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Olympics: Australia's top medal hopes

The Olympic Games in Paris are fast approaching and it looks like being a fruitful few months for the Australian squad.

Australia performed well in Tokyo in 2021 when winning 46 medals, with 17 of them being gold, but they will be looking to surpass that in Paris.

It goes without saying the competition will be fierce, but Australia will look to be up there on the medals table.

United States, China, Great Britain, France and Japan are all expected to go well, but Australia could be in the mix as well if things go according to plan.

Let’s take a look at some of Australia’s best medal hopes.

Mollie O’Callaghan

Australia look set to do most damage in the swimming pool and a number of gold medals could be heading their way.

Mollie O’Callaghan is expected to star in Paris and is in with a great chance of taking gold in the 100m and 200m freestyle.

The 20-year-old currently holds the women’s 100m and 200m freestyle world record, and could end up with six gold medals in Paris.

That will depend on Australia also sweeping the board in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle, 4x100m medley and 4x100m mixed medley.

Kaylee McKeown

Staying in the pool and Kaylee McKeown will also be in the hunt for three individual gold medals in Paris.

She will be looking to add to the gold medals she won in the 100m and 200m backstroke in Tokyo, by getting the job done once again.

Not only that, she will be looking to take gold in the 200m individual medley.

McKeown will also be taking part in multiple relays and it could be a huge Olympic Games for her.

Emma McKeon

Emma McKeon won both the 50m and 100m freestyle gold medals in Tokyo, and the goal will be to retain them in Paris.

She will be up against Mollie O’Callaghan in the 100m freestyle, so is likely to be an outsider, but as far as Australia goes, it is a win/win situation.

She will also compete in the 100m butterfly and multiple relays.

Jess Fox

Jess Fox is regarded as the best female canoe slalom athlete in history and looks set to dominate once again in Paris.

She won gold in Tokyo in the canoe single (C1) and is the hot fancy to retain it in Paris.

Not only that, Fox will be targeting her first gold medal in the kayak single (K1) event.

Logan Martin

Logan Martin made history when becoming the first man to win Olympic gold in the BMX freestyle in Tokyo.

Martin has confessed to being highly-motivated to win back-to-back gold medals, but admits it will be a ‘massive challenge’.

Even so, he is the hot fancy to strike gold once again.

Nicola Olyslagers and Eleanor Patterson

Australia have two genuine chances of winning gold in the women’s high jump, with Nicola Olyslagers and Eleanor Patterson set to go head-to-head.

Olyslagers won the silver medal at Tokyo in 2021, while Patterson won the world championship title in 2022.

There is a great chance of one them winning gold in Paris.

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