Olympic Swimming 2021: Women's 100m Freestyle Medal Winners, Times and Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 30, 2021

Emma McKeon, of Australia, reacts after winning the women's 100-meter freestyle semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Olympic records are being set left and right at the Tokyo Games. Emma McKeon was the latest to claim one on Thursday night. 

The Australian swimmer won the first individual gold medal of her career, posting a time of 51.96 in the women's 100-meter freestyle. She topped Hong Kong's Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (52.27) and fellow Aussie Cate Campbell (52.52) to claim gold.

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"I think that coming into this morning's performance, I really wanted to put forward my best performance,” McKeon told Australia's Channel Seven after the win. "And that is pretty much a season's best, and to do that in an Olympic final, off a very, very challenging year that I've had, I'm really happy."

McKeon is putting together quite the medal collection, with two golds and four medals in total at the Tokyo Games. She's up to eight medals now in her decorated career:

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Phil Lutton @phillutton78

Just too good. Emma McKeon with a 51.96, just the second swimmer in history under 52 seconds, to take gold. And Cate Campbell with the most deserving bronze, what a story she is now. Thrilled for both of them <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tokyo2020?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Tokyo2020</a>

Her teammate, Campbell, was participating in her fourth Olympics and claimed her first individual medal since the 2008 Games. 

"There were understandably quite a few demons knocking at my door this morning when I woke up, but I held them all at bay and I performed when it counted,” she told reporters. "I get to stand on an Olympic podium. The Australian national anthem is going to be echoing through the stadium, and I couldn't be more proud of my teammate [McKeon]. She deserves absolutely everything that has come her way." 

As for the United States' lone representative in the race, Abbey Weitzeil finished eighth (53.23).