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Emma McKeon wins 100m freestyle gold at Tokyo Olympics

Australia’s Emma McKeon won the gold medal and her compatriot Cate Campbell’s bronze medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

McKeon’s victory gives her a second gold in the game-she and Campbell were part of Australia’s winning 4x100m freestyle relay team.

McKeon, who won two bronze medals in Tokyo, won one medal comparable to the records of Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould, with Australia winning five medals in one Olympic Games.

McKeon won the 100m final on Friday in 51.96 seconds, followed by Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette (52.27) and Campbell (52.52).

The 27-year-old led from start to finish. She first unblocked with a reaction time one tenth of a second faster than any rival.

McKeon took the lead on the way and maintained control up to the wall.

The Australian has collected her fourth gold in the Olympics and is threatening the Australian record for most medals in a single Olympics.

With a bronze pair of 100m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay, McKeon is also popular in 50m freestyle. The sprint heat will be contested on Friday night.

And when Australia competes for a 4x100m mixed medley medal, McKeon may appear. This could allow her to win a record sixth medal in the game.

Swimming legends Gould and Thorpe each hold the Australian record of winning the most medals in five games.

Thorpe won three gold and two silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Gould won three gold, one silver and bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

And if McKeon wins six medals, her total Olympic career is nine, comparable to the Australian record of Thorpe.

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