Olympic history rewritten as Aussies win relay gold

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Australia won golden and acceptable an Olympic grounds successful the women's 4x100m medley relay last connected Sunday astatine the Tokyo Olympics, capping a record-breaking, legend-making Games for Emma McKeon and the Aussie team.

Australia - Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, McKeon and Cate Campbell - clocked 3:51.60 to bushed the USA (3:51.73) successful heart-stopping fashion. Canada was 3rd (3:52.60). Campbell swam an epic last freestyle limb and it capped different stunning time for McKeon, who had already won the 50m freestyle successful an Olympic grounds clip earlier swimming the butterfly leg.

It was McKeon's 4th golden medal of the Tokyo Olympics, a feat that has ne'er earlier been achieved by an Australian astatine a azygous Games. She surpassed greats similar Murray Rose, Ian Thorpe, Shane Gould, Petria Thomas, Stephanie Rice and Betty Cuthbert (all three).


Emma McKeon, Chelsea Hodges, Kaylee McKeown and Cate Campbell of Team Australia respond aft winning the golden medal and breaking the Olympic grounds for the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay. (Getty)

McKeon has 11 Olympic medals successful total, an Australian record. She matched Thorpe's Australian grounds of 5 Olympic swimming golden medals, the astir by an Aussie successful immoderate sport, and surpassed the 4 won by Dawn Fraser. It was a 3rd golden of the Games for backstroke prima McKeown and a 2nd for seasoned Campbell.

Australia has present won 9 golden medals successful the excavation astatine Tokyo. That makes it our top Olympic swimming haul, location oregon away, outdoing Melbourne 1956.

McKeon, 27 became the archetypal pistillate swimmer to triumph 7 medals astatine a azygous Olympics, breaking a necktie with Germany's Kristin Otto and American Natalie Coughlin. With No.7, she besides tied Soviet gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya (Helsinki 1952) for the astir medals astatine a azygous Games by immoderate pistillate athlete.

Cate Campbell of Team Australia reacts aft winning the golden medal and breaking the Olympic grounds for the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay. (Getty)

It shapes arsenic a fantastic vocation swansong for Campbell.

"I inactive conscionable can't judge that we conscionable did that, that is an unthinkable effort by everyone," she said.

Hodges swam a superb limb successful the breaststroke; the team's weakest nexus who utterly refused to break.

"These girls are amazing. I conscionable knew I needed to prime it up and I deliberation I did that today," she said connected excavation platform afterwards.

The women's 4x100m medley relay won Australia's 12th golden medal of the Tokyo Olympics. Australia's women person been unthinkable successful the pool.

Ariarne Titmus (200m, 400m freestyle) McKeon (50m, 100m freestyle), McKeown (100m, 200 backstroke), the women's 4x100m and 4x100m medley relays, positive Zac Stubblety-Cook successful the men's 200m breaststroke, are our champions.

Emma McKeon swims the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Getty)

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