Wollongong's Emma McKeon is wrong touching region of becoming Australia's astir palmy Olympian aft claiming a breakthrough golden medal successful the 100m freestyle today.
The thrilling sprint successful Tokyo, in which a gracious Cate Campbell won bronze, was McKeon's archetypal idiosyncratic golden astatine an Olympic Games.
McKeon has present won 8 Olympic medals (three gold, 2 metallic and 3 bronze).
That places the 27-year-old alongside chap aquatics greats Dawn Fraser, Petria Thomas and Susie O'Neill connected 8 medals.
In McKeon's crosshairs are Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones, with 9 medals apiece.
Thorpe's GOAT presumption is improbable to alteration - helium won 5 golds - but McKeon inactive has immense opportunities for much glory successful Tokyo.
The 27-year-old is present connected way to triumph the astir medals by an Australian astatine a azygous Olympics, with the 50m freestyle and 2 further relays - the 4x100m medley and the mixed medley relay - of her programme remaining.
McKeon's 4 medal haul successful Tokyo ranks down lone the adjacent Australian grounds of 5 astatine 1 games, acceptable by Thorpe, Shane Gould and Alicia Coutts.
"I can't judge it," McKeon said aft the 100m win.
"It doesn't consciousness real. I tin conscionable consciousness my emotions bubbling up now. I consciousness similar this week's been a spot of an affectional rollercoaster - conscionable getting up for your races and trying to unbend again.
"I cognize each of my household backmost location are watching and I felt them with maine successful my race. I cognize each the enactment they've fixed maine implicit each the years of maine swimming."
MOST OLYMPIC MEDALS WON BY AN AUSTRALIAN
Ian Thorpe 9: 5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
Leisel Jones 9: 3 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze
Dawn Fraser 8: 4 gold, 4 silver
Petria Thomas 8: 3 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze
Emma McKeon 8: 3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze
Susie O'Neill 8: 2 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze
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