'Just part of the team' - McKeon humble despite historic swimming haul
Published : Monday, 2 August, 2021 at 5:19 PM Count : 235
A humble Emma McKeon Monday downplayed her remarkable feats at the Tokyo Olympics despite winning an unsurpassed seven swimming medals to join the all-time greats.
The 27-year-old Australian was the undisputed queen in the Tokyo pool, with her medal haul -- four gold and three bronze -- surpassing the six won by East German Kristin Otto (1952) and American Natalie Coughlin (2008).
In all, she swam 13 races in nine days and said it "still hasn't really sunk in yet".
"I feel just like everyone else up here, we have done an amazing job," she said at a press conference alongside fellow gold medallists including Ariarne Titmus, Kaylee McKeown and Cate Campbell.
"The whole team has done an amazing job, and I'm just wanting to be part of that team.
"I'm just grateful I could be here and that Japan could allow us to go after our dreams."
McKeon matched the record for the most decorated female athlete at a single Games ever, tied with Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya (1952).
Asked how it felt to be elevated onto such a lofty pedestal, she said: "Honestly, I'm not alone.
"I've got a whole team behind me, my coach. Everyone up here (at the press conference) is right there with me because everyone here is an Olympic medallist and that is incredible."