Tokyo – Finally, a gold medal Tokyo To Katie Ledecky.
The American star, who won her first gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle on Wednesday, is back from the awkward end of her glorious Olympic career.
This is not the breeze everyone expects on the metric mile. Ledecky had a huge lead from the start and then worked hard to prevent the burning end of American teammate Erica Sullivan.
But it was Ledecky who touched first in 15 minutes, 37.39 seconds. Sullivan won silver (15: 41.41) and bronze went to Sarah Kohler of Germany (15: 42.91).
It seemed like a morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Center for Ledecky, slightly overcame by the ups and downs she experienced within an hour.
She fell on the alley rope to hug Sullivan, often leaving an unusual scream towards the American cheering section in the empty arena, holding back tears as she dragged her eyes over her eyes before leaving the pool.
In the first final of the day, Ledecky was thrown by his Australian rival, Ariarne Ditmas, who won one of the 200 freebies to advance 2-2 over the Americans.
Ledecky did not even win a medal – this was his first time in an Olympic race. She was far behind in all respects, never higher than her fifth.
The Australian, also known as the Terminator, presented the Australian women with a third individual swimming gold with an Olympic record of 1: 53.50, which added to her amazing success at 400 free.
In the long run, Ditmus conserved his energy in the first half and then lined up to pass Ledecky with the second fastest performance in history.
She was nowhere to be found.
The reigning Olympic champion finished first in seventh place with a time of 1: 55.21 – almost 2 seconds behind the winner.
Hong Kong ‘s Siopan Hugh led the bulk of the race before being hanged for silver in 1: 53.92. The bronze went to Penny Olexiak of Canada in 1: 54.70.
“Having a great swimmer in the 400s gives me confidence in the 200s,” Ditmus said. “I thought my back end at 400 was definitely my strength. I knew I could keep it on the way home at 200.”
Ditmus was not happy about her time, but it was enough for another gold.
“Honestly, this morning was not the time I thought I could do, but it’s the Olympics and a lot more things are going on,” he said. “So here’s the win. I’m so happy.”
Italy’s Federica Bellegrini finished fifth in her fifth and seventh Olympics. He won gold in 2008 and still holds the world record.
The Americans won two medals in the women’s 200 individual medley – but they did not want to.
Yui Ohashi of Japan completed his IM sweep by knocking out Americans Alex Walsh and Kate Douglas, which increased his success at 400.
Victory time 2: 08.52. Walsh won silver at 2: 08.65 and bronze went to Douglas at 2: 09.04.
Current Olympic champion and world record holder Katinka Hossu of Hungary finished seventh. The 32-year-old is the oldest swimmer in the final.
Not surprisingly, in the men’s 200 butterfly, Hungary’s Christoph Milak dominates a – but nerve-wracking – victory.
Despite having to hastily change cases before the race, Milak won the gold by about two body lengths, which missed an opportunity to break his own world record.
Milak said he realized his case was damaged just 10 minutes before walking on the deck. He told Hungarian reporters that although it was difficult to tell from his performance in the pool, he had completely lost focus.
He held the suit in the mixed zone and put a finger through the tears before throwing it on a table in disgust.
Milak still holds the Olympic record of 1: 51.25 – more than half a second from his 2019 world record (1: 50.73) but 2 1/2 seconds ahead of the silver medalist.
Japan’s Domoro Honda finished with a time of 1: 53.73 and the bronze went to Italy’s Federico Burdisso (1: 54.45).
South African star Chad Le Close finished fifth. He won the 200 fly at the 2012 London Olympics, upsetting Michael Phelps, but not matching the Hungarian star.
Kylab Dressel threw in the semifinals of the 100 free events, the first of his three individual events. The American star released the second fastest time (47.23), which was behind Russia’s Clement Kolsnikov (47.11).
“This is exactly what I expected,” Dressel said. “It will be a fast-paced final.”
He waved the gaze of the lock for gold.
“I’ve never been a fan of favorites,” Dressel said. “It’s going to be a very fun race. I really look forward to it. I mean, honestly eight guys are in controversy, so everyone will be excited to see it. You (in the media) should be jealous to take part in it.”
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