Emma McKeon is the most successful female athlete in Commonwealth Games history

Emma McKeon of Australia became the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history after winning the gold medal in the 50m freestyle in Birmingham.
The Miracle of Wollongong took the 11th gold medal of her Commonwealth Games career with a triumph on Sunday night.

McKeon dwarfs the previous record for most Commonwealth gold medals of 10 by Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Laizel Jones.

“It’s great to be mentioned next to some of these names and I hope to be a part of this story for years to come,” said McKeon.
“They inspired me when I was young. I remember watching them on TV and it lit a fire in me to be who I am now.”
McKeon’s 50m freestyle followed her previous victories in Birmingham in the 4×100 freestyle medley relay and the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay.

The 28-year-old has won four gold medals at both the 2018 Gold Coast Games and the 2014 Glasgow Games.

“This is a special event. It makes me think about the last eight years since my first Commonwealth Games,” she said.
“I see how far I have come as a person and as an athlete.
McKeon has a chance to add more gold to her catch in Birmingham thanks to expected swims in four more events – about 50 minutes before her record freestyle she was fastest in qualifying for the 50m butterfly final.

McKeon is also Australia’s most decorated Olympian with 11 medals – five golds, two silvers and four bronzes.


Madison Wilson, Shayna Jack, Molly O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon of Team Australia pose for photographs after winning gold in the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay final on the second day of the XXII Commonwealth Games at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England, Saturday. , July 30, 2022 Source: A MONKEY / DAVE HUNT / MONKEY IMAGE

And her landmark Commonwealth gold in the 50m freestyle came in the Australian medal draw, with Meg Harris taking silver and Shayna Jack taking bronze.

McKeon edged ahead of her Aussies to win in 23.99 seconds, with a fast finisher Harris (24.32) ahead of Jack (24.36) for silver.

Also on Sunday night, Jenna Strauch (women’s 200m breaststroke) and Tim Hodge (men’s 100m breaststroke S8) added silver to the Australian medals.

Hodge’s teammate Blake Cochrane won bronze in the final, which was won by New Zealand’s Josh Wilmer.
Kyle Chalmers rose above the controversy outside the pool to become the fastest qualifier in the men’s 100m freestyle final alongside fellow Australians William Young (third) and Zach Inserty (eighth), who were also in the medal race.

Australian Bowen Gough finished fourth and Brandon Smith was last in the men’s 200m butterfly final, which was won by another kiwi, Lewis Clerbert.