- America’s best swimmer, Katie Ledecky, has to concede defeat to Australia’s Ariarn Titmus in the final of the 400m freestyle.
- Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom cannot replicate her Olympic title from Rio 2016 at the 100m butterfly in Tokyo. Canada’s Margaret McNeil wins the gold medal.
- Against Britain’s Adam Petty, as expected, there was no turf over 100 metres.
400m freestyle: Titmus defeats Ledecky again
At the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Ariarn Titmus has already beaten Katie Ledecky in the 400m freestyle. Now the Australian has repeated this coup on the largest possible stage, the Olympic Games.
Ledecky led the race for a long time, but was overtaken by Titmus before the final turn at the 350m mark. The 20-year-old from Brisbane couldn’t be denied an advance in recent length. Bronze went to Chinese Bingjie Li.
100m butterfly: Sjöström has no chance
After being hit hard, Sarah Sjostrom had to congratulate Margaret McNeill, who started right alongside her, on her Olympic victory after the 100-meter butterfly. The 21-year-old Canadian showed off an absolute sprint at the Tokyo Aquatics Center and stayed just 11 hundred above the world record set by Sjöström in 2016 of 55.48 seconds.
Behind McNeill, China’s Yufei Zhang took the silver, and Emma McKeown (Australia) completed the podium in third place. For Sjöström, who broke her elbow in February of this year, she finished only seventh with a time of 56.91 seconds.
100m Chest: Betty is in a league of his own
In the men’s category, Adam Petty was not given the opportunity to compete on the chest for 100 meters. As in 2016 in Rio, the 26-year-old Briton won the gold medal. Petty took 0.63 seconds off the silver medalist Arnaud Kamenga of the Netherlands. Italian Niccol Martinengi was delighted with the bronze award.
4 x 100m men’s freestyle relay: USA ahead of Italy and Australia
On the third day of the swimmers’ competition, the United States won the relay gold. In the 4x100m freestyle, Caleb Dressel, Blake Peroni, Bowen Becker and Zach Apple of Italy and Australia fell to 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.
With a time of 3:08.97 minutes, the American quad was only 75 percent higher than the world record set by the United States in Beijing in 2008.
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