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McKeon claims bronze medal in 100m butterfly

Australian Emma McKeon won bronze in the final over 100 m butterfly at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Monday.

McKeon swam on lane 3 and set an Australian record of 55.72, behind Canadian gold medalist Margaret MacNeil (55.59). China’s Zhang Yufei took silver in 55.64,

McKeon, 27, had already won gold in Tokyo as a member of the Australian women’s world record 4x100m freestyle relay and this was her sixth Olympic medal; and her second in an individual race.

America’s best-placed Torri Huske just missed the medals in fourth, 0.01 behind McKeon, while defending champion Sarah Sjoestroem from Sweden landed in seventh place. Sjoestroem set the world and Olympic record of 55.48 in Rio 2016, but reached 56.91 in the Tokyo final.

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Emma McKeon will compete in the final over 100 m butterfly on the third day of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Getty)

McKeon had the slowest reaction time outside the blocks and was back in the field in the curve, performing but a tough effort to dive into the medals. By beating Huske, she sentenced the US to their first ever medalless Olympic event.

“I’m pretty happy I’ll be on the Olympic podium So you can ‘I’m really not happier,’ she said afterwards on the pool deck.

“I was just concentrating on my race . I could see the American woman on the other side of me and I realized that we were only 0.01 back, third and fourth, so [good] to put my hand on the wall in front of her figure class = “image-resizer”> Emma McKeon from Team Australia poses with the bronze medal for the women’s 100m butterfly. (Getty)

McKeon still has 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, medley relay, 4x200m relay and mixed medley relay on their program.

She could break the record for most Olympic Medals that a swimmer won at individual games held jointly by the German Kristin Otto and the American Natalie Coughlin (six). She could also top Ian Thorpe (nine) in most Olympic medals for an Australian swimmer.

Margaret MacNeil from the team Canada celebrates with Sarah Sjoestroem after winning the 100m butterfly final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Getty)

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