Australia has watched on in astonishment as swimming sensation Emma McKeon continues to make Commonwealth Games history after collecting another gold medal in the 50m butterfly.
McKeon had already become the most decorated gold medal athlete in the history of the Games after her 50m freestyle gold medal on Sunday.
But, McKeon has once again etched her name in the history books with a 12th gold medal to take her clear of swimming icons Susie O'Neill, Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe.
Australia's Holly Barratt finished tied second with South Africa's Erin Gallagher.
After the race, McKeon spoke to Channel 7 about her record-breaking Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
"I'm pretty happy, I don't think I've ever won an international medal in the 50m butterfly," McKeon said.
In a funny moment, McKeon admitted she briefly forgot how many medals she had won at the Games when asked prior to the race.
"Kind of, I take it one at a time. The guy in the marshalling area asked: 'How many medals have you won?'" she added.
Swimming superstar Emma McKeon told Sunrise that she struggles to keep track of how many medals she’s won just moments after taking out her fourth gold in Birmingham in the 50m butterfly. pic.twitter.com/2Yhg3yC3FD
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) August 1, 2022
"I actually couldn't tell him because I am kinda of just focused on what I am doing at that moment.
"I think that's how I get through the week, just take it one at a time, because I am doing 16 races here. That was my 12th, or 13th, for that heavy workload you have to take it one at a time...otherwise it gets too overwhelming."
Emma McKeon commits to Paris Olympic Games
While McKeon may have all the medals any swimmer could ever dream of, the 28-year-old said she is committed to swimming in the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.
"I am going to keep going," she added.
"I am going through to Paris for sure, when I finished Tokyo I took three months off training...that was in Paris in mind.
"I am motivated and excited to keep going."
Fans were quick to praise McKeon for yet another sensational display in the pool.
The 🐐 gets greater!
Emma McKeon take yet another #GOLD in Bham, Holly Barratt unstoppable as she ties for #SIVLER in Women’s 50m Fly!
🥇 E. McKeon (AUS) – 25.90
🥈 H. Barratt (AUS) – 26.05
🥈 E. Gallagher (RSA) – 26.05@CommGamesAUS | #BoldBraveBrilliant | #Birmingham2022
— Australian Swim Team (@DolphinsAUS) August 1, 2022
Emma McKeon adds a gold in the women's 50m butterfly to her 100m fly silver at Birmingham 2022, clocking a time of 25.90, as Erin Gallagher and fellow Aussie Holly Barratt ties for silver.
🥇 🇦🇺 Emma McKeon
🥈 🇿🇦 Erin Gallagher
🥈 🇦🇺 Holly Barratt#Birmingham2022 #WeOneMore pic.twitter.com/gUtW4Qaovp
— Archive | #WeOneMore (@ArchiveInt) August 1, 2022
Can Emma McKeon do any track and/or field?
— Dan Colasimone (@DanColasimone) August 1, 2022
Emma McKeon. 12 gold commonwealth medals in total and still more events to come.
An amazing athlete all round...wow #b2022
— Jen (@jennc_xx) August 1, 2022
My word! @emma_mckeon is just incredible! 🏊🏻♀️ More amazing history being made by women athletes 🙌🏻
Advance Australia Fair playing the background started me crying 😭🇦🇺#Birmingham2022 #CommonwealthGames2022 #WomenInSport #SwimmingFinals #GoldMedalist @birminghamcg22
— Emma T (she/they) 🏳️🌈🌻🎃 (@RednSilver) August 1, 2022
Emma McKeon just an amazing athlete. #CommonwealthGames2022
— Paul Williams (@MotorracingP) August 1, 2022
— 8-BitCricket (@8_Bit_Cricket) August 1, 2022
Meanwhile, Kyle Chalmers won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games and celebrated with a message to his critics.
Chalmers was an unstoppable force in Monday night's final, winning in 47.51 seconds.
England's Tom Dean (47.89) claimed the silver medal and Scotland's Duncan Scott (48.27) took bronze.
Chalmers now has three gold medals from the Birmingham Games, following earlier relay wins in the mixed 4x100m freestyle and men's 4x100m freestyle.
After touching the wall in first place, Chalmers sat on the lane rope and out a single finger to his mouth in a gesture to silence his critics.
“It’s something I’ve envisaged myself doing, probably a bit more of a powerful celebration after a win, but that one was a special one,” he said.
"That probably means more than giving a fist pump or a tensing of the muscles.
"For me, I hope that sends a powerful message."
Unlike McKeon, Chalmers admitted he wasn't sure about whether he would continue on to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The Aussies enjoyed yet another golden night in the pool with Kaylee McKeown won gold in the women's 200m backstroke.
Matthew Levy won his men's 50m freestyle s7, while the men's 4x200m freestyle Elijah Winnington, Zac Incerti, Mac Horton and Flynn Southam also won gold.
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