Australia takes bronze in chaotic 4x100m mixed medley relay at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Australia has taken out bronze in the Olympics’ first ever mixed medley relay after Emma McKeon raced home in the freestyle leg.
In what was pure chaos as men and women battled across the four strokes, Great Britain won gold from China in silver.
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American star Caeleb Dressel brought his team home to fifth, recovering from eighth but unable to haul in McKeon and Italy’s Federica Pellegrini.
The mixed medley relay bronze is McKeon’s ninth Olympic medal, bringing her level with Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones.
She is also now just one away from the outright Australian record for most medals at a single Olympics.
McKeon raced the final leg of the mixed medley relay just moments after winning her 50m freestyle semi-final.
“We knew it was going to be quick. I think on the timeline it was like a six-minute break, which sounds pretty quick, but we train for that and we do a lot more than that in training,” she told Channel 7.
“So I knew I could handle it and the fact that it’s a relay that gets you up anyway.
“A mixed relay, you don’t know where you’re sitting. I knew the girl on the other side of me from the Netherlands, she was going last in freestyle so I knew I could kind of go off her rather than focusing on Dressel.”
Earlier, Kaylee McKeown took her second individual gold of the Olympics when she won the 200m backstroke final.
The 20-year-old rushed past Canada’s Kylie Masse in the final 50m to secure the victory, with Australian Emily Seebohm securing bronze with her own stellar last leg.
Afterwards, Ariarne Titmus took silver in her third and final battle with Katie Ledecky in the 800m freestyle final.
Ledecky cruised to victory but was pushed to the end by Titmus, who won two out of their three individual meetings in Tokyo.