Emma McKeon claims record-equalling 18th medal with bronze in Aussie 1-2-3 finish in 100m freestyle final… as swimming legend tells her boyfriend Cody Simpson he’s ‘changing the sport’ after coming fifth in 100m butterfly final

  • Mollie O’Callaghan won Commonwealth Games women’s 100m freestyle final 
  • The 18-year-old set a phenomenal personal best of 52.63 seconds in Birmingham
  • Shayna Jack also finishing ahead of favourite Emma McKeon to win silver 
  • McKeon’s partner Cody Simpson did not enjoy similar success in the 100m butterfly

Emma McKeon won a record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal despite being stunned after being pipped to gold in the women’s 100m freestyle final by fellow Aussie Mollie O’Callaghan.

The 18-year-old continued her excellent form from the recent World Championships in Budapest by setting a phenomenal personal best of 52.63 seconds in Birmingham.

O’Callaghan was the shock winner of a race that saw a 1-2-3 Aussie finish, with Shayna Jack also finishing ahead of McKeon to win silver.

Emma McKeon won a record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal in the 100m freestyle final

Emma McKeon won a record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal in the 100m freestyle final

But she was pipped to the gold medal by new sensation Mollie O'Callaghan in Birmingham

But she was pipped to the gold medal by new sensation Mollie O’Callaghan in Birmingham

But the 28-year-old took her tally of swimming medals at a single Commonwealth Games to six – one behind the record – as well as joining South Africa men’s star Chad le Clos on 18 Commonwealth medals  

McKeon – who has two events left in Birmingham – was gracious after being pipped to gold and silver, telling Channel 7:  ‘It is incredible. We get to push each other, year in and year out. And it ups the standard every time.

‘After last year, I needed to keep pushing. And I know all over the world there will be young ones coming through and I have these two back home to race all the time.

‘I’m still hungry as ever… I’m just so stoked to be here and be in the 100m with those girls.’

The 18-year-old continued her excellent form by setting a personal best of 52.63 seconds

The 18-year-old continued her excellent form by setting a personal best of 52.63 seconds

Shayna Jack (left) also came ahead of McKeon to win silver as part of an Aussie 1-2-3 finish

Shayna Jack (left) also came ahead of McKeon to win silver as part of an Aussie 1-2-3 finish

Meanwhile, O’Callaghan said: ‘I’m really happy. And I’m happy to do it with these amazing girls. Especially Emma. She is an absolute idol.

‘It is really nice to race alongside her at this time. And especially Shayna Jack too, coming back from stuff, so I’m very happy.’

However, McKeon’s partner Cody Simpson did not enjoy similar success in the men’s 100m butterfly final, coming fifth after a great last 50 metres saw him close the gap to the leaders and get close to his personal best.

After the race, Aussie swimming queen Cate Campbell showered Simpson with praise for his ability to get to close to the top soon after deciding to return to the sport after a long time away with his stellar musical career.

‘It has been a meteoric rise, a phenomenal effort, and you are really rewriting what people can do in this sport,’ she told him.

‘We are usually seeing people coming in as teenagers and you are told, if you are entering as a teenager, you’re too late.’ 

But there was success for another Australian, Matthew Temple, who tied with England’s James Guy for silver with a time of 51.40 seconds.

McKeon and Simpson’s Games have been overshadowed by the supposed negativity from the media surrounding the ‘love triangle’ also involving Kyle Chalmers.

McKeon's partner Cody Simpson however could only come fifth in the men's 100m butterfly

McKeon’s partner Cody Simpson however could only come fifth in the men’s 100m butterfly

But there was success for Matthew Temple, who tied with England's James Guy for silver

But there was success for Matthew Temple, who tied with England’s James Guy for silver

Speaking on Adelaide‘s Mix 102.3 to presenter Ali Clarke on Tuesday morning, Chalmers’ father Brett praised his son for addressing the supposed negativity from the media surrounding the ‘love triangle’ involving him and fellow swimmers Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson.

Mr Chalmers also felt Swimming Australia should have offered more support to the Olympic gold medallist.

‘It’s a form of bullying and harassment, these people (media) get away with it, they destroy people’s lives,’ he said before breaking down.

‘It has been hard watching Kyle go through all this alone, you feel helpless 15,000 kilometres away. 

‘I feel Swimming Australia should have supported Kyle more. ‘

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