Aussie Emma McKeon on cusp of golden Video games report

Australia’s swim ace Emma McKeon is on the cusp of turning into probably the most profitable athlete in Commonwealth Video games historical past.

McKeon gained her tenth profession Commonwealth gold medal when a part of Australia’s victorious 4x100m freestyle relay staff in Birmingham on Saturday evening.

She joins fellow Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones with 10 profession Commonwealth golds.

No athlete has gained extra.

“It’s particular – they’re folks that I regarded as much as rising up and the Commonwealth Video games has a lot historical past in Australia,” McKeon mentioned.

“They’re those that impressed me and loads of the opposite ladies and guys on the staff to do what we’re doing now.

“To be part of that historical past hopefully for the longer term generations coming by is fairly particular.

“I do know what I felt like rising up and watching these individuals and hopefully I can encourage individuals as nicely.” 

McKeon’s feat got here after Australian para-swimmer Katja Dedekind set a world report in successful the ladies’s 50m freestyle S13 gold medal on Saturday evening.

“That’s icing on the cake,” Dedekind mentioned of the contemporary benchmark.

Dedekind, who’s blind in her proper eye and has restricted imaginative and prescient in her left, clocked 26.56 seconds to raised the 26.67 set by Italian Carlotta Gilli in 2018.

And Australia’s males’s 4x100m freestyle relay staff – Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti, William Yang and Kyle Chalmers – additionally gained gold.

McKeon additionally pocketed a silver medal within the girls’s 100m butterfly and Brendon Smith took silver within the males’s 400m particular person medley.

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And 6 Australians gained bronze medals on Saturday evening – Chelsea Hodges (girls’s 50m breaststroke), Elijah Winnington (males’s 200m freestyle), Bradley Woodward (males’s 100m backstroke), Brianna Throssell (girls’s 100m butterfly), Jacob Templeton (males’s 50m freestyle S13) and Kirralee Hayes (girls’s 50m freestyle S13).

The Australian swim staff has a set of six gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze medals on the Birmingham pool.

An evening after successful the 400m freestyle last, Winnington was wedged between England’s Olympic champion Tom Dean and Scotland’s Olympic silver medallist Duncan Scot.

Scot gained the gold this time as Winnington rated his bronze swim “in some respects” higher than his 400m race.

“Tom and Duncan are first and second on the Olympic Video games, you may’t get two higher freestylers on the earth not to mention the Commonwealth, so I used to be in nice firm,” Winnington mentioned.

Three Australians had been quickest within the girls’s 50m freestyle semi-finals with Shayna Jack adopted by Meg Harris and McKeon.

And Australian trio Zac Stubblety-Prepare dinner, Sam Williamson and Josh Yong all superior into the boys’s 100m breaststroke last.

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