The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham ended on Sunday, marking the completion of one of the best editions so far. The tournament witnessed many record-breaking performances from athletes all over the world including the one from ace Australian swimmer Emma McKeon.
The 28-year-old swimming great has set a unique world record to her name after winning six gold, one silver and one bronze across various events in the sport at Birmingham 2022. As a result, McKeon managed to collect more medals than as many as 56 nations/territories at the multi-nation sporting event. Notably, the recently-concluded CWG edition saw participation from 72 countries/territories, of which only 16 could win eight or more medals.
“It’s really nice to be mentioned alongside some of those names and I will be part of that history for years to come, hopefully,” McKeon said, as quoted by The Guardian. “They’re the ones who inspired me when I was young. I remember watching them on TV and that lit the fire in me to be where I am now.”
The Wollongong native McKeon is also a four-time world record holder out of which three have been broken, but one of them still stands strong. All four instances came in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay which definitely shows her sheer domination in the category. The kangaroo athlete also has 11 Olympic medals out of which four gold and three came at Tokyo 2020.
Coming back to the 2022 CWG, McKeon, who had faced stiff competition from the fastest qualifiers and compatriots Shayna Jack and Meg Harris, finished on top of the podium to clinch the golden metal.
She added: “It is special. It makes me reflect on the last eight years since my first Commonwealth Games. I can see how far I’ve come as a person and an athlete.”
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