TOKYO – Oddly enough, Alaska has an Olympic swimming champion.
Lydia jacoby, aged 17, gave United States a victory Tuesday in the 100-meter breaststroke, beating her partner and defending champion, Lilly king.
Jacoby she was the first swimmer from Alaska to make the Olympic swimming team. Now, he will return to Seward – a city with 2,773 inhabitants – with a gold medal, after touching the finish line with a time of 1: 04.95 seconds.
The South African Tatjana Schoenmaker finished in second place with 1: 05.22, while King contributed to the medal account of United States when hanging the bronze with time of 1: 05.54.
The surprising triumph of Jacoby rescued a disappointing day for United States, which only accumulated a couple of bronzes until the teenager jumped into the pool of the Aquatic center.
Jacoby I was third in the middle of the competition, behind Schoenmaker and of King. But with an incessant rhythm, it passed King and she outscored the South African in the last two strokes.
Watching the screen in disbelief, he finally realized his feat when Schoenmaker got into her lane to hug her. Then it was his turn to receive congratulations from King as the new queen of chest style in United States.
“I was definitely going for a medal. I knew I could do it,” he said. Jacoby. “I wasn’t really expecting the gold, so when I looked at the board it was amazing.”
King, who rose to fame for his results and opinions on doping, was satisfied with the bronze.
“I am very happy for Lydia“, he commented King. “I love to see the future of the back in United States and have a compatriot to compete with. I definitely knew he was a threat and I really empathized with his effort. “
In the men’s branch, the team of United States lost a competition on the back in Olympic Games for the first time since 1992.
The representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee they stayed with the first two places in the 100 meter backstroke thanks to Evgeny rylov, with a time of 51.98 seconds and Kliment Kolesnikov hanging the silver in 52.00 seconds.
The last Olympic champion, Ryan murphy, settled for third position on the podium with a time of 52.19.
It was the first loss for the American men’s team in backstroke style in Olympic Games from Barcelona 1992. They won 12 consecutive golds in the last six events, including first places in Murphy in the 100 and 200 meters in Rio 2016.
“Winning an Olympic gold means that you are the best in the world,” he declared. Murphy. “Being third place is not bad at all.”
To Australia Y Britain it was a spectacular morning.
The world record holder Kaylee mckeown gave the women’s team Australia another gold in the pool, now in the 100 meter backstroke, and an Olympic record.
His time of 57.47 seconds was just shy of the world record he set this year at 57.45. The silver went to the Canadian Kylie masse with 57.72 seconds, while the American and world leader, Regan Smith, stayed in third position with a time of 58.05 seconds.
Facing the Olympic joust, Australia had not achieved an individual women’s title since 2008. They now have two, after the triumph of Ariarne titmus Monday in the 400 meters freestyle.
“My legs definitely hurt 20 meters from the finish,” said the champion. “I’m sure it would have been noticed a lot on television. But I knew I had trained for this and I knew I had a good finish and a very good chance of being on the podium.”
In another test, Britain he made the 1-2 in the 200 freestyle. Tom dean He took the gold with a time of 1: 44.22 seconds, while his compatriot Duncan scott finished in second place with 1: 44.26. The brazilian Fernando Scheffer completed the podium with 1: 44.66.
The triumph of Dean has a special flavor when taking into account that he was sick twice from COVID-19 before the Olympic joust.
“It was quite difficult,” he admitted. “It was difficult being out of the water. Obviously it requires a lot of recovery, due to the nature of the disease. It was difficult and it was a very turbulent road.”