Live Swimming Updates: Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus Win Gold, British Men Take the 4×200 Relay

Current time in Tokyo: July 28, 1:28 p.m.

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The 4×200-meter males’s freestyle relay was what everybody anticipated it to be — a coronation for British males.

Tom Dean and Duncan Scott claimed gold and silver medals in the 200 freestyle earlier this week and shaped the spine of a virtually unattainable to beat British staff.

The British males took management in the second half of the race and missed the world document by simply three one-hundreths of a second. The Russian staff took the silver, ending just a little greater than three seconds again, and Australia edged out the American staff by just a little greater than a half-second to take the bronze.






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Katie Ledecky gained her first gold medal of the Tokyo Games on Wednesday, dominating the 1,500-meter freestyle, simply as she was anticipated to.

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For Ledecky, the 1,500 victory in quarter-hour 37.34 seconds capped off a busy morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. It got here just a little greater than an hour after she suffered the largest disappointment of her Olympic career as she did not get on the podium in the 200-meter freestyle race.

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Erica Sullivan of the United States completed second in 15:41.41, greater than 4 seconds behind Ledecky however ok for silver. Sarah Kohler of Germany gained bronze in 15:42.91.

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This was the first time girls have been in a position to race at 1,500 meters at the Olympic Games, although males have been competing at the distance for many years.

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Ledecky was a body-length forward of Jianjiahe Wang of China after 200 meters and 5 meters forward at the 300-meter mark. Breathing each different stroke, and stretching her lead on every flip, she swam in cruise management for the the rest of the race, an extended take a look at that’s each mentally and bodily exhausting.

But the longer the race, the stronger Ledecky is. The race rapidly was a race for second place.






Ledecky is main by almost 3 seconds with 12 lengths to go.

With 20 lengths to go, Ledecky is already rising her lead on the remainder of the subject. She is displaying no signal of fatigue from her final remaining, just a little over an hour in the past. It’s outstanding that she’s in there swimming a few mile so quickly afterward.

In the 1,500-meter freestyle, the longest swimming occasion of the Games, Ledecky is already a few physique size forward of her closest competitor, Jianjiahe Wang of China.

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Yui Ohashi of Japan gained her second gold medal of the Tokyo Games in the girls’s 200-meter particular person medley, ending in 2:08:52.

Ohashi got here on sturdy in the remaining 25 meters to overhaul Americans Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh by seven one-hundreths of a second.

Walsh completed simply forward of Douglass, her University of Virginia teammate, who gained the bronze in 2:09.04.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the defending champion and world- document holder, was in the race, however Hosszu has did not match her earlier kind. She completed seventh.

This race was wide-open, particularly after top-seeded Kaylee McKeown withdrew from the medley to deal with backstroke occasions. With Hosszu off, there was no apparent favourite, and the two American youngsters had been unproven at the elite worldwide stage. They usually are not anymore, and neither is Ohashi.







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Heading into the Tokyo Games, Katie Ledecky had by no means lost a person race at the Olympics, a run that stretched to her shock win as a 15-year-old 9 years in the past in London.

That undefeated document, mixed with Ledecky’s dominance in races longer than 200 meters, had made her swimming’s model of Serena Williams, an athlete almost everybody in the sport stops to look at when she hits the water.

Now she has lost twice, each instances in races the place she was defending a gold medal from the 2016 Rio Games, and each instances to Ariarne Titmus of Australia, who has rapidly grow to be certainly one of the largest stars of the Tokyo Olympics.

Titmus beat Ledecky by two-thirds of a second in the 400-meter freestyle on Monday, with Ledecky settling for silver. Then Titmus crushed her in the 200 free on Wednesday, as Ledecky completed fifth, 1.71 seconds behind Titmus’s new Olympic document.

In equity to Ledecky, most champions lose, even in races they dominate. Michael Phelps has a silver medal in the 200 butterfly from the London Olympics, a race he was by no means imagined to lose (he gained it once more 4 years later).

Coming into the Tokyo Games, Titmus was the solely swimmer who had crushed Ledecky in a distance race at a serious meet. But that was at the 2019 world championships, when Ledecky was battling a virus. Still, Titmus had put a goal on her rival’s again, saying at Australia’s Olympic trials that the U.S. champion and her American teammates wouldn’t have all the things their approach in Tokyo.

Ledecky had lengthy been thought-about almost untouchable at any distance greater than 200 meters. But swimming is the final sport of one-upsmanship. Records fall with shocking frequency, and Titmus had been chasing Ledecky’s for the previous three years.

