2022 Commonwealth Games: Shayna Jack bronze medal in 50m freestyle, star bursts into tears

Shayna Jack almost apologized for saying she was about to get emotional after her bronze swim. The 23-year-old comeback star has nothing to apologize for.

After a string of brutal injuries and a two-year doping ban, Jack enjoyed the sweetest moment of her swimming career on Monday morning and was overwhelmed with emotion.

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Jack missed gold in the women’s 50m freestyle final to Australian superstar Emma McKeon. who won a mind-blowing 11th career gold medal.

It was an amazing medal draw for Australia, with Meg Harris taking silver just 0.04 seconds ahead of Jack.

Jack had previously won World Championship gold medals and a Commonwealth Games relay gold medal, but this was her first major individual swimming medal. You could tell if she spoke to the press after the swim that it meant everything

Jack qualified for the finals the fastest and had some regrets about missing out on the gold, but losing against one of the greatest athletes of all time is nothing to be disappointed about.

She began her brief press conference by saying, “I’m just going to get upset.

“Like it wasn’t the result I wanted tonight, but I should be really proud of how far I’ve come.

“It was not an easy journey. There were two major failures. Just standing here today and being able to walk the podium with these two girls is an honor. I probably can’t put into words how great it is to be here.”

Jack said that winning the gold medal in the individual competition is the next thing she will race with a lot of fire in her stomach.

“I’ve always enjoyed competing in relays, but progressing and being on the podium as an individual swimmer is unmatched,” she said.

“I’m so proud of myself and these girls tonight. We gave all our strength.

“I don’t think I’ve given myself time to realize how far I’ve come.”

It was an emotional evening for the Australian team. McKeon also briefly burst into tears after her historic achievement.

Jack’s emotions show how far she’s come.

She became world champion last month. after winning gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team in Budapest.

Jack was returning from a shock moment ahead of the 2019 World Cup when it was revealed she tested positive for the anabolic agent Ligandrol.

Jack has consistently maintained her innocence, and in November 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut her suspension in half.

Originally published as Shayna Jack bursts into tears after Commonwealth Games bronze medal