D.he 17-year-old breaststroke swimmer Lydia Jacoby surprisingly won Olympic gold over 100 meters. The American prevailed on Tuesday in Tokyo ahead of the South African Tatjana Schoenmaker and her compatriot and top favorite Lilly King. Jacoby struck in their first Olympic Games after 1: 04.95 minutes. When she looked at the scoreboard, she opened her mouth and eyes wide in disbelief and then happily waved to the other athletes and supervisors in the stands. Jacoby is the first ever Olympic swimming champion from Alaska.
The first title of the day had previously been secured by the British Tom Dean in the 200 meter freestyle. The 21-year-old prevailed over one of Paul Biedermann’s two long-track world record courses just ahead of his compatriot Duncan Scott. The Australian Kaylee McKeown won over 100 meters back in an Olympic record time of 57.47 seconds. In the men’s category, the Russian Evgeny Rylow won ahead of Kliment Kolesnikow, who is also from Russia.
German swimmers are eliminated in the semifinals
The two German starters of the first Tuesday session were eliminated in the semifinals of the 200 meter freestyle. Olympic debutante Isabel Gose missed her second finals. The 19-year-old reached 1: 57.07 minutes in the semi-finals of the 200 meter freestyle. Eleventh place was not enough for the final on Wednesday, but she should have improved her personal best on Monday of 1: 56.80 minutes. “I’ll find out what happened in the half second. It was fun again, ”said the 19-year-old. Gose had previously convinced in sixth in the final of the 400 meter freestyle the day before and was therefore the best European.
For Annika Bruhn, the semi-finals were also the end of the line. She finished 14th in 1: 57.62 minutes. “I would have liked to swim a little faster,” said the 28-year-old and said: “I didn’t have high expectations. I was just happy to be in the semifinals. ”The fastest in the fight for a place in the final was the Australian Ariarne Titmus, the Olympic champion in the 400 meter freestyle.
For Isabel Gose and Annika Bruhn, the prelude to the 4×200 freestyle relay continues on Wednesday. “We have a cool team,” says Bruhn. “The final is the goal,” said Gose.