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Australia sixth on Olympics medal tally


Australia finished its Tokyo Olympics campaign with 46 medals and 17 gold to place sixth on the medal tally – equalling its record from Athens 2004.

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The US snuck past China on the final day to lead the Tokyo table with 39 gold from China (38), Japan (27), Britain (22) and Russian OC (20).

Australian swimmer Emma McKeon led the global individual medal tally with four gold and three bronze medals.

Fellow Aussie swimmers Kaylee McKeown (three gold, one bronze) and Ariarne Titmus (two gold, one silver, one bronze) were also high on the list, which included US swimmer  Caeleb Dressel with five gold.

High jumper Nicola McDermott’s silver medal on Saturday night and bronze for the Boomers men’s basketball team were Australia’s last medals of the games.

McDermott’s medal added to track and field bronzes won by Decathlete Ash Moloney and javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber.

The swim team’s nine gold medals at the Tokyo Games surpassed the nation’s previous record of eight golds at Melbourne’s 1956 Olympics.

And the total of 20 medals in Tokyo, including three silver and eight bronze medals, equalled Australian swimming’s record haul at the 2008 Beijing Games.

-with AAP

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