Beautiful Campbell moment touches Australia

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A million emotions could be running through an athlete's head after being pipped for a gold medal, particularly by a countrywoman - but for Cate Campbell, it was only elation for both herself, and for teammate Emma McKeon.

Just seconds after McKeon touched the wall to secure gold, and Campbell bronze in the 100m freestyle, the pair embraced in the water.

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"Emma! You won, I'm so proud of you," Campbell exclaimed as the cameras fixated on the two.

For Campbell, it was a moment of satisfaction for her relay partner, and it summed up the selfless attitude she has always shown as an athlete and a teammate.

The beautiful moment touched Australia.

For Campbell it was also a fantastic way to exorcise the demons of Rio five years ago, when she failed to medal in this event after going in as the favourite.

After setting a new world record in the 100m freestyle earlier in 2016, Campbell blitzed the field in the heats and semi-finals, breaking the Olympic record in both swims.

Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell with their medals. (Getty)

But in the final, she finished nearly half a second slower than her semi-final effort and finished sixth, as Canada's Penny Oleksiak and American Simone Manuel both touched the wall at the exact same time and split the gold medal.

"This is my fourth Olympics, but it's only my second individual medal - it honestly means the world to me," she said after the race.

But it seemed like her personal triumphs were put to the side, such was her excitement for McKeon, who together won gold in the 4 x 100m relay.

"I'm so happy for Emma, seeing her get up, and I'm so glad there's going to be an Australian national anthem going through the stadium and I'm so glad that I get to be on the podium and share that moment with her."

Campbell began tearing up during her post-race interview, where you could see how much securing this medal meant to her.

Emma McKeon won gold in the 100m freestyle, with Cate Campbell taking bronze. (Getty)

"Coming in to this morning's performance, I really wanted to put forward my best performance, and that is pretty much a season's best. To do that in an Olympic final off a very, very challenging year that I've had, I'm really happy and emotions are going to start to get the better of me," she said through tears.

"It's been a really long journey to get here, and I'm incredibly proud of that perofmance. These aren't sad tears at all.

"I'm so thrilled and I just want to thank everyone who stood behind me, and got me to this point, because I couldn't have done it without them."

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