Australia’s Emma McKeon Breaks Commonwealth Games Medals Records
Australia’s Emma McKeon broke the record for the most Commonwealth Games medals ever after Chad le Clos missed out on his chance to set the new record total.
McKeon won her sixth medal of Birmingham 2022 with bronze in the women’s 100m freestyle to move level with South African Le Clos and shooters Michael Gault and Phil Adams on 18 medals.
She then stepped up as part of Australia’s mixed 4x100m medley relay team which stormed to gold – giving her a seventh medal of the Games and a fifth gold.
Le Clos, who moved to 18 with silver in the 200m butterfly on Sunday, finished fourth in the men’s 100m butterfly final moments after McKeon had climbed out of the pool with her share of Commonwealth history.
McKeon and Le Clos competed in the medley relay as their extraordinary battle played out at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, with Le Clos trying to match McKeon in making history. Still, his South African team were edged out of the medals by Canada and England.
The 28-year-old McKeon now has five golds, a silver, and a bronze from these Games storming past Le Clos to set the new record tally – a haul she began with six medals at Glasgow 2014.
She was the third member of an Australian medal clean sweep in the 100m freestyle as gold went to Mollie O’Callaghan and silver to Shayna Jack.