Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Australian gold medalist Kaylee McKeown (left) poses with bronze medalist and teammate Emily Seebohm, whom she invited to the highest podium after the women’s 200m backstroke swim final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

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Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Australian gold medalist Kaylee McKeown (left) poses with bronze medalist and teammate Emily Seebohm, whom she invited to the highest podium after the women’s 200m backstroke swim final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

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She feels good at the top, but Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown knows she feels better when the win is shared.

The 20-year-old won her second Olympic gold medal, in the women’s 200-meter backstroke final in Tokyo on Saturday.

Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

McKeown’s teammate Emily Seebohm, 29, came out with bronze during the race. But during the medal ceremony, he did not stay long on the third step of the podium.

As the Australian national anthem played, McKeown invited Seebohm to share the top step of the podium with her. There, Seebohm placed the McKeown medal around his neck, which she had asked to do before the two left for the medal ceremony. The two stood side by side and sang the hymn together.

“A beautiful moment for Australia”, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee tweeted next to a photo of their hug.

The race marked the last swim of Seebohm’s Olympic career. She could be seen crying by the pool after the race.

Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics: NPR

The historic moment for Seebohm was one of the reasons McKeown said it took her to the highest podium.

“For her to come to her last Olympics and get third place on that podium, I thought, ‘Why not? She can stand on this podium with me, so why not take her to the first place where she also belongs. ? ‘ “McKeown told reporters after the race. “It was quite emotional. She had some tears in her eyes, me too. But having her by my side singing the national anthem was very special.”

Josie Fischels is an in-house member of the NPR news desk.

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