Commonwealth Games: Cody Simpson wins swimming gold medal for Australia as Emma McKeon breaks record
They’re the ultimate power couple: singer-turned-swimmer Cody Simpson has scored himself a fairy tale gold medal, while partner Emma McKeon has equalled the most gold medals in history during day two of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Australia’s stunning six-second win in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay gave McKeon her tenth gold medal, bringing her equal with Aussie swimming greats Ian Thorpe, Susie O’Neill and Liesel Jones in the record books.
It wasn’t the only comfortable relay win for Australia on day two.
The men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team also triumphed in reasonably comfortable fashion, meaning Simpson will receive a gold medal after swimming for the team in the semi finals.
Cody Simpson and partner Emma McKeon, pictured at a social event in June, have both won gold medals for Australia on day 2 of the Commonwealth Games
Simpson won a gold medal as part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team while Emma won her tenth gold medal after her swim in the women’s 4x100m
It’s an incredible achievement for someone who was singing ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ for the Queen at the last Commonwealth Games instead of swimming.
Ironically, a big part of Simpson’s gold medal was the performance of Kyle Chalmers in the final, with the third member of the so-called ‘swimming love triangle’ swimming the crucial anchor leg.
After Chalmers seemingly snubbed McKeon on the pool deck after the pair’s gold medal relay win, Simpson moved to deny reports of a frosty relationship within the Dolphins team, and said they were all ‘supportive of each other’.
Cody Simpson stands on the blocks ahead of the men’s 50m butterfly semi-final on day one of the Commonwealth Games
Regardless, no one will ever be able to take away the fact Cody Simpson has won a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
‘It’s awesome to be in there with these guys. I’ve watched them … for years so to be doing it with these guys is pretty special,’ he told News Corp prior to the final.
Simpson ditched his incredibly successful music career in 2020 to give himself a shot at representing Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Cody Simpson sings at Buckingham Palace before the 2018 Commonwealth Games
His smooth transition to the pool pushed his schedule up, and a strong performance at the National Championships earlier this year booked himself a Commonwealth Games spot.
Simpson’s high-profile switch was then followed by a blossoming relationship with McKeon, which came under the microscope during that tournement.
The pair found themselves in the middle of a reputed ‘love triangle’ during the Australian Championships in Adelaide.
Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon looking all loved up during a recent TV interview
Reports claimed that Kyle Chalmers deliberately bumped Simpson out of World Championship eligibility in the 100m butterfly by opting to contest the event.
However Chalmers – who dated McKeon for several months in 2021 – later disputed this saying he had always planned to compete in that event.
The pair then both crashed out of the 50m butterfly during day one, and Chalmers then launched a spectacular tirade at the media for their handling of the ‘love triangle’.
Kyle Chalmers gets ready for his anchor leg in Australia’s gold medal-winning swim in the 4x100m freestyle relay
‘It’s all just false news that is actually just crap, it’s honestly just a load of s*** that is not true,’ Chalmers said at a press conference on Sunday morning, addressing rumours of a rift.
‘It’s unfortunate that I can’t do anything right at this point in time.’
In a more positive slant on the day’s events, McKeon’s gold alongside Molly O’Callaghan, Shayna Jack and Madi Wilson in the 4x100m freestyle propels her into legendary status.
Emma McKeon, Mollie O’Callaghan, Shayna Jack, and Madi Wilson celebrate gold after their dominant win in the 4x100m freestyle relay
The 28-year-old has now won 10 gold medals across the Glasgow, Gold Coast and Birmingham Games, something she said she ‘didn’t realise’ until interviewed by fellow Aussie legend Cate Campbell after the race.
t’s nice to do that 10th one in a relay. It’s kind of all a bit of a blurr, I guess. It’s been over a long time, I mean my first one was 2014 and I was so young,’ she told Campbell on the Channel 7 broadcast.
‘Looking back on who I was back then, I feel like I’ve come a long way and I’m really proud of what I’ve done, but also proud of how I’ve grown as a person.’
Emma McKeon is all smiles after yet another Commonwealth Games gold medal
Commentators waxed lyrical about McKeon, and the relay team’s, accomplishments during the relay swim which almost embarrassed their competitors.
‘What a fantastic swim. What a convincing win. These women such amazing contributors to so many wins for Australia over the years,’ said commentator Basil Zemplas.
‘Incredible for Emma McKeon to backup after the hundred metre butterfly final not long ago.’
Incredible, indeed. What a role model our golden girl is for Aussie women all around the country!