Ledecky continues to be anticipated to dominate in the 1,500 freestyle afterward Wednesday, which Titmus shouldn’t be competing in. But it’s clear that her unchallenged reign over shorter distances is over.

Katie Ledecky in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Trials.
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For the first time, there will probably be a girls’s 1,500-meter freestyle Olympic champion. The remaining begins at 10:54 p.m. Eastern. Katie Ledecky of the U.S. is the heavy favourite, having raced to the quickest qualifying time. Astonishingly, she can also be the solo proprietor of the prime ten instances in the girls’s occasion in historical past.

It has been a males’s occasion at the Olympics since 1904. Women have been competing in it at the world championships since 2001, however they’re swimming in it for the first time in the Summer Games in Tokyo.

Olympic-size swimming pools are 50 meters in size, so it takes 30 laps to succeed in 1,500 meters, which is 0.93 miles. It is the longest Olympic swimming occasion that’s not in open water.

If you’re swimming in your native pool, which is often 25 yards lengthy, that’s 66 laps.

Katie Ledecky swam her 1,500-meter qualifying time in quarter-hour, 35.35 seconds. Her world document, set in 2018, is 15:20.48.

Attendants show hand-operated lap counters above the water as a swimmer is about to make her flip.

It’s a approach for them to heat up their muscle groups by rising blood stream to them proper earlier than their race.

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Kristof Milak of Hungary did what he often does in the 200-meter butterfly: destroy the subject in a race that was by no means unsure.

Milak, the world-record holder, gained the gold medal with a wide ranging time of 1:51.25, simply off his world document of 1:50.73. It was a brand new Olympic document.

Milak had little competitors in the occasion. He was greater than a full physique and two seconds forward of Tomoru Honda of Japan, who gained the silver, and three seconds forward of Federico Burdisso of Italy, who gained the bronze.

Michael Phelps gained this race at three of the previous 4 Olympic Games. But Milak is the type of swimmer who ought to hold Phelps in retirement, and his win Wednesday was very possible the first of many Olympic medals he’ll gather in his career.






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Five days into the Olympic swim meet, one factor has grow to be completely clear: Ariarne Titmus is quick turning into swimming’s new queen.

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For the second time in three days, Titmus, the younger Australian sensation, gained a gold medal, this time in the 200-meter freestyle, beating a subject that included Katie Ledecky, the reigning Olympic champion in the occasion.

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Five years after her victory in Rio de Janeiro, although, Ledecky was far off Titmus’s tempo, ending fifth, and she clearly has all that she will be able to handle at distances of 400 meters or much less.

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Titmus claimed her second gold medal of the video games and a candy victory for swimming-mad Australia, profitable in 1:53.50, a brand new Olympic document. Ledecky completed fifth in 1:55.21. Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong took the silver and Penny Oleksiak of Canada took the bronze.

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The final result was not a shock. Titmus had been quicker than Ledecky in the 200 meters this year, although the two haven’t raced towards one another in two years. It is Ledecky’s weakest particular person occasion. Still, Ledecky got here into these Games chasing 5 gold medals — 4 particular person and one in a relay. So far she has one silver medal.

That ought to change in roughly an hour, when Ledecky swims the 1,500-meter freestyle, a race by which she has little competitors.

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Katie Ledecky is nearly unbeatable at long distances like the 1,500 meters.
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Ever since the schedule for the Olympic swim meet was launched years in the past, Wednesday has been thought-about Katie Ledecky day.

It’s the day the world’s prime feminine swimmer — sure, although she lost the 400-meter freestyle Monday, she is the world’s most versatile and spectacular swimmer — will get to go for the gold medal in two races which can be vastly totally different.

First up is the 200-meter freestyle remaining. Ledecky is the defending gold medalist in the occasion, however the race is a rematch between her and Ariarne Titmus of Australia, who beat Ledecky on Monday and is quicker at shorter distances at the second. Ledecky goes to want a particular gear to return out on prime on this one.

After that race concludes, she may have 62 minutes to prepare for the 1,500-meter freestyle remaining. It’s the first time girls have been given the probability to compete at this distance at the Olympics, although the males have been racing the 1,500 meters for years. (Misogyny dies a gradual and painful demise in worldwide sports activities.)

Ledecky has been a distance freak since she was a small youngster, and she seems almost untouchable in the 1,500 — until she is a bit worn out from the 200. There won’t be one other swimmer in the 1,500 who raced in the 200 remaining an hour earlier than.

Still, it might be past surprising if Ledecky didn’t win the gold medal in the 1,500.

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the defending champion and world-record holder in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. 
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Katie Ledecky is competing in two swimming finals this morning in Tokyo. The different medal occasions in the lineup are the males’s 200-meter butterfly and 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and the girls’s 200-meter particular person medley.

