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Just A Friendly Reminder That More Than Half Of Australia's Olympic Medals At Tokyo Have Been Won By Women


Look, if you're anything like me, you've been glued to the TV (and laptop screen) watching competitors from around the world perform incredible feats of athleticism and sportsmanship at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Hidilyn Diaz of Team Philippines competes during the Weightlifting - Women's 55kg Group
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In terms of how Australia is stacking up, we're doing bloody good at the Olympics. So far, we've won 31 medals in total, resulting in us sitting pretty at fourth place on the medal tally.

Bronze medalists Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin of Team Australia pose with their bronze medals during the medal ceremony for the Women's Quadruple Sculls Final
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China has secured the top place, followed by the USA and Japan.

That total is made up of 14 gold (yes, 14 — Australia had a hugely successful run during the weekend events!), three silver and 14 bronze.

Gold medalist Jessica Fox of Team Australia celebrates during the medal ceremony following the Women's Canoe Slalom final
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But want to know something cool about that number? Over half of those medals have been won by women.

Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon of Team Australia hugging after a swimming event at the Tokyo Olympics
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To be more precise, 17 of those medals are women-only, with an additional two coming from a mixed team in the tennis and the mixed 4x100m medley relay.

And when we talk about just the gold, well, women have dominated there too — being responsible for 10 out of the 14 Australia have won.

Gold medallists (from L-R) Australia's Bronte Campbell, Australia's Meg Harris, Australia's Emma Mckeon and Australia's Cate Campbell pose after the final of the women's 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event
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This is meant in no disrespect to the men who have won medals or even just competed for Australia — because that's amazing too.

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Like, I was full-on screaming at the TV during Rohan Browning's historic run in the men's 100 metres.

But in an area like sport, which is still heavily male-focused and dominated, it's fantastic to see women rise to the top and claim victory.

Emma McKeon and Chelsea Hodges of Team Australia react after winning the gold medal and breaking the olympic record for the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final
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Look no further than Emma McKeon, who has become Australia's most successful Olympian in history with 11 medals, beating the record long-held by Leisel Jones and Ian Thorpe.

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Emma has won seven medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games, which include four gold and three bronze. Adding to her other medals, that's a total of 11, which beats Leisel's and Ian's record of nine Olympic medals.

As well as the Matildas, who recently beat Great Britain to proceed to the semi-finals and are having a great run.

An Australian soccer player controls the ball during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's quarter-final football match between Britain and Australia
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It's the first time in history that they've qualified for an Olympic semi-final — and while they haven't won a medal yet, they're in with a huge chance.

The best thing about these achievements is that the rest of Australia is behind these women, cheering them on during the heats and screaming in joy when they win.

10 of Australia's 14 gold medals have been won by women! It's also been our most successful day and first week for gold medal wins at an Olympics. What a powerhouse team of athletes we have! #Olympics #AUS

So proud of the Australian Olympic women’s swim team! How awesome is it to see that the women are bringing home most of the gold medals for Australia?!

Twitter: @TheRegalHood

10 of Australia’s 12 Gold medals have been won by women. #Olympics

Twitter: @_JustinStevens_

@DanielGarb Just putting it out there… what would Australia’s medal tally look like at this Olympic Games without our female athletes? And yet, we lag behind in government funding and television airtime. Go bloody figure. YEAH THE GIRLS!!!!! 🇦🇺💚💛💚💛💚💛🇦🇺

Twitter: @ekibbs

Hopefully this energy is still here when the Olympics are over, because Australian women are going to keep achieving incredible results, no matter the odds and obstacles thrown at them.

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More funding, more coverage and more representation, so we can finally break down those stereotypical barriers that still exist in sport!

So, for all the Australian women doing us proud, this is your moment and you deserve it. 💚💛

YEAH THE GIRLS!!!! And hopefully, there's more medals to come.