Olympics: The extent of Emma McKeon’s greatness revealed

Emma McKeon entered rare air on Saturday when she joined Liesel Jones and Ian Thorpe on nine career Olympic medals – the most of any Australian.


On Sunday, she took her greatness to another stratosphere, winning gold in the women’s 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay.


She’s now Australia’s greatest ever swimmer, and Australia’s greatest ever Olympian, with 11 career medals, surpassing the likes of Jones, Thorpe and Dawn Fraser.

McKeon’s records have further transcended the realms of swimming, her haul of seven medals (four gold, three bronze) in Tokyo is the equal-most ever by a female at a single Olympics, in any sport.


To put it into perspective, if Emma McKeon was a country, she’d be 11th on the medal tally right now.


That means she has as many gold medals as France, the Netherlands, and New Zealand; more than Germany and Canada.


Emma McKeon, Australia’s greatest ever Olympian. It has a nice ring to it.


Take a bow Emma.




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