The males’s 200-meter butterfly options the type of swimmer that makes Michael Phelps glad he’s retired. Phelps gained this race in three of the final 4 Olympiads. But in 2019 Kristof Milak of Hungary shattered Phelps’s document in the occasion by eight-tenths of a second. No one is even near him on this race.

In the girls’s 200-meter particular person medley, Kate Douglass of the United States had the quickest time in qualifying, however it is a pretty wide-open race. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the defending champion and world-record holder, is in the race, however she has not been in her previous kind to date this week.

The 4×200-meter freestyle relay must be a coronation for Britain, particularly after Tom Dean and Duncan Scott went one-two in the 200 free on Tuesday. They are going to be powerful to beat, however by no means depend out Americans and Australians in a swimming relay.

Ariarne Titmus of Australia after winning gold in the women’s 400-meter freestyle on Monday.
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Ariarne Titmus of Australia gained gold in the girls’s 400-meter freestyle on Monday, beating defending champion and world-record holder Katie Ledecky from the United States.

Now the two will duel once more in the 200-meter freestyle, the first remaining on at this time’s program.

Titmus, who’s competing in her first Olympics, referred to as her triumph in the 400 free “surreal,” including that it was “the biggest thing you can do in your sporting career.”

Titmus, 20, is from Tasmania, a small island-state off the south coast of Australia. According to her profile on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics website, she started swimming at 7, and her success has earned her the nickname the Terminator.

Titmus joined the Australian Dolphins Swim Team in 2016, and a year later, went on to win a bronze medal in the girls’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2017 World Championships.

At the world brief course championships in 2018, a world swimming competitors, Titmus gained gold medals in the 200-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle, the place she additionally set a world document for the occasion together with her time of three:53.92.

That year, Titmus additionally gained gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, a multisport occasion amongst the numerous nations of the British Commonwealth held each 4 years.

Her medal haul continued at the 2019 FINA World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea, the place Titmus handed Ledecky her first-ever main worldwide loss, when she gained gold in the 400-meter freestyle.

At that very same competitors, Titmus went on to win gold together with her staff in the 4×200-meter freestyle, setting a world document in the course of. Titmus additionally gained silver in the 200-meter freestyle and bronze in the 800-meter freestyle.

Kate Douglass of the United States will swim the women’s 200-meter individual medley.
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Starting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time, NBC will broadcast a few of the most anticipated swimming competitions as a part of its prime-time Olympics protection.

They embody the girls’s 200-meter freestyle, the place Katie Ledecky of the United States will as soon as once more be challenged by Ariarne Titmus of Australia, who beat her at 400 meters, and the Olympic premiere of the girls’s 1,500 free, the place Ledecky is the favourite for gold.

Other gold medal occasions on deck are the girls’s 200-meter particular person medley and the males’s 200-meter butterfly.

The scheduled instances of the medal occasions are:

  • 9:41 p.m. Eastern time: Women’s 200-meter freestyle remaining

  • 9:49 p.m.: Men’s 200 butterfly remaining

  • 10:45 p.m.: Women’s 200 particular person medley remaining

  • 10:54 p.m.: Women’s 1,500 free remaining

  • 11:26 p.m.: Men’s 4×200 free relay remaining

NBC’s protection may also be streamed on and on its Peacock service.

Lydia Jacoby is the first Alaskan to compete and win gold in Olympic swimming.
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TOKYO — As anticipated, an American lady was edging forward in the girls’s 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday morning.

But the American was not named Lilly King, the defending Olympic champion and world-record holder. Instead, in the race of her life, Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old Alaskan, tapped the wall first and then gazed towards the scoreboard at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. It took her a nanosecond to register the consequence.

“Insane,” she mentioned.

Swimming has delivered surprises at the Tokyo Games, and Jacoby’s gold medal efficiency ranked amongst the most surprising to date. The first Alaskan to compete in Olympic swimming, she trains together with her native membership, the Seward Tsunami Swim Club, which isn’t to be confused with the regular powerhouse applications from California and Texas.

On Tuesday, towards the highest in the world, Jacoby proved that geography didn’t appear to matter that a lot in any respect.

“I think that me coming from a small club and a state with such a small population just shows everyone that you can do it no matter where you’re from,” mentioned Jacoby, who will probably be a senior in highschool this fall.

Classmates and buddies cheered her on from afar at watch events in Seward — and went bonkers when she chased down Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa in the closing meters. (The movies went viral inside minutes.)

