Rio Olympics: Gutsy performance from Australia sees them win a silver medal in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final

The Australian team of Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, Bronte Barratt, and Tamsin Cook took a brilliant silver medal in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final.  

A superb second leg by Emma McKeon got her team back in the race after Leah Neale had only been able to touch in seventh place after a disappointing first leg.

Bronte Barratt then consolidated their advantage before handing over to the youngest member of the team – 17- year-old Tamsin Cook – who was able to hang on for silver.  

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Emma McKeon (pictured) was a member of the Australian team along with Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, and Tamsin Cook

Emma McKeon (pictured) was a member of the Australian team along with Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, and Tamsin Cook

Australia' McKeon reacts after realising she has claimed a bronze medal in final of 200m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Australia’ McKeon reacts after realising she has claimed a bronze medal in final of 200m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

McKeon made a brilliant start in her 200m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympics and was leading at the first and second turns, before finally finishing in third place

McKeon made a brilliant start in her 200m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympics and was leading at the first and second turns, before finally finishing in third place

Emma McKeon poses with her Olympic bronze medal after finishing third in the women's 200m freestyle final in Rio

Emma McKeon poses with her Olympic bronze medal after finishing third in the women’s 200m freestyle final in Rio

McKeon won a Rio 2016 gold in the 4x100m relay, but was in tears after missing out on a medal in the 100m butterfly final

McKeon won a Rio 2016 gold in the 4x100m relay, but was in tears after missing out on a medal in the 100m butterfly final

McKeon claimed her second medal of the 2016 Olympic Games with a bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle – and erased the memories of her tearful reaction to disappointment in her butterfly final.

The Australian went out hard – leading at the first and second turn – and then held on for third place as USA’s star Kathleen Ledecky powered past for gold and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom took silver.

McKeon gave up swimming for a time after missing out on selection at the London 2012 Games, but has bounced back in Rio having already claimed gold in the 4x100m relay earlier in the meeting.

Fellow Australian Bronte Barratt was also competing in the 200m freestyle race and finished a creditable fifth equal in a high-class field thanks to a personal best. 

McKeon, who had been in tears after missing out on a medal in the women’s 100m butterfly final, was understandably delighted to earn a place on the podium.

‘I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy,’ she said after clocking 1:54.92 for the race. ‘After last night I was unsure, but my coach said for me to just pretend it’s the trials and then there is not as much expectation.’ 

But she could not stay in front as Ledecky and Sjostrom proved why they are so feared, but McKeon did brilliantly to hold off the challenge of Italy’s Federica Pellegrini for the bronze.

Australia's Bronte Barratt was equal fifth in the 200m freestyle final and was also a member of the Women's 4x200m freestyle relay final

Australia’s Bronte Barratt was equal fifth in the 200m freestyle final and was also a member of the Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay final

Emma McKeon claimed a bronze medal in final of 200m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Emma McKeon claimed a bronze medal in final of 200m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Emma McKeon competes in the 200m freestyle event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Emma McKeon competes in the 200m freestyle event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

 

 

 

 

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