Australia has medalled twice on the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympic swimming program.
The men and women’s individual medley relay teams both scored a spot on the medal dais. This gives Australia a total of 10 Olympic medals in the pool.
The women’s 4x100m individual medley relay, with Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell, grabbed a silver behind team USA, just one hundredth of a second before Denmark touched in third place.
Seebohm led the Aussies in the backstroke putting the team in third position at the first changeover. Taking the breastroke leg was 21-year-old Taylor McKeown who came fifth in her individual 200m breastroke final. Emma McKeon, who had already grabbed a medal of every colour this Olympics, swam the butterfly touching the wall to give the team fifth place.
Backing up just minutes after her disappointing performance in the women’s 50m freestyle final, Cate Campbell made up significant ground in the freestyle leg of the race, securing a silver medal for the Australian team.
In the men’s 4x100m individual medley relay, Australia touched the wall locking in a bronze medal. Mitchell Larkin raced the backstroke giving the Aussies a strong start and finished in fourth place. Queensland swimmer Jake Packard swam the breastroke and handed over to David Morgan for the butterfly. Swimming the final part of the race was 18-year-old Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers who finished a fraction behind Great Britain in a time of 3:29.93.
The US individual medley relay team featured Michael Phelps in the very last swim of his career and seized a gold medal in an Olympic record time of 3:27.95. Phelps now leaves the Rio Olympics with five gold medals, giving him a total of 23 gold and 28 medals overall.
In other finals of swimming’s last night of the program, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell raced in the women’s 50m freestyle. The girls finished fifth and seventh respectively. Mack Horton competed in the men’s 1500m freestyle, finishing in fifth place with a time of 14:49.54, 10 seconds behind his best time which he achieved earlier this year at the 2016 Australian Championships. – Jessica Best.
Photo of the Australian women’s team with their silver medals from Australian Dolphins Swim Team Facebook.