The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021
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28 LIFESTYLE SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 AUSTRALIAS golden streak at the Tokyo Olympics is showing no signs of ending after Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm qualified for todays 200m backstroke final. The Dolphins have won gold on each of the first six days of swimming, with Emma McKeon chalking up win number six yesterday. Australia has a great chance of making that seven in a row after Seebohm, competing in her fourth Olympics, set the fastest qualifying time of 2:07.12. You know a fair bit of a drop from last night which is always really good, Seebohm said. Thats what we wanted, you know, being in that first semi I didnt really have a chance to see how other people went so its basically just trying to set the pace for that. McKeown, who is the favourite to win her second gold after already taking out the 100m backstroke title, qualified fifth after coasting to the wall in 2:07.93. Aussie teammates set for backstroke quinella JULIAN LINDEN & ERIN SMITH Kaylee McKeown. 04 THE moment that Cate Campbell had been waiting and dreaming about for the past five years happened so quickly, it caught her completely by surprise. She knew as soon as she touched the wall after her 100m freestyle final at the Tokyo Olympics that she had swum well. She had raced her heart out. She had executed everything she wanted, and best of all, she hadnt had a repeat of her self-described choke in the final at Rio in 2016. But in a sport where success is invariably judged by the colour of the medals that swimmers receive, there was still a nagging doubt in her head about whether she had truly banished the demons from Rio. So she took a deep breath, huddled into the blocks, head bowed, before slowly turning around to look at the scoreboard at the other end of the pool to see where she finished. The look of relief, then jubilation, on her face said it all. It was real. She had placed third and won the bronze medal. She could not have been happier had she touched first and got the gold. This is my fourth Olympics, but this is only my second in dividual medal, she BEIJING, CHINA 2008 Won bronze in the womens 50m freestyle Won bronze in the womens 4x100m freestyle relay LONDON, ENGLAND 2012 Won gold in the womens 4x100m freestyle relay RIO, BRAZIL 2016 Won gold in the womens 4x100m freestyle relay Won silver in the womens 4x100m medley relay TOKYO, JAPAN 2020 (2021) Won gold in the womens 4x100m freestyle relay (WR) Won bronze in the womens 100m freestyle. The Beast of the Tokyo pool in line for six gold medals THE useless comparisons with Michael Phelps do a terrible disservice to Caeleb Dressel. With 23 Olympic gold medals in his possession, Phelps is in a league of his own so its futile to measure anyone elses achievements against his. Dressel will never win as many gold medals as the GOAT but that doesnt mean he is inferior to his fellow American because, in some ways, he might even be better, though you wont ever hear him say that. I dont think its fair to Michael, he told NBC. Hes a better swimmer than me. Im completely fine with saying that. Thats not my goal in the sport, to beat Michael. Im a very different athlete than Michael. He was at a whole other level. Built like a beast, the heavily tattooed Dressel is bigger and stronger than Phelps, and faster over sprint distances. He broke Phelps 100m butterfly world record and is quicker than him over 50m and 100m freestyle, but Phelps holds the edge in longer, more versatile events. With Phelps now retired and working in the commentary booth, Dressel has slipped comfortably into the role of the best male swimmer in the world, and is only enhancing his reputation in Tokyo, where he remains on track to win a staggering six gold medals. Hes already won two in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the individual 100m freestyle when he pipped Australias Kyle Chalmers by just 0.06sec and he could win two more on each of the final two days. The 24-year-old from Florida is favoured to win golds in the 50m freestyle and two medley relays, and also the 100m butterfly, where he has to take on another brute force, the Hungarian Kristof Milak, who snatched the 200m butterfly world record from Phelps. It promises to be a hot race and that suits Dressel just fine. JULIAN LINDEN CATES BRONZE OVATION A TRADIE turned Olympian is vying for a podium finish in Saturdays 100m butterfly final. Matt Temple, 22, swam 51.12s on Friday, putting him in sixth position for the final a lifelong dream for the Victorian scaffolder. I am pretty relieved seeing my name on the final after coming fourth in the semi-final I was a bit iffy, but the time was pretty quick, he said. Its pretty surreal to be in the final at the Olympics and hope fully I can improve on that time. Asked if he could make the podium, he said: It seems pretty close in the field, I touched within 1/100th of the second, so who knows what can happen. Likeable tradie fights way into Games final Temple. Bronze medallist Cate Campbell (right) throws her arm around 100m freestyle winner and fellow Aussie Emma McKeon on Friday in Tokyo. Picture: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Dressel.
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