2020 Tokyo Olympics: Meet Emma McKeon, Who is Set to Be Most Decorated Olympian of This Year’s Games

by Samantha Whidden

Team Australia swimmer Emma McKeon is set to be the most decorated athlete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Australian won the gold medal in the Women’s 50M freestyle on Sunday before winning the gold medal in the Women’s 4x100M medley relay. According to SkyNews, the two gold medals take her 2020 Tokyo Olympics tally to seven after winning medals in every event she has entered. She won the 50M freestyle with a time of 23.81, which is now an Olympic record. McKeon’s Olympics tallies are 4 gold medals and 3 bronze medals. 

Team Australia also reveals that McKeon’s new gold medals have also given her a total of 11 medals in Olympic history. Prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, McKeon took home one gold, two silver, and one bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Along with the Olympics in 2020 and 2016, McKeon has won 8 gold and 4 bronze medals at Australia’s Commonwealth Games; 4 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals at the Pan Pacific Championships; 1 bronze in World Championships – short course; and 3 gold, 10 silver, and 4 bronze in the World Championships – Long course. 

McKeon Talks Winning Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Speaking about her win at the 50M freestyle during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, McKeon admits that she never thought she would win that race.

“I had trained for the 200M instead,” she explained. Which was the only event that she cut from her program for manageable purposes. “But when I went out there this morning, I had the belief I could win.”

Speaking about her 2020 Tokyo Olympics streak, McKeon says that the iconic games this is surreal. “The whole week, I have been keeping my emotions at a certain level,” she explains. “I don’t usually say this, but I wanted to win here – that’s what [Coach] Bohly and I wanted.”

McKeon posts a snapshot of her 2020 Olympics gold medal, with the caption, “OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Only possible because of the endless love and support of the people in my life.”

McKeon recently spoke to Channel 7 about being on a relay team for the 2020 Olympics. “

Being in a team is so much better. There is so much more hype about it and we’re with girls who are so decorated in the sport,” she explains. She then says she still can’t believe how her relay team did and it was an incredible effort by everyone. “I’m absolutely blown away.”

She also told AP News that she feels like it has been a roller coaster getting a gold medal and trying to keep her emotions at bay. “It will take a while to sink in because I’ve been focusing on myself to keep cool,” McKeow shares. 

SkyNews also claims that Team Australia’s swimmers are officially the most successful Olympics team after grabbing 20 medals.