Tokyo Olympics : Katie Ledecky win first-ever gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle
At last, a gold medal in Tokyo for Katie Ledecky.
The American star bounced back from the most exceedingly awful completion of her brilliant Olympic career to take the first-historically speaking gold medal in quite a women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Wednesday.
It wasn’t exactly the breeze that everybody expected in the metric mile. Ledecky assembled a major lead directly from the beginning, then, at that point endeavored to hold off American partner Erica Sullivan’s blazing finish.
Be that as it may, it was Ledecky contacting first in quite a while, 37.39 seconds. Sullivan asserted the silver (15:41.41), while the bronze went to Germany’s Sarah Kohler (15:42.91).
It was a significant morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Center for Ledecky, who appeared to be a piece overwhelmed by the high points and low points she encountered in barely 60 minutes.
She tumbled over the path rope to give Sullivan an embrace, let out a uncharacteristic scream toward the American cheering section in the generally vacant field and appeared to keep down tears as she pulled her goggles down over her eyes prior to leaving the pool.
In her first last of the day, Ledecky was passed up her Australian rival, Ariarne Titmus, who made it 2-for-2 over the American with a triumph in the 200 free.
Ledecky didn’t win a medal — the first occasion when that is at any point happened to her in an Olympic race. She was a long ways behind as far as possible, never getting any higher than her fifth-place finish.
The Australian known as the Terminator gave the Australian women their third individual swimming gold with an Olympic record of 1:53.50, adding to her thrilling victory in the 400 free.
In the more drawn out race, Titmus rationed her energy over the primary half, then, at that point revitalized to pass Ledecky with the second-fastest performance in history.
She was mysteriously gone.
The defending Olympic champion made the primary flip in seventh spot and completed in 1:55.21 – almost 2 seconds behind the winner.
Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong drove a large part of the race prior to holding tight to take the silver in 1:53.92. The bronze went to Canada’s Penny Oleksiak in 1:54.70.
“Obviously having a great swim in the 400 gives me confidence coming into the 200,” Titmus said. “I thought my back end was definitely my strength in the 400. I knew I could have that on the way home in the 200.”
Titmus wasn’t too satisfied with her time, yet it was sufficient for another gold.
“Honestly, it’s not the time that I thought I could do this morning, but it’s the Olympics and there’s a lot of other stuff going on,” she said. “So it’s just about winning here. I’m very happy.”
Italy’s Federica Pellegrini of Italy completed seventh in her fifth and last Olympics. She won the gold in 2008 is as yet the world-record holder.
The Americans additionally two or three awards in the ladies’ 200 individual variety — yet not the one they needed.
Japan’s Yui Ohashi finished her IM clear by beating Americans Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass, adding to her victory in the 400.
The triumphant time was 2:08.52. Walsh asserted the silver in 2:08.65, while the bronze went to Douglass in 2:09.04.
Defending Olympic champion and world record-holder Katinka Hosszu of Hungary completed seventh. She was the most established swimmer in the last at age 32.
There were no surprises in the men’s 200 butterfly, with Kristof Milak of Hungary frolicking to an overwhelming — but instead nerve-wracking — triumph.
Milak won the gold by around two body lengths in spite of having to quickly change suits before the race, which cost him an opportunity to break his own reality record.
Milak said that he realized about 10 minutes prior to strolling on deck that his suit was harmed. He disclosed to Hungarian journalists that he completely lost center, however it was difficult to tell from his exhibition in the pool.
He held up the suit in the blended zone, putting a finger through the tear prior to throwing it on a table in disdain.
Milak actually contacted in an Olympic record of 1:51.25 — in excess of a half-second off his 2019 world record (1:50.73) however exactly 2 1/2 seconds in front of the silver medalist.
Japan’s Tomoru Honda completed in 1:53.73, while the bronze went to Italy’s Federico Burdisso (1:54.45).
South African star Chad le Clos completed fifth. He won the 200 fly at the 2012 London Olympics, disturbing Michael Phelps, yet was no counterpart for the Hungarian star.
Caeleb Dressel floated through the elimination rounds of the 100 free, his first of three individual occasions. The American star posted the second-quickest time (47.23), simply behind Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (47.11).
“That’s about what I expected,” Dressel said. “It’s going to be a fast final.”
He shook off the view that he’s a lock for the gold.
“I’ve never been a fan of favorites,” Dressel said. “It’s going to be a really fun race. Really looking forward to it. I mean, there’s quite honestly eight guys in contention, so it’s going to be exciting for everyone to watch. You guys (in the media) should be jealous I get to take part in it.”