Simply when Australia thought it couldn’t love Kaylee McKeown anymore, she additional cemented her spot as a legend after claiming her second Tokyo gold on Saturday.
The 20-year-old sealed the 100m and 200m backstroke double with another brilliant swim to beat Canada’s Kylie Masse, whereas her Australian teammate, Emily Seebohm, claimed bronze.
Throughout the medal presentation, nevertheless, McKeown was desperate to share the highlight with Seebohm in a touching second.
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McKeown had Seebohm stand on the highest step of the dias along with her through the nationwide anthem.
Seebohm additionally offered McKeown along with her gold medal with the pair embracing and holding palms in triumph.
“Only a great second and the respect of the younger Australian champion with the veteran Australian champion, such a stunning contact,” Basil Zempilas stated in Channel 7 commentary.
“These are stunning, stunning moments.”
Seebohm had damaged down after the race, remembering a brutal journey she accomplished because the Rio Video games 5 years in the past.
“I by no means thought this was going to occur once more,” stated Seebohm.
“I really feel a bit like wine, it will get higher because it ages I really feel like a little bit of a fantastic wine in the intervening time.”
Seebohm didn’t make Australia’s crew for the 2019 world championships, whereas on her path again to competing on the Video games, she was informed that she was too fats and too outdated.
“Lots of people stated that I wasn’t going to do it,” Seebohm informed the Canberra Times, by way of AAP. “I used to be too outdated. I wanted to drop a few pounds, I wanted to look totally different.
“I misplaced loads of confidence in my swimming. I knew this was going to be super-tough to make this (Tokyo) crew and I actually wished to go to a fourth Olympics, that was my dream.”
Chatting with Channel 7, McKeown stated she was delivered to tears by Seebohm’s triumph regardless of her personal.
“I had a little bit of a tear in my eye to be sincere,” she stated. “Em has been round for thus lengthy and I communicate to extremely of her and for a purpose.
“It made sense for her to be up there with me.”
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