each of my household backmost location are watching and I felt them with maine successful my race.

"I cognize each the enactment they've fixed maine implicit each the years of maine swimming. They're portion of it all. Mostly my coach.

"He's conscionable enactment truthful overmuch hard enactment successful and I honestly wouldn't beryllium present without him. So much, idiosyncratic things, swimming, I wouldn't beryllium present without him."

Emma McKeon of Team Australia (L) is congratulated by Cate Campbell (Getty)

Campbell broke down aft the race, paying tribute to her teammate portion thanking her household for their enactment successful what she described arsenic a "long journey."

"This is my 4th Olympics, but this is lone my 2nd idiosyncratic medal," Campbell said.

"It honestly means the satellite to me. I'm truthful blessed for Emma. Seeing her get up and I'm truthful gladsome that there's going to beryllium an Australian nationalist anthem echoing done this stadium.

"And I'm truthful gladsome that I get to beryllium connected the podium and stock that infinitesimal with her.

Bronze medalist Cate Campbell (L) and Gold medalist Emma McKeon of Team Australia airs aft the medal ceremonial for the Women's 100m Freestyle Final connected time 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games astatine Tokyo Aquatics Centre connected July 30, 2021 successful Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) (Getty)

"I'm truly blessed and my emotions are going to commencement to get the amended of me. But it's been a truly agelong travel to get here. And I'm incredibly arrogant of that performance.

"These aren't bittersweet tears astatine all. I'm truthful thrilled and I conscionable privation to convey everyone who stood down maine and got maine to this point. Because I couldn't person done it without them."

The triumph secured the Wollongong native's 4th medal successful Tokyo and the 27-year-old is connected way to triumph 7 medals astatine this meet, which would adjacent the astir medals won by a pistillate astatine an Olympics since 1952.

Only 3 three different Australians had won the women's 100m freestyle successful Olympics past – Fanny Durack (1912), Dawn Fraser (1956, 1960 and 1964) and Jodie Henry (2004).

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