Emma McKeon wins 10th Commonwealth Games gold medal as Australia retains top spot in medal tally

Australian swimmer Emma McKeon is close to becoming the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history.
McKeon won her 10th career Commonwealth gold medal when she was part of the winning Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team in Birmingham on Saturday night.

She joins fellow Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Lazel Jones with 10 career Commonwealth gold medals – no athlete has won more.

McKeon’s feat comes after Australian para swimmer Katja Dedekind set a world record by winning the gold medal in the women’s 50m freestyle in S13 on Saturday night.
“It’s the icing on the cake,” Dedekind said of the new test.

Dedekind, who is blind in her right eye and has limited vision in her left eye, clocked 26.56 seconds, better than the 26.67 set by Italy’s Carlotta Gilli in 2018.

Katja Dedekind of Australia holds the gold medal she won in the women's S13 50m freestyle final on the second day of the Commonwealth Games.

Australian para swimmer Katja Dedekind set a world record by winning the gold medal in the women’s 50m freestyle in S13. Source: A MONKEY / Dave Hunt

And the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team – Flynn Southam, Zach Incherty, William Young and Kyle Chalmers – also won gold.

McKeon also won a silver medal in the women’s 100m butterfly and Brendon Smith took silver in the men’s 400m individual medley.
And six Australians won bronze medals on Saturday night: Chelsea Hodges (women’s 50m breaststroke), Elijah Winnington (men’s 200m freestyle), Bradley Woodward (men’s 100m backstroke), Brianna Throssell (women’s 100m butterfly) , women), Jacob Templeton (men, 50m freestyle S13). ) and Kirraly Hayes (women’s 50m freestyle, S13).

The Australian swimming team has a collection of six gold, five silver and nine bronze medals in the Birmingham Basin.

On the night after winning the 400m freestyle final, Winnington found himself sandwiched between England’s Olympic champion Tom Dean and Scottish Olympic silver medalist Duncan Scott.
This time Scott won the gold, as Winnington rated his bronze swim as “in some respects” better than his 400m run.
“Tom and Duncan are first and second in the Olympics, the two best freestylers in the world are nowhere to be found, let alone the Commonwealth, so I was in great company,” Winnington said.
Three Australians were fastest in the women’s 50m freestyle semi-finals: Shayna Jack, followed by Meg Harris and McKeon.

And Australian trio Zach Stubblety-Cook, Sam Williamson and Josh Yong advanced to the men’s 100m breaststroke final.