The Olympic champions of Australia’s swimming team have arrived back on home soil, set for 14 days quarantine at Howard Springs after a whirlwind campaign in Tokyo.
The Dolphins touched down in Darwin this morning with a little extra baggage in the form of nine gold medals, three silver and eight bronze.
Emma McKeon was among the returning swimmers, now the undisputed queen of the pool after a prolific campaign which saw her bring home four gold medals, the most by any Australian athlete at a single Games.
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Her five Games golds are also equal to swimming great Ian Thorpe’s record for an Australian Olympian.
Kaylee McKeown returns with three gold medals after dominating the 100m and 200m backstroke, plus her role in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.
Camera IconAthletes arrive at Darwin Ariport from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Credit: 7NEWS/Sunrise/ 7NEWS/Sunrise
Cate Campell’s fourth Olympic Games saw her bring home two gold medals in the 4x100m freestyle and medley relays, plus an individual bronze medal for 100m freestyle.
Ariarne Titmus is now a household name after her brilliant battle with swimming great Katie Ledecky in the pool, with the Australian claiming the 200m and 400m freestyle gold.
She also brings home the silver medal for her swim in the 800m freestyle and bronze for the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Hours before departing the host nation, Titmus said she “couldn’t be prouder” to be a part of her first Olympics.
“It’s crazy to think in just a few hours I’ll be out of here and on my way home from my first Olympic Games,” she said on social media..
“This has been an unbelievable experience with the most amazing team and I couldn’t be prouder to be apart of it.”
Camera IconAthletes arrive at Darwin Ariport from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. 7NEWS/Sunrise Credit: 7NEWS/Sunrise/ 7NEWS/Sunrise
Her coach Dean Boxall was pictured walking from the plane after becoming a viral sensation in Tokyo for his reaction to Titmus’ gold medal swim.
Izaac Stubblety-Cook also returns after claiming gold in the men’s breaststroke 200m.
Other returning athletes on board the flight include Australia’s women’s rugby sevens team, boxers, cyclists and athletics team members.