McKeon won her 10th career Commonwealth gold medal as part of the winning Australian team in the 4x100m freestyle relay in Birmingham on Saturday night.
She joins fellow Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones with 10 career Commonwealth gold medals.
No athlete has won more.
“It’s special – these are people I looked up to growing up and the Commonwealth Games have so much history in Australia,” McKeon said.
“They are the ones who inspired me and many other girls and guys on the team to do what we do now.
“To be a part of this history, hopefully for future generations, is pretty special.
“I know how I felt growing up and watching these people and I hope I can inspire people too.”
McKeon’s feat came after Australian para-swimmer Katja Dedekind set a world record by winning gold in the S13 50m freestyle on Saturday night.
“It’s the icing on the cake,” Dedekind said of the new benchmark.
Dedekind, who is blind in his right eye and has limited vision in his left, clocked 26.56 seconds to beat the 26.67 set by Italy’s Carlotta Gilli in 2018.
And the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team – Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti, William Yang and Kyle Chalmers – also won gold.
McKeon also won silver in the women’s 100 butterfly and Brendon Smith won silver in the men’s 400 individual medley.
And six Australians won bronze medals on Saturday night – Chelsea Hodges (women’s 50m breaststroke), Elijah Winnington (men’s 200m freestyle), Bradley Woodward (men’s 100m backstroke), Brianna Throssell (women’s 100m butterfly), Jacob Templeton (50m freestyle men S13) and Kirralee Hayes (50m freestyle S13 women).
The Australian swimming team has a collection of six gold, five silver and nine bronze at Birmingham Pool.
A night after winning the 400m freestyle final, Winnington was stuck between England’s Olympic champion Tom Dean and Scotland’s Olympic silver medalist Duncan Scot.
Scot took the gold this time around as Winnington rated his bronze swimming “in some respects” better than his 400m run.
“Tom and Duncan are first and second in the Olympics, you can’t have two best freestylers in the world let alone the Commonwealth, so I was in great company,” Winnington said.
Three Australians were the fastest in the women’s 50m freestyle semi-finals with Shayna Jack followed by Meg Harris and McKeon.
And Australian trio Zac Stubblety-Cook, Sam Williamson and Josh Yong qualified for the men’s 100m breaststroke final.
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