Australian Emma McCann on Sunday (first) became the first female swimmer to win seven medals at the singles Olympics, winning the 50m freestyle and the women’s 4×100 medley relay. Tokyo Games.
American Caleb Dressel reaffirmed his dominance in men’s swimming, joining the achievements of the 100 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly to win the gold medal in the 50 m freestyle and fifth in the Games with the US team victory in the men’s medley relay. Won medal. He also won a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
After taking gold in the 800m, Robert Finke finally showed recovery to win the 1500m freestyle which had more gold for the US.
The United States ended an electrifying swimming competition in Tokyo with 11 gold medals, five fewer than in Rio and London.
Australia won a total of nine medals, the most gold medals at their Games, and Britain won four gold medals as part of a record total of eight medals.
McCon, who took away four gold medals in Tokyo, swam in the butterfly Australian relay, with Kate Campbell in the final stage, leaving the Americans with silver.
McCon joins Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi as the only swimmer to win seven medals at the Games. Maria Gorokhovskaya, a Russian gymnast in 1952, is the only woman to win seven in any other sport.
Phelps won eight medals in Athens 2004 and set a swimming record four years later in Beijing.
“I look at athletes who have gone before me and I’m very impressed with what they’ve done, but I never really paid attention to the medal count figures,” McCon said. “It’s an honor because I know I worked hard for it.”
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