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Olympics: Relay Gold and World Record headlines successful first morning for Australian Swim Team

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

Morning Session Day 2

Smith claims Australia’s first medal

Brendon Smith followed up his Australian record in the 4x100 individual medley heats with a barnstorming finish to claim a bronze medal, Australia’s first of the Olympics.

Similarly to the heats, Smith looked dead and buried in breaststroke leg, but powered home in freestyle to finish third.

McKeon into 100m Fly Final

Emma McKeon secured a finals berth in the Women’s 100m Butterfly with a second-place finish in the semi-final. The final will take place at 11:30am AEST tomorrow morning.

Brianna Throssell missed out on the final finishing sixth.

McLoughlin secures silver in 400m Freestyle

Jack McLoughlin started his Olympic campaign brightly with a sliver medal, but was overshadowed by 18-year-old Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui who came from the clouds to claim gold.

Hafnaoui swam a strong race, remaining with the leaders from start to finish and pipping a fast-finishing McLoughlin at the line.

McLoughlin will be going for gold in the 800m and 1500m freestyle later in the Games.

21-year-old young gun Elijah Winnington burnt out after a promising start, but has his first Olympics final under his belt.

Campbells, McKeon and Harris beat world record to bring home Australia’s first gold!

Australia’s women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team blew their competition out of the water, finishing a whopping three seconds ahead of second-place Canada.

Bronte Campbell started well and 19-year-old Meg Harris was strong in the second leg, before Emma McKeon thrust the Aussies into a commanding lead, swimming the fifth fastest women’s 100m freestyle of all-time.

Flag-bearer Cate Campbell bought the girls home, staying in front of the all-important world record line.

Amazing achievement, and a great way to cap off the first swimming finals session for Australia.

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