Emma McKeon is an Australian swimmer who specializes in freestyle and butterfly events. She was born on May 24, 1994, in Wollongong, New South Wales. McKeon began swimming at the age of four and joined her local swim club at six. She comes from a family of swimmers and her brother, David McKeon, is also an Olympic swimmer.
McKeon made her international debut in 2010, competing in the FINA World Cup in Beijing. She won her first medal at the 2012 FINA World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, where she was part of the Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team that won gold. McKeon made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won four medals: one gold, two silver, and one bronze. She won the gold medal as part of the Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team, setting a new world record in the process.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, McKeon won seven medals, becoming the most successful Australian Olympian in a single Games. She won four gold medals (in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, and 4x100m medley relay), two bronze medals (in the 100m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay), and set an Olympic record in the 50m freestyle.
McKeon is also a multiple medalist at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Pan Pacific Championships. She has won a total of 20 medals at these major international competitions, including 11 gold medals. McKeon is known for her versatility as a swimmer, competing in a range of events from sprint to distance.
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