King, 24, claimed the bronze — an anticlimactic consequence for certainly one of the sport’s most outspoken personalities. Despite having aimed to grow to be the first lady to win two gold medals in the occasion, she mentioned she was happy together with her race.

“And so excited for Lydia,” mentioned King, who had not lost a race in the 100-meter breaststroke since 2015. “I love to see the future of American breaststroke coming up like this and to have somebody to go at it head-to-head when we’re in the country.”

Another relative upset performed out in the males’s 100-meter backstroke, an occasion that Americans had gained at each Olympics since 1996. This time, nevertheless, Ryan Murphy, the defending Olympic champion, received off to a gradual begin and completed third behind a pair of Russians, Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov.

Murphy mentioned he was not dissatisfied.

“That was my best swim of the year, so it’s nice to be able to do that in the pressure-packed final,” he mentioned, including: “Shoot for the stars, land on the moon. That’s kind of what it is. Winning an Olympic gold means you’re the best in the world. Being third in the world is no slouch.”

King had made waves at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for partaking in a personal rivalry with Yuliya Efimova of Russia, a six-time world champion. Ahead of Rio, Efimova had served a 16-month suspension for doping, then was allowed to compete regardless of failing one other drug take a look at.

King was extremely essential of that call. After outswimming Efimova in the Olympic remaining, King splashed water in Efimova’s lane. (King later mentioned it was unintentional.)

Yet in the run-up to the Tokyo Games, King continued to be outspoken about dishonest, expressing concern about spotty drug-testing protocols throughout the pandemic.

On Tuesday, there was no obvious controversy — solely good vibes. King was ending up her interviews in the media space when Jacoby arrived.

“Off to you, kiddo,” King informed her. “No international incidents today.”

Swimming: Women’s 100m Breaststroke Final

Katie Ledecky won the inaugural women’s Olympic 1,500-meter freestyle by a margin of more than four seconds.
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In her third Summer Games, Katie Ledecky was lastly in a position to swim for Olympic gold in what is actually her finest occasion: the 1,500-meter freestyle, the longest race contested in the pool.

Since 1904, the occasion had been out there solely to males in the Olympic Games. Women who contested the occasion in different meets needed to accept the 800 meters at the Games, an occasion that Ledecky will attempt to win for a 3rd time on Saturday.

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On Wednesday morning, although, she lastly received her probability in the 1,500 and delivered her first gold of the Tokyo Games. Ledecky’s time of quarter-hour 37.34 seconds was greater than 4 seconds quicker than her American teammate Erica Sullivan (15:41.41), who gained the silver, and greater than 5 seconds forward of the bronze medalist, Sarah Kohler of Germany (15:42.91).

Ledecky holds the world document and had the prime qualifying time on Monday. Her victory in the swimming equal of a 5-kilometer run — a grueling marathon that requires 30 journeys up and again the size of the pool — got here just a little greater than an hour after Ledecky had completed fifth in the 200 freestyle remaining.

But in simply competing in the race, Ledecky — who has gained three 1,500-meter world championships and has set world data six instances, greater than any swimmer in the occasion, male or feminine — was getting a possibility denied to distance-swimming greats like Janet Evans, Debbie Meyer, Shane Gould and Jennifer Turrall.

Until 1968, the longest Olympic occasion in girls’s swimming was solely 400 meters. Meyer gained the first 800-meter Olympic race for ladies at the Mexico City Games that year, in addition to the 200 and 400 freestyle.

She held the world document in each the 800 and the 1,500 again then, and she informed The Times in 2014 that she questioned why the longer race was not out there at the Olympics. Meyer mentioned she had been informed that there weren’t sufficient nations with girls competing in the 1,500.

“It really was all about the thinking then,” she mentioned, “which was, women were the weaker sex and because men were stronger people, they could last the distance.”

Over the years, different discrepancies in swimming have been resolved. From 1984 to 1996, for instance, the males had three relays and the girls two. At the Atlanta Games, the girls gained parity, with a 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

But FINA, the worldwide governing physique for aquatics, had lengthy resisted permitting girls to compete in the 1,500 at the Summer Games, regardless of efforts in each sport to make the Olympic expertise equal for ladies and males.

In 2015, Julio Maglione, the FINA president, mentioned he doubted that the 1,500 may very well be added to the Olympic program, which was already full of races at a number of distances for each stroke.

Yet now, not solely have girls gained the 1,500, however male distance swimmers even have an 800 on their schedule for the first time since 1904. A blended medley relay has been added, with two males and two girls on every staff.

The longest swim in Tokyo, nevertheless, won’t happen in the pool. The 10-kilometer open-water occasion was added to the Olympics in 2008, with races for males and girls.

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