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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Emma McKeon Becomes First Female Swimmer to Win 7 Medals at Single Games

Tokyo: Australian swimmer Emma McKeon created Olympic history on Sunday after she outclassed the two-time defending champions, the United States, to secure the women's 4x100m relay gold medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

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Australian swimmer Emma McKeon (Photo Credit: Twitter/AUS Olympic Team)

Tokyo: Australian swimmer Emma McKeon created Olympic history on Sunday after she outclassed the two-time defending champions, the United States, to secure the women’s 4x100m relay gold medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

In a close encounter, the Australian team of Chelsea Hodges, Kaylee McKeown, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon won the race with a new Olympic record time of 3:51.60, pushing the USA into second spot.

Meanwhile, the USA quartet finished theirs at a time of 3:51.73 with Canada claiming the bronze with a 3:52.60 timing.

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With this, McKeon secured a staggering seventh medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a feat that no other female swimmer has ever achieved at a single Games.

The 27-year-old has also now won four gold medals in Tokyo along with three bronze medals and is now ahead of East German Kristin Otto’s six medal-haul in 1952 which was later matched by American Natalie Coughlin in 2008.

Back on Saturday, United States’ swimming sensation Katie Ledecky bagged her record sixth individual gold and 10th Olympic medal of her career after she secured the podium in the women’s 800m freestyle.

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Katie Ledecky still remains undefeated in every 800-meter freestyle race she’s competed in for 11 years. Ledecky touched the wall in 8:12.57.

Ariarne Titmus of Australia won the silver and Simona Quadarella of Italy took the bronze.

(With ANI Inputs)