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Emma McKeon has seven medals at Tokyo Olympics with gold in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay

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Emma McKeon has won two more gold medals in Tokyo, taking her medal tally at this Games to seven — the equal most by any woman in any sport in Olympic history.

The dual golds came in the 50m freestyle and the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

McKeon has now won gold in the women’s 4x100m relay, the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and women’s 4x100m mixed relay and bronze in the 100m butterfly, women’s 4x200m relay and mixed 4x100m medley relay.

No Australian has won 10 Olympic medals or more than medals in one Games. Only one woman in any sport in history — Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952 — can match her haul of seven.

She now has five Olympic gold medals — the most in Australian history, tied with Ian Thorpe.

The 4x100m medley final was a classic, an absolute shootout between Australia, the US and Canada that was eventually sealed by Cate Campbell’s fantastic anchoring leg.

Kaylee McKeown, who now has three gold medals of her own in Tokyo, was second after the backstroke leg, a position Australia would hold right until Campbell’s final touch.

Chelsea Hodges swam the second-fastest breaststroke split to keep Australia within touch, and McKeon — swimming butterfly this time — made significant ground late in her leg to set up a blockbuster finish.

Campbell and American Abbey Weitzel went stroke for stroke for the entirety of their final 100m freestyle leg, but it was the Aussie who touched 0.13 seconds faster, with an Olympic record time of 3 minutes, 51.60 seconds.

In the 50m freestyle, event that is traditionally a flip of the coin, McKeon won with an Olympic record time of 23.81 seconds.

She has set new Olympic records in the heat, semi-final and final of the event, and was 0.26 seconds clear of Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem, who holds the world record.

Campbell finished seventh, only 0.55 seconds behind McKeon and 0.15 seconds behind Denmark’s Pernille Blume in third.

Australia’s men put up a fight of their own in their 4x100m medley relay, but couldn’t quite get into the medal positions, finishing fifth.

Kyle Chalmers produced another rapid final leg but it wasn’t enough, with the United States team winning with a world record time of 3 minutes, 26.78.

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