Emma McKeon becomes the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history

Australia’s Emma McKeon is the most decorated athlete in Commonwealth Games history after winning gold in the 50m freestyle in Birmingham.
The Wollongong wonder claimed the 11th gold medal of his career at the Commonwealth Games with Sunday night’s triumph.

McKeon eclipses the previous record for most Commonwealth gold medals – 10 – by Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones.

“It’s really nice to be mentioned next to some of these names and I’ll be a part of this story for years to come, hopefully,” McKeon said.
“They were the ones who inspired me when I was young. I remember watching them on TV and it lit the fire in me to be where I am now.”
McKeon’s 50m freestyle follows her previous wins in Birmingham in the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay and the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay.

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

“It’s special. It makes me reflect on the last eight years since my first Commonwealth Games,” she said.
“I can see how far I’ve come as a person and an athlete.
McKeon is lucky to add more gold to her Birmingham run with swims expected in four more events – around 50 minutes before her freestyle record she was the fastest qualifier for the 50m butterfly final .

McKeon is also Australia’s most decorated Olympian with 11 medals – five gold, two silver and four bronze.


Madison Wilson, Shayna Jack, Mollie O’Callagahan and Emma McKeon of Team Australia pose for photos after winning gold in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay final on Day 2 of the XXII Commonwealth Games at Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, England, Saturday, July 30, 2022. Source: AAP / DAVE HUNT/AAPIMAGE

And her historic Commonwealth gold in the 50m freestyle came in a sweep of Australian medals with Meg Harris winning silver and Shayna Jack bronze.

McKeon edged his fellow Australians to win in 23.99 seconds with the speedy Harris (24.32) edging out Jack (24.36) for the silver medal.

Also on Sunday night, Jenna Strauch (women’s 200 breaststroke) and Tim Hodge (men’s S8 100 breaststroke) added silver to Australia’s medal tally.

Hodge’s teammate Blake Cochrane won bronze in the final won by New Zealander Josh Willmer.
Kyle Chalmers overcame controversy outside the pool to be the fastest qualifier for the men’s 100m freestyle final with fellow Australians William Yang (third) and Zac Incerti (eighth) also in the medal hunt.

Australian Bowen Gough was fourth and Brendon Smith last in the men’s 200m butterfly final won by fellow Kiwi Lewis Clareburt.