Australia has won three gold hours in the space of two hours in a historic day for our athletes at the Tokyo Olympics.
Logan Martin has made history as the first ever gold medalist in the BMX freestyle, a sport which is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo.
The young Queensland dad, 27, from the Gold Coast wowed viewers back home with an incredible display of tricks to claim Australia’s third gold medal within two hours.
Earlier, Australia’s golden girls of the pool smashed records and lifted an entire country’s spirits with another amazing morning in the pool.
Emma McKeon won two gold medals in the space of 45 minutes to become Australia’s most successful Olympic athlete of all time.
The 27-year-old won the 50m freestyle in an Olympic record before claiming her fourth gold medal of the meet in the 4x100m women’s medley.
Australia’s second gold of the day, and ninth of the Games, came after a blistering anchor leg from superstar Cate Campbell.
McKeon is now Australia’s most successful Olympian ever with 11 medals from two Games, including seven in Tokyo.
Australia is expected to win a 14th gold in the sailing later on Sunday, where Matt Wearn only needs to finish the course without disqualification to confirm victory in the Laser class.
Emma McKeon (left) celebrates with Kaylee McKeown and Chelsea Hodges after they won gold in 4x100m women’s medley relay
BMX freestyle rider Logan Martin won Australia’s 13th gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday
Martin scored 93.30 in his first run on Sunday to secure the win after posting the top scores in Saturday’s seeding runs.
Venezuelan veteran Daniel Dhers, the oldest rider in the field at the age of 36, won silver with 92.05 and British rider Declan Brooks on 90.80.
It’s been a whirlwind few months for Martin, who announced just a few weeks ago that he and his wife Kim were expecting their second child due in January.
He built a BMX ramp in his backyard to train for the Olympics.
‘I have no words. It’s still sinking in,’ Martin told Channel Seven afterwards.
‘I came into the final with all the pressure in the world on me and I overcome that and I managed to win the event off my first run. I honestly can’t believe it. I’m so stoked.
Dual gold medalist Kaylee McKeown and breaststroker Chelsea Hodges set up the relay performance before McKeon swam the third butterfly leg.
Australia was still trailing the US when Campbell dived into the pool for the final freestyle leg before she snatched gold in the dying stages in an Olympic record time.
Campbell, 29, finished seventh in the 50m freestyle final half an hour earlier before her heroic relay leg in what could be her last swim at Olympic level.
‘Oh my gosh. I still just can’t believe that we just did that,’ Campbell told Channel Seven post-race.
‘That is an incredible effort by everyone.
‘I think that obviously I was a little bit disappointed with my 50 freestyle earlier, but I just kind of told myself that you find out what you’re made of in the times when things don’t go your way, not when things don’t go your way, not when things are working well for you.’
‘And I took that mindset into this race and I just thought, ‘You have to be brave and get back out there.’
The medley relay team of Emma McKeon, Chelsea Hodges, Kaylee McKeown and Cate Campbell celebrate Australia’s ninth gold medal in the pool
McKeon was unable to join her relay teammates for the post-race interview as she was collecting her 50m gold medal.
The men’s 4x 100 men’s medley relay were unable to repeat the girls’ efforts, finishing fifth in the last event of the swimming program in Tokyo.
Kaylee McKeown will go home with three gold medals after winning the 100 and 200metre backstroke double.
Being in a team so, so much better, there is so much more hype around it and I’m with girls who are so decorated in the sport,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t be prouder of our team.’
Her teammate McKeon goes home with gold in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 4x 100 metre women’s freestyle and medley relays.
She also goes home with bronze in the 4×100 mixed medley, 4x200m freestyle relay and 100m butterfly.
It’s on top of McKeon’s efforts in Rio five years ago, where she won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, silver in the 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays and bronze in the 200m freestyle.
‘I never thought that I would win a 50 freestyle because I have been training for the 200 my whole life but I knew after my 100 was so good and I’ve been training so well,’ she said.
‘I definitely had that belief in myself and I knew I could go out there if I put it altogether I knew I could win.’
Earlier on Sunday, McKeon, 27, went into the 50m race as the raging hot favourite before storming home to win in 23.81 seconds, 0.26 ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, while defending champion Pernille Blume claimed bronze.
Emma McKeon has done it again with another gold medal after winning the 50 freestyle
It was the third time in two days McKeon has broken the Olympic record after smashing the record in her heat and semi-final.
McKeon will go home with seven medals and will likely claim a seventh later on Sunday in the women’s 4x 100metre medley relay.
If McKeon was a country, she would be 19th on the overall medal tally.
Going into the 50m final, McKeon was equal with former swimming champions Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones as the most successful Olympians with nine medals.
The women’s medley relay was Australia’s ninth gold medal in the pool in Tokyo.
Aussie golden girl Emma KcKeon (left) celebrates her 50m win with fellow Aussie Cate Campbell (right), who finished seventh
Australia has overtaken Russia to claim fourth spot on the overall medal tally with 12 gold, three silver and 14 bronze.
On Saturday, McKeon provided an insight into how the all-conquering Aussie swimmers are inspiring one by showing off the team’s common room adorned with current squad achievements.
The likes of McKeon, who won the 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay, middle distance star Ariarne Titmus, dual gold medalist Kaylee McKeown and freestyle gun Kyle Chalmers all feature, as well as catch phrases to fire the team up such as ‘digging deep’, ‘Yeah the Girls’ and ‘it’s all about our team.’
Emma McKeon is Australia’s most successful Olympian with 11